Have you ever seen someone leaving a rummage sale with a hunk of junk and a huge smile on their face? Do you wonder why they’re grinning ear-to-ear? Most likely they’re an upcycler and they’re going to turn that trash into treasure.
Upcycling is the art of taking an item most would deem worthless and flipping it into something that wows. Take this pool noodle, for instance. Most who own pools also have a few of these $2 floatable kids toys laying around — and really, how many does a person need? It would be a completely ordinary choice to just throw one out, but one creative upcycler decided to take this pool noodle, cut it in fours, and create a floating drink chiller with it — and really, what’s cooler than that?
But upcycling doesn’t end there — there are tons of terrific things you can do with old pallets, T-shirts, and even rusty, old rakes.
Courtney O’Dell at the creative-living blog, Sweet T’s Designs, has figured out a brilliant way to utilize an old sewing table. Best part? Her creation is perfect for your next outdoor barbecue and perfect for summer…
Courtney wanted to create a cute focal point for her baby’s first birthday. That’s when she remembered she had an old sewing table she had been meaning to do something with.
She described it as, “A funky, drab, boring old sewing table that my mom snagged at consignment shop for something like $40, and then she passed it on to me.” She spray painted it white and let it sit in her garage for weeks until it hit her to do something unique with the hollow space inside it.
First, she took off the handle and decided to spray paint the table aqua to reflect the colors of her baby’s nursery.
When the table had dried, she took out some electronics it had come with. “I then grabbed an unused roasting pan lid (a big heavy one that is big enough for a turkey),” Courtney wrote in her blog. “And placed it in the table lined up with the opening. I then measured out a piece of wood – any scrap plank thicker than one and three-inch wide will do — and had my husband screw it in to the sides of the table.”
Then, when she flipped over the table, she filled the pan with ice.
She turned a sewing table into a cooler and drink table!
Courtney’s not alone, either. Others have attempted this project and have created equally cute coolers.
One Instructables user, knife141, used a vintage cabinet instead of a sewing table to create his cooler.
Yet, whatever piece of furniture you fancy — like this one from Bliss and Blossom Designs — the end result is bound to be a stunner at your next backyard gathering.
What do you think of this cool cooler idea?
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