Monday, August 5, 2013

Vintage Wash Tub Beverage Cooler

I’d like you to meet the newest addition to our family.

Vintage Wash Tub Beverage Cooler

Isn’t she cute?  She has nice legs.

This vintage wash tub turned beverage cooler was all Nate’s idea.  Most girls get all gushy when their husbands do things like bring them flowers or take out the trash.  Those things will never happen in my house so I will get gushy over his new found love of junk.  Totally better than flowers.  (I would still be head over heels if the trash somehow found it’s way out without my help.  But I’ll totally take junk.)

Nate asked me to be on the look out for a vintage wash tub.  He was with me a couple of weeks ago and we found this wash tub for $30.

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It was quite rusty and chippy.  We were debating keeping it that way.  After thinking about it, we decided to make it a little more us. 

Nate purchased a 3M Paint and Rust Stripper and got to sanding.

Vintage Wash Tub for Beverages

It turned out all shiny.

Vintage Wash Tub for Beverages

I then taped it all up and gave it 2 coats of Valspar’s Red Queen Outdoor paint.  We decided to paint the legs to make it prettier and to help protect it from the elements.  We’ll probably store it inside but we may leave it out every now and then.

Vintage Wash Tub for Beverages

Ike likes that it matches his bandana.

Vintage Wash Tub for Beverages

Who doesn’t love a quick and easy project that ends with a fun before and after?  No one.

Vintage Wash Tub Beverage Cooler Before and After

Who’s glad wash tubs are now for booze and not laundry? 

Looking for more booze fun?  Check out our DIY beer tasting flight carrier!

24 comments:

  1. looks fabulous and i love the glossy red! ike looks so please- he did great!

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  2. Red Queen indeed. Very regal. Nice buy.

    Me thinks the Queen would like to be filled with Natty Ice instead of that high quality suds.

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    1. There was some Keystone lite in fridge. Sick.

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  3. Travis would LOVE this.

    I just gagged at Natty Ice, Thanks John! :-X

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  4. I love how your picture happened at my parents. Did you have a huge party with the cousins or what? LOL :o) But in all seriousness I love it and might need one similar for myself now.

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    1. The whole family was there but you! And Nate wanted to kill two birds with one stone....blog photos and keep beer cold at the fire pit!

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    2. We weren't invited apparently :oP I see how it goes...

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    3. Now, now..... There are no invites needed to come home! We will see you Friday.

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  5. I'm so jealous of those sexy legs! Here I am, getting swollen kankles, and you show me some hot legs. That's just rude. :) But for real, I LOVE how it turned out. I bet it will go perfect with your new outside table. Time to start watching the classifieds for old wash basins!

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  6. amazing how much rust came off! Looks amazing and you have to love husband approved thrift/antique shopping. All the fun none of the guilt.

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  7. MICHELLE! did you come steal that from my house while we were out of town saturday? I brought one JUST like that home from my parents house last weekend. like, the exact same one.
    when i saw the photo come up on my feed it boggled my mind...

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  8. Looks great! I have a tub that I use at parties to hold water/beer/etc and it has a bottle opener on the side. I wonder if that's something you'd be able to add to your wash tub cooler to give it an extra bit of functionality? :)

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  9. That rust stuff worked wonders on that thing! Love the red legs!

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  10. That Queen has some sexy legs! I love the color you chose and how awesome the tub is in general! Nice find :)

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  11. I would just wear dirty clothes all the time because no. Yay for adorable booze tubs!

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  12. That would get a ton of use around our house. Great idea, Nate!

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  13. I love the red! It makes me want to go get something out of the cooler...non alcoholic of course.

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  14. Love it! The red is perfect for the legs.
    I'm starting to get the hubby interested in junk too which is a great thing ;)

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  15. I love love love this project so much! And i love that you painted the legs red. My favorite!

    Now, you know I want one. Because I pretty much just want to copy every one of your projects.

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  16. There is seriously something wrong with me. I was straining to see what the bottles were of. Guess I need to know what you're drinking.

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  17. Excellent! I love this! Now I must have one...

    My parents had a larger one that they had in there garage sale a few years back. My SIL and I were both involved and neither of us bothered to be all "hey, we need to keep that" until my dad sold it to some guy for $20. womp womp

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