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Patriotic Beverage Cooler

By: Creative Ramblings
June 20, 2014

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Patriotic Beverage Cooler
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I picked up an unfinished crate a few weeks back knowing I would find a fabulous use for it. We enjoy spending time on our deck in the summer with friends and family. This crate, with a little paint and creativity, would make the perfect place to chill drinks. I decided to transform this simple wooden crate into a festive Patriotic Beverage Cooler.

Items needed:

  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Serene
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Everlasting
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Romance
  • Wooden crate
  • Paint brush
  • Sponge brush
  • Star stencil
  • Shallow plastic tub
  • Twine
  • Water basin


I started by painting the sides of the crate in Romance. This chalk paint only required one coat for full coverage and a beautiful matte finish.

Instruction #1 - Patriotic Crate painting
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I then painted the slats Serene.

Once dry I used a star stencil on one blue side. I placed the stencil where I wanted it then gently, with very little paint, used the sponge brush to apply Everlasting paint.

Instruction #2 - Patriotic crate stencil
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Once dry I filled a shallow plastic tub with ice and placed it inside the crate. I used a tub that was the same width as the crate. The plastic sides flex a bit so the lips of the tub sat nicely inside the slates securing it.

Instruction #3 - Patriotic Crate ice bucket
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I then wrapped some twine around the hands to finish it off.


Instruction #4 - Patriotic Crate twine handles
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This crate functions as a fun party accessory, but it would also be a cute and functional piece indoors.

Instruction #5 - Patriotic crate close up
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