Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Coolest Cooler

We had a most excellent holiday weekend, and I hope you did, too.

We celebrated a victory in the Hawkeye's home opener (WOOT! Remember when I said one of my favorite things about fall was football? Wasn't kidding).

The Redhead totally represented for her Mama's alma mater.

She was way more enthusiastic about the game than this picture indicates. I promise.

As part of the festivities, Mr. V. celebrated a "Bags" victory (a.k.a. beanbag toss... it's officially called "Cornhole". I KNOW. And I know it's because you toss bags filled with corn through a hole, but seriously). I've never seen more smack-talking by grown men at a children's game, but you can see by their bursting-at-the-seams grins and their hardware (aka their "trophies") that this is serious business.

One of the most popular stations at our tailgate was actually a recent project. I'd like to think it's because it was so darn creative people couldn't stay away... but let's get real, here. It's where the beverages were.

It's yet another testament to the magic, instant-transformation powers of chalkboard paint. In just one evening, with a roller, some tape and some leftover chalkboard paint we took this:

and made it this:

The cooler is one of those promotional displays that you would normally find at a gas station or in a grocery store. I'm fortunate that my dad has worked in the grocery industry for many moons, and he brought this guy (and another, who is also sheathed in chalkboard paint) to The V Side and they've gotten some serious use.

Make friends with your local grocery store or convenience store manager, and let them know you're interested in taking one of these guys off their hands when the store is through with them. You might be surprised how willing they could be to unload them.

And if that doesn't work, this is an easy project to adapt to a regular cooler, too! How many times have you been to a barbecue and they've had beverages sorted into different coolers... and you've had to flip the lids of 5 different ones before locating what you're looking for? Paint the body, or even a simple square on the top with chalkboard paint and VOILA, people. 
Check out this link to see how Allison over at HOH re-vamped her cooler.  No chalkboard on this one, but it does look awesome!

This won't take but a couple coats in a couple hours, and you'll have a cooler you'll want everyone to see!
Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick


  1. AWESOME! I love this. You did a great job. I am going to talk to my grocery manager today.

  2. Such a great idea! I haven't jumped in on the chalkboard paint party just yet, but this might be cool enough to push me to it :) I'm glad I found your blog!

  3. GENIUS! I love it when things can be repurpsed...and even more when it looks awesome!!

  4. I would LOVE if you would share this on my facebook fan page. Just upload a picture or two to my photo album. Please feel free to add a link back to your site.

    Here's a link to my fan page:
    Facebook.com/House of Hepworths

    My fan page photo album needs a little love from you. ;)

    Thank you so much!!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths