Upcycling a Beverage Cooler into a Wine Bucket or Small Wine Cooler

Upcycling a Beverage Cooler into a Wine Bucket or Small Wine Cooler

How about a crazy easy summer time project that requires no tools or effort whatsoever? This is one of those ideas of mine that *almost* doesn’t warrant a blog post because it’s so dang simple. BUT- I’ve learned through your comments that even when I have a simple project idea, I should always publish it here on the blog. So, here we are…with a thrifted beverage cooler that I upcycled into a wine bucket or small wine cooler!

There I was at Habitat ReStore- looking for treasures and inspiration, as per the norm. And for whatever reason, my ReStore often has a decent selection of Thermos-type containers and coolers in various sizes.

Maybe because the store is frequented by builders and outdoor workers? I don’t know…

Anyway, one cooler stuck out among the others: this 1-gallon beverage cooler that was a pretty teal color.

Beverage cooler or drink cooler at thrift store for upcycling idea into a wine bucket or small wine cooler by Sadie Seasongoods

It was neither vintage (i.e., valuable) or perfectly clean (slight ick), and the broken handle had been tucked inside. But, I loved the teal color and the tall-ish, narrow-ish shape reminded me of a wine bucket or small wine cooler.

If I upcycled it into a wine cooler, then the “ick” factor didn’t matter because my drink would never come in direct contact with it. And the broken handle was a moot point. A simple but sublime “related reuse” project that maybe fell just shy of a full-scale upcycle or repurpose. 

Cleaning up a beverage cooler from thrift store that will become a countertop wine cooler or wine bucket by Sadie Seasongoods

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Upcycling a Beverage Cooler into a Wine Bucket

So, here’s the thing- The beverage cooler didn’t need ANYTHING DONE TO IT, other than a good scrubbing in the sink. I could have just as easily done that, popped a bottle of rosé inside and surrounded it with ice. But OF COURSE, I needed to embellish it ever so slightly.

And how would I embellish it? Well, the phrase “It’s 5:00 somewhere!” kept bouncing around in my mind, no matter how hard I tried to come up with something else.

So, I decided to embrace that phrase but in my own dry-humor kind of way. I purchased a clock face stencil, fixed it to the outside of the cooler with painter’s tape, and grabbed basic white paint and my favorite stencil brushes (from this online shop).

Using a Clock face stencil or clock stencil to decorate a beverage cooler that is now a wine bucket by Sadie Seasongoods

I knew going into this that my stenciling might be subpar. The ridges on the beverage cooler prevented the clock face stencil from laying flat across the surface. But I went about my stenciling business anyway, hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst.

It's 5 o clock somewhere sign on a beverage cooler to become a wine bucket using a clock face stencil by Sadie Seasongoods

But, you know what? It wasn’t awful! Not perfectly crisp like I normally aim for, as the numerals had slightly fuzzy edges. But about as good as could be expected given the uneven surface.

Besides, it’s going to be a wine bucket and wine makes me a little fuzzy, too.

Decorating a beverage cooler to become a small wine cooler with a clock face stencil by Sadie Seasongoods

Now to make my clock say 5:00 permanently! (That’s my dry humor version of “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!”).

The clock face stencil didn’t come with hands, so I commandeered my arrows stencil, identified one of the smallest arrows, and carefully stippled paint until it read 5:00.

Adding clock hands to it's 5 o clock somewhere sign by using an arrows stencil with clock face stencil by Sadie Seasongoods

It worked like a charm! Now, I just needed to seal the stenciled paint with a couple of quick coats of a matte spray using my go-to trigger handle.

Using a spray on top coat to protect stencil design on beverage cooler that is now a wine bucket or small wine cooler by Sadie Seasongoods

Wine Bucket / Small Wine Cooler with “It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere” Sign

And that was it! Like I mentioned before, the stenciling was just a fun way to embellish it. But it’s certainly not a required step to repurpose a beverage cooler into a wine bucket or small wine cooler.

Upcycling a beverage cooler into a wine bucket or small wine cooler to use on hot summer nights for happy hour at home by Sadie Seasongoods

It’s perfect for those hot summer nights and hosting happy hour at home. And, because it’s a plastic beverage cooler, it’s not breakable, which is always a bonus on my book.

Small wine cooler or wine bucket with it's 5 o clock somewhere sign by upcycling a beverage cooler by Sadie Seasongoods

I’d love to hear how you’d personalize your own beverage-cooler-turned wine chiller in the comments below.

And you know what pairs nicely with a small wine cooler? Mosquito candles or citronella candles in upcycled vintage planters!

Mosquito candles or outdoor candles using beeswax, citronella essential oil, and ceramic planters by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Amanda Lake says

    Great idea as always. Perfect for outdoor get togethers. I love those old beverage holders.

  2. Clever and cute!

  3. d brossy says

    another clever, inexpensive idea with the usual amusing commentary from you ! always enjoy your imaginative, economical, artistic posts. :))

  4. Well now that’s adorable! I kind of wish I was a wine drinker now!

    Tania

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Aww, thank you! And I’m pretty sure any 1-liter sized bottle or carafe would fit just fine, no matter the contents!

  5. Stephanie says

    Omg ! Brilliant!! I think mine will show 5o’clock all around !!😆

  6. Love it , I too would have made all the numbers “5”. When I was young my grandmother repainted a clock for her bar that had all 5’s and said “Drinks are served at 5”.

  7. Tracie Davis says

    This is a great “leave behind” idea – make it part of the hostess gift for a cookout. Thanks!

  8. Kathy A. says

    I can hear Alan Jackson singing now! Great upcycle! As usual!

  9. Wlove this!

  10. Jeannie Wallace says

    This is beyond awesome. I love it. Great job as usual.

  11. Sometimes you’ve just got to keep it simple! Wine makes me a little fuzzy round the edges too! Funny that!

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