DIY Doodled Cooler

July 26, 2016Allison Murray
Make your cooler one-of-a-kind. How inspiring is this doodled ice chest? LOVE!

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Make your cooler one-of-a-kind. How inspiring is this doodled ice chest? LOVE!

I am a really big fan of getting things done, a trait I’m pretty sure comes from my Mimmie. Even though I can be slow in life, and I have absolutely no understanding of how that occurs, I hate dawdling. Equally distasteful to me is laziness. I’ve been told that I really shouldn’t compare the activity level of others with the activity level of myself.

On this day, for example, I got up at 6 something a.m. and did a little bit of picking up house (but not nearly enough, ha!) Then worked until about 2:00 p.m. in my lightbox and on my computer. Then Rob and I worked on cleaning the garage for about half an hour and went to the landfill to drop off a bunch of cardboard and pick up some pallet wood. Around 3:30 p.m. we came home and packed up to head to the island to take staged pictures for work. We allowed maybe 15 minutes to just sit on our beach blanket and enjoy the surf. On the way home we stopped at the store so that I could buy supplies for work and then the grocery store so Rob could cook fish for supper since we had just been at the water which makes seafood DELICIOUS! While he cooked, I was on my computer editing photos from the beach and responding to any of the emails I got while I was gone that weren’t junk messages. We ate and then I went back to my computer for about an hour while Rob was still finishing his supper. I took a break for about 20 minutes and sat with Rob and the dogs at the new table set I got him for his birthday (that he came home and found part of sitting by the front door, “hey, what’s that umbrella for?” I’m so not sneaky). To finish up the night I worked for about 30 minutes more before realizing I was making mistakes so I decided to head to bed to stream an episode of ‘Luther’. I sat in bed for about an hour trying to figure out why I couldn’t get into Instagram and I finally went to sleep around 12:20 a.m.

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Make your cooler one-of-a-kind. How inspiring is this doodled ice chest? LOVE!

This is a normal day for me in a normal week. I normally work 7 days a week but take one half day off, normally on the weekend. I wind up going on trips to town to source materials 1-3 times a week and sometimes, especially if Rob goes with me, I get a bit sidetracked and we wind up hitting up the home decor store looking for the perfectly interesting thing to add to our burgeoning collection of extraordinary things.

On my “day off” we often go visit someplace for fun, but I’ve even turned that into work developing a new Texas travel blog for Rob and I to share out adventures. But because I am my own boss there are sometimes days where I’ll take the whole afternoon off to go with Rob to the doctor, which is a decent drive away, or just up and go to the beach. As it so happens, I love the beach. I’ll make time for the beach. I swear my pasty rear hasn’t been this tan in AGES.

Make your cooler one-of-a-kind. How inspiring is this doodled ice chest? LOVE!

It’s because I get this busy that Rob and I are big, BIG fans of shopping at Sam’s Club. We tend to keep the freezer stocked with meat and veggies for Rob to cook us supper, because he’s great about cooking at least 6 nights out of the week. We also buy our beverages at Sam’s Club because we save so much money and we don’t have to continually go back to the store over and over and over. Here in Brownsville the city water is the PITS and so we only drink bottled water and we buy many cases at a time at Sam’s to keep up with our hydration. Plain water can get boring, though, and really sugary things can be dehydrating which is important to my Rob. We’ve found vitaminwater gives him something a little different. It also doesn’t hurt that vitaminwater is nutrient enhanced with vitamins and electrolytes because Mr. Rob is totally into that whole balanced lifestyle type of thing.

Make your cooler one-of-a-kind. How inspiring is this doodled ice chest? LOVE!

On our last visit to Sam’s Club we saw that they had a 20-pack of vitaminwaters with 3 different flavors and so, along with our plain ol’ every day water, we grabbed a case. Before visiting the beach on this day I grabbed a few bottles from our fully stashed drink caddy in the kitchen and on the way out Rob grabbed us a bag of ice at the convenience store and we hit the road.

I have to say that I had never had vitaminwater before but I do like it, very much. The taste is light and it doesn’t have any weird aftertaste like lots of hydrating drinks I’ve tried. It’s fruity and sweet and I rather like it to the point that we’ll be keeping it on hand as a water alternative for trips in the future.

Make your cooler one-of-a-kind. How inspiring is this doodled ice chest? LOVE!

Speaking of, did you happen to check out that awesome ice chest up there? I’ve become obsessed with doodling as of late and so I busted out my oil paint markers and got after it. Want to see how?

For this project you will need:

  • Ice chest
  • Oil paint markers
  • Acrylic spray sealer

Make your cooler one-of-a-kind. How inspiring is this doodled ice chest? LOVE!

I’ve got a new medication that I have to have compounded all the way in Houston. It also has to be refrigerated on the 7-8 hour ride home so we are STOCKED on ice chests. It seems we go to get my meds, forget it has to be refrigerated so we don’t grab the ice chest and purchase another one on the way back home :)

Make your cooler one-of-a-kind. How inspiring is this doodled ice chest? LOVE!

This project is about as simple as they get… grab your oil based paint markers and doodle to your hearts content. Lines, dots, crosses, and simple shapes can all be built upon to make an impressive and interesting design. It’s okay if you’re not much of an artist. It all starts with just a simple repetition like those red lines you see above.

While working take care to allow your paint a bit of time to dry. Working left to right works very well for me to allow proper dry time. any time you smear the paint, getting it back off again is going to prove a total nightmare. I only smudged once and I couldn’t get the stain away so it’s tinted a new color in a place. Luckily it is so busy you can’t tell!

Make your cooler one-of-a-kind. How inspiring is this doodled ice chest? LOVE!

After you’ve doodled all of your space allow ample dry time for the paint to cure. A quick few coats of acrylic spray sealer will help protect your paint and keep it on longer. This is something we did not do but after bumping that sucker into the truck door and the pier and having it rub against Rob’s swim trunks during the walk to the beach we realized that was an issue.

Make your cooler one-of-a-kind. How inspiring is this doodled ice chest? LOVE!

Stocked with our vitaminwater our cooler got quite a bit of attention at the beach, which was pretty dang crowded :) It was more due to the doodles than our beverage choices, I daresay, but heads definitely turned!

Make your cooler one-of-a-kind. How inspiring is this doodled ice chest? LOVE!

Though it may have only a been a few minutes I did get a bit of a break and a nice breather. And it was at the beach and, as I’ve mentioned, I freaking LOVE the beach.

To fulfill all of your hydration needs this summer visit a Sam’s Club near you. And be sure to grab some vitamins, electrolytes and zero blah (a.k.a. vitaminwater :)

Make your cooler one-of-a-kind. How inspiring is this doodled ice chest? LOVE!

Comments (1)

  • Nicole Elliott ~ Client

    July 26, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    What fun!!! Glad you were able to get what sounds like a much needed breather in your crazy life! vitaminwater and the beach are definitely the perfect combos to get that done!

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