Are you looking for an outdoor end table with storage? This is a super easy and inexpensive DIY that also doubles as a cooler.
I am super excited about this project and can’t wait to share it with you. These are easy and inexpensive patio side tables that can double as a cooler! So useful and the best part is that you can take it with you – football games, parties, camping, etc.
End Table with Storage Materials
You’ll need a 15″ plastic flower pot and a pizza pan to create the table. I got both of mine from Walmart.
End Table with Storage Instructions
I was working with Hometalk on a video for this and we talked about options to spruce it up a bit more. We decided to try and give it a galvanized steel look. (Thanks Kara for the idea and help.)
Optional Step – I used Rustoleum paint, sprayed it, let dry completely, and I waited 24 hours before it was ready for use. I chose Rustoleum because it is weather resistant and won’t peel. This way I can keep my accent table on the deck.
Here comes the fun part! Add some ice to the inside of your flower pot.
Fill the flower pot with a variety of your favorite drinks for everyone.
Put your pizza pan on top and it will serve as the table top.
So simple and now you’re ready to enjoy your side table in any outdoor space!
When you’re ready for a beverage – open the lid…
Everyone can get what they want.
It’s transportable and weather-resistant. It is a great gift idea, & useful for holidays and backyard parties. We love ours and are so happy with how light, useful, and portable it is.
End Table with Storage Video
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What a great idea! So simple, functional, and looks great too!
Thank you so much Linda! I love how we can transport it where we need it as well.
What a fantastic idea! Don’t have to keep getting up to get a drink. Nice.
Thank you so much Pam, I love it for that reason too 🙂
Super cool idea
Thank you so much Molly 🙂
This is a great idea. I bet it wouldn’t be too hard to add a handle to it – pizza pans aren’t that stiff so drilling through them and adding a drawer pull?
Thank you and that is a great idea to add some handles – then you have a serving tray too 😉
Nina Lewis says
Clever, clever, clever! (As always!) Again, thanks so much for sharing at our Party in Your PJs link party! You’re awesome.
You are so very sweet Nina, thank you so very much 🙂
Antionette Blake says
A great craft for the summer – perfect for the little ones. #TrafficJamWeekend
Thank you so much Antionette and it’s so easy to take places too 🙂
Marilyn Lesniak says
Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.
Thanks for the great party Marilyn, have a great trip!
Marilyn Lesniak says
Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.
You’re the best Marilyn, thank you so very much
Milissa S says
I will probably make 2 of these for the pool side, one for each side of the pool, so the kids can grab a drink and they won’t have to come inside while wet to get a cold refreshing drink! I also like that this flower pot can be left outside and won’t get ruined by rain or sun. Love this! Thanks for sharing!
I’m so thrilled you like it Milissa and that sounds like a great use of them – thanks for sharing.
Anita Holland says
I love this, why walk for a nice cold one when you can have it next to you. Pinned
Thank you so much Anita, and you’re so right friend!
Love it. Simple and customisable. Perfect 🙂
Thank you so much Vanessa – we have put it to great use.
This is pretty cool! Does the ice keep pretty well?
Thank you so much Alexandra! It actually lasted longer than I thought it would.
Sarah @ The DIY Mommy says
So smart! I could totally use one of these!
Thank you so much Sarah – it’s so great and we’ve used it lots. Can take it anywhere easily too.
What a fabulous idea! I don’t know where you come up with these ideas, but you really have a lot of good ones. This is perfect for a little outside get together.
Thank you so much for the kind words Amy – you just made my day friend! You are just a gem and I hope one day to meet you. Would love to watch you cook and learn 🙂
Carol Cook says
What a clever idea!
Thank you Carol
This is so clever, Chas. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s!
Thank you so much Ann – we use it for so many things.
Tracy Albiero says
This is a simple idea that solves the beverage dilemma! Thanks for sharing. #trafficjamweekend.
Thank you so much Tracy – it’s sure come in handy.
Ha! This so clever!
Thank you for sharing with Creative Compulsions!
Thank you so much Michelle – it’s been quite handy
Brilliant! Its those little things that make summer outdoor fun that much more fun! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!
Thank you so much Sara, I’m thrilled you think so too 🙂