Easy DIY Outdoor End Table with Storage or Cooler

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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.

Everyone needs outdoor side tables. I like this particular project because you can take it with you and fill it will all kind’s of snacks, beverages and other things.

Are you looking for an outdoor end table with storage?  This is a super easy and inexpensive DIY that also doubles as a cooler.  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 Materials

You’ll need a 15″ plastic flower pot and a pizza pan to create the table. I got both of mine from Walmart.

I used Rustoleum paint, sprayed it, let dry completely, and I waited 24 hours before it was ready for use.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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...

When you’re ready for a beverage – open the lid…

Everyone can get what they want.

Everyone can get what they want.

It's transportable, great as a gift idea, & useful for holidays and yard parties. We love ours and are so happy with how light, useful, and portable it is.

Are you looking for an outdoor end table with storage?  This is a super easy and inexpensive DIY that also doubles as a cooler.

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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Maybe you want to make another outdoor accent table, check these out for inspiration.

Now you could change it up and add a glass tabletop to it, but I always wanted to avoid cracking and that is why I went with the pizza pan. This stainless steel hardware will hold up over time. You could pick a resin wicker flower pot as well.

Grab some other essentials while you are at it, and maybe DIY an outdoor coffee table, or purchase a patio coffee table. These simple ideas can help change the look of your patio.

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39 Comments

  1. What a great idea! So simple, functional, and looks great too!

    1. Thank you so much Linda! I love how we can transport it where we need it as well.

  2. What a fantastic idea! Don’t have to keep getting up to get a drink. Nice.

    1. Thank you so much Pam, I love it for that reason too πŸ™‚

  3. 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?

    1. Thank you and that is a great idea to add some handles – then you have a serving tray too πŸ˜‰

  4. Clever, clever, clever! (As always!) Again, thanks so much for sharing at our Party in Your PJs link party! You’re awesome.

    1. You are so very sweet Nina, thank you so very much πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Antionette and it’s so easy to take places too πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for the great party Marilyn, have a great trip!

    1. You’re the best Marilyn, thank you so very much

  5. 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!

    1. I’m so thrilled you like it Milissa and that sounds like a great use of them – thanks for sharing.

  6. I love this, why walk for a nice cold one when you can have it next to you. Pinned

    1. Thank you so much Anita, and you’re so right friend!

    1. Thank you so much Vanessa – we have put it to great use.

    1. Thank you so much Alexandra! It actually lasted longer than I thought it would.

    1. Thank you so much Sarah – it’s so great and we’ve used it lots. Can take it anywhere easily too.

  7. 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.

    1. 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 πŸ™‚

  8. This is so clever, Chas. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s!

    1. Thank you so much Ann – we use it for so many things.

  9. This is a simple idea that solves the beverage dilemma! Thanks for sharing. #trafficjamweekend.

    1. Thank you so much Tracy – it’s sure come in handy.

  10. Ha! This so clever!

    Thank you for sharing with Creative Compulsions!
    Michelle
    mybijoulifeonline.com

    1. Thank you so much Michelle – it’s been quite handy

  11. Brilliant! Its those little things that make summer outdoor fun that much more fun! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

    1. Thank you so much Sara, I’m thrilled you think so too πŸ™‚

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