Treasure Chest Cooler

Build an awesome treasure chest cooler!

Treasure Chest Cooler

Do you have older appliances you need to upcycle or at least re-face? If the appliances still work, you may be able to save money with some creative revamping. You could update the item without spending a fortune.

This project is an excellent example. You can bring a little more fun in providing drinks at gatherings by turning your chest cooler into a pirate treasure chest!

It’s great for kids’ parties, Halloween and Christmas parties, and all other sorts of fun gatherings! A pirate’s treasure chest will surely be a hit among kids – and adults too.

It’s very easy to build, and a great way to make use of some scrap timber you may have in your workshop. You can stain and give it a rich or dark but aged wood finish to achieve that look of authenticity.

Treasure Chest Cooler

Since it is made mostly out of plywood, this treasure chest cooler is not as heavy as it looks. It can be carried by one person when empty. When full of ice and drinks, it might take two people to carry the unit. Just make sure to use good quality hardware, and your treasure chest cooler will surely have no problem holding all the weight!

Is this going to be your next project?


  • Cooler
  • 5/8″ Plywood
  • 1/2″ Threaded PVC Fitting
  • Reclaimed Timber Slats
  • Wood Glue
  • Nails and Screws
  • Rustic Hardware (hinges, handles, lock, nail covers)
  • Dark Wood Stain
  • Wood Sealant
  • Hose Bibb
  • Escutcheon Plate
  • 1/2″ Flange


  • Circular Saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Finish Nailer
  • Drill
  • Sander

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Thanks to ShutupLori for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here



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