Turn a Wooden Stool Into a Party Beverage Station

This easy, DIY beverage station is not only cute and functional, it's upcycling genius.

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Materials Needed

  • wooden barstool
  • 11-gallon galvanized bucket
  • sandpaper
  • 1-quart exterior semi-gloss paint
  • 1 can flat white spray paint
  • paintbrush
  • dropcloth
  • drill
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • 3/16-inch drill bit
  • 1-inch wood screws
  • spigot with gaskets
  • clear waterproof silicone sealant
  • rags

Prep Surfaces

In order for the paint to stick and hold up over time, give the stool and the bucket a thorough but light sanding with a fine-grit sandpaper, then wipe off any excess dust.

Step 1- Prep Surfaces

Step 1- Prep Surfaces

In order for the paint to stick and hold up over time, give the stool and the bucket a thorough but light sanding with a fine grit sandpaper, then wipe off any excess dust.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Spray-Paint Bucket + Stool Seat

Spray-paint the exterior of the bucket and the very top of the stool seat white (if it will be exposed). Set aside and allow to dry.

Step 2- Spray Paint

Step 2- Spray Paint

Using light sweeping motions, spray paint the exterior of the bucket and the very top of the stool seat white, too (if it will be exposed). Set aside and allow to dry.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Paint Stool Legs

Next, paint the stool's legs using an exterior paint.

Step 3- Paint Stool

Step 3- Paint Stool

Next, paint the stool’s legs using an exterior paint. We went with a bold cobalt blue that looks great with the home’s gray and black exterior.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Secure Bucket

Once the paint is dry, place the bucket in position on the stool. Drill four pilot holes using a 3/16-inch drill bit (Image A), then add a generous bead of silicone sealant to each hole before securing bucket in place with wood screws (Image B). The silicone will help keep the bucket water tight as the ice begins to melt inside. Seal any interior seams of the bucket, as well, just to be safe.

Prep Bucket for Spigot

On the outside of the bucket, lightly mark where you want the spigot to be located. Then, using a 1/2-inch drill bit, bore the hole. Keep in mind, you may need to use a larger drill bit, depending on the dimensions of your particular spigot. We repurposed a spigot off an old canister, but you can buy them online or at hardware stores.

Step 5- Prepare for Spigot

Step 5- Prepare for Spigot

On the outside of the bucket, lightly mark where you’d like the spigot to be located. Then, using a ½ inch drill bit, bore the hole. Keep in mind you may need to use a larger drill bit, depending on the dimensions of your particular spigot. We repurposed a spigot off an old canister but you can buy them online or at hardware stores.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Install Spigot

Thread the spigot through the opening, making sure there’s a rubber gasket on either side of the opening. This will ensure a watertight seal around the spigot.

Step 6- Install Spigot

Step 6- Install Spigot

Thread the spigot through the opening- making sure there’s a rubber gasket on either side of the opening. This will ensure a watertight seal around the spigot.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Time to Party

Fill up the bucket with ice, then top with your favorite beverages. Cheers!

DIY Upcycled Stool Beverage Station

DIY Upcycled Stool Beverage Station

This easy DIY beverage station is not only cute and functional, it’s an upcycling dynamo.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

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