Friday, August 12, 2011

It just took peanut butter and spray paint

You know those round, orange, 5-gallon Coleman drink coolers?  I don't have one, but I want one... and I have every intention of buying one to provide beverages at the backyard barbecues I envision for summers to come.  These drink coolers only have one problem.  They drip.  And seriously, if you go to the trouble of a pedicure and cute little strappy sandals do you really want red punch dripping on your toenails?

Problem solved.  Just hang this drip catcher over the spigot and no more stinky sticky feet.  At least not from something dripping out of the drink cooler...

A week or so ago, on Pinterest, I saw this picture of a drip catcher made from a 2-liter soda bottle, but since I didn't have one I looked for alternatives and I think I found a pretty good one.  Mine is made out of a 64 oz. juice bottle.  Great Value Pink Grapefruit Juice Cocktail to be exact.  But if you don't care for grapefruit juice, have no worries.  Walmart packages lots of their juices in this same bottle.  I have one half full of apple juice in the fridge now.

After removing the label and using just a tiny touch of peanut butter to get rid of the sticky goo, I cut along the ridges in the bottle with my brand new utility knife then barely sanded the edges and gave it a few light coats of Krylon White Gloss spray paint.  Obviously I made it to the hardware store the other night... and dang!  Tools are expensive!!  But that's a whole different post...

I was a skeptic, but the peanut butter cuts right through the goo left from labels.  And it only takes a tiny bit.  I would guess I used about 1/4 teaspoon, maybe even a little less, to get it all off this particular bottle.

My photoshoot isn't nearly as pretty as the one from Pinterest, but I think my drip catcher will serve it's purpose well enough.  Don't you?

And I got through the whole project without cutting a finger.  That's a real accomplishment considering my safety record!

1 comment:

latter-daymom said...

Well, aren't you clever! Necessity is the mother of invention they say! Now you will just have to get the cooler to go with your drip catcher!