The brown and black colored cooler is looking great; it can be placed in the lawn in the summer season to enjoy the cold drinks on the hot day. It doesn’t look weird because of the glossy finish used to make it shiny; the black colored paint for the border and the legs is making it look prominent.
Raised bed/planter/fence/privacy screen: this is now featured at http://www.instructables.com/id/HOW-TO-BUILD-MULTI-USE-RAISED-BED-PLANTERS-WITH-PR/ with complete instructions for building a planter with a back 48"H. You can get a PDF too. Please vote for me in the "Outdoor Structures" contest. Thanx!!