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Painted Dollar Store Bins - with just a few simple steps, you can transform inexpensive plastic dollar store bins into stylish home storage to coordinate with your decor.

Toy organization in my home is a constant battle.  I feel like the twins are always finding new ways to challenge my creative organizing skills, which often includes plastic dollar store items.  Like these ones:

Painted Dollar Store Bins - with just a few simple steps, you can transform inexpensive plastic dollar store bins into stylish home storage to coordinate with your decor.

Today I’m sharing a quick and easy upgrade to basic dollar store plastic bins.  Dollar store items are a great, inexpensive organizing solution, but they aren’t always the most attractive.  If you’re willing to put in a little extra work, you can paint these bins to coordinate with your home decor.

Painted Dollar Store Bins - with just a few simple steps, you can transform inexpensive plastic dollar store bins into stylish home storage to coordinate with your decor.

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Painted Dollar Store Bins – Supplies

  • Plastic Bins
  • Plastic Spray Primer
  • White Paint (any kind, I used leftover paint from a furniture project)
  • Colored Chalk Paint – I used Martha Stewart Sailor Blue
  • Paint Brush
  • Scrub Rag
  • Clear Matte Spray Finish

Painted Dollar Store Bins – Tutorial

Step 1 – Prime

Painted Dollar Store Bins - with just a few simple steps, you can transform inexpensive plastic dollar store bins into stylish home storage to coordinate with your decor.

Spray 1 coat of plastic primer.  It really helped that these particular bins had more of a matte finish.  I think this really helped the primer stick.  If your bins are more shiny, I would consider very gently sanding the shine away.

Step 2 – White Paint

Painted Dollar Store Bins - with just a few simple steps, you can transform inexpensive plastic dollar store bins into stylish home storage to coordinate with your decor.

Add 1 coat of white paint.  Any paint will do.

Step 3 – Color Paint Technique

Painted Dollar Store Bins - with just a few simple steps, you can transform inexpensive plastic dollar store bins into stylish home storage to coordinate with your decor.

This is a pretty simple process.  Add 1 coat of your color chalk paint (in this case, blue).  While the paint is still wet, use a damp cloth to gently wipe away some of the paint, creating a distressed finish.

Painted Dollar Store Bins - with just a few simple steps, you can transform inexpensive plastic dollar store bins into stylish home storage to coordinate with your decor.

It may take a few tries to get just the right look.  Don’t worry.  If you wipe away too much paint, just use a dry brush to smooth out the paint.

Painted Dollar Store Bins - with just a few simple steps, you can transform inexpensive plastic dollar store bins into stylish home storage to coordinate with your decor.

Painted Dollar Store Bins - with just a few simple steps, you can transform inexpensive plastic dollar store bins into stylish home storage to coordinate with your decor.

Step 4 – Seal

Spray 1 coat of clear matte sealer.  I did 2 coats, just because of the kid factor.  These bins will be used to store kids toys, so I wanted to make sure the paint would hold up.

Painted Dollar Store Bins – The Finished Product

I’m so happy with my new bins!  They really help make the toy shelf in our living room look more like a part of our home decor.  Toys are significantly more organized now, too.  Happy organizing, everyone!

Painted Dollar Store Bins - with just a few simple steps, you can transform inexpensive plastic dollar store bins into stylish home storage to coordinate with your decor.

Painted Dollar Store Bins - with just a few simple steps, you can transform inexpensive plastic dollar store bins into stylish home storage to coordinate with your decor.

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3 Comments

  1. I love how these turned out! The aged distressed finish make them look like you paid top dollar at a fancy store 🙂

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