Sunday, January 23, 2011

"B" is for Bins

A wooden bin transformation.

Yes this is the before picture:

And the after:

It's shocking what you can do with Christmas items marked down 90% off and a little paint. 
These bins were only .59 cents each.  Now I think I should've bought all that was on the shelf.

I'm always thinking, what could I do with that, how can I change that to make it great or useful?
Clearly the "Happy Holidays" motif wasn't going to cut it.

And I'm always thinking ahead, red or green on sale at Christmas is perfect for Valentine's and St. Pat's Day.
Just look at the inside, such a great contrast with the new outside:

Here's how I transformed the bins:

Painted one thick coat Behr Off-White satin finish.

Stenciled numbers on, first brown paint then black, sanded with 120 grit sandpaper, stained with Minwax special walnut and sealed with clear satin poly.

Now what do we put in them?

(Sorry kids those boxes are empty!)

Loving my transformed wooden bins.

One last side by side:

So easy, so worth .59 cents.
Click here to see the Valentine's version of these bins.

I'm linking up to:

cottage instincts

The DIY Show Off


  1. Nice job!! Those are adorable! I'd have never thought of redoing Christmas clearance items... that's genius! :) ~Stephanie from Buttermilk Hill (

  2. These are darling! I love numbers on stuff... how cute and versatile!

  3. I like your thinking and I like your boxes. Keep creating and keep inspiring.

  4. They turned out so cute. I love anything with numbers on them and also have a collection of rag balls, so am loving this project. What a great buy at 90% off! :)

  5. What an awesome project!! I just love them and I'm kicking myself for not buying some when I had the chance.

  6. What a great idea! Now I'm going to be on the look-out for cheap ugly boxes :)

  7. Great job, they looks so cute- love the numbers!

  8. These boxes are so charming. So glad I stumbled upon your blog via Between Naps on the Porch, happy to be a new follower. Please consider linking up your wonderful bins to my blog bash K.I.S.S.=Keep It Simple Sunday.

  9. I love your boxes so handy, and what a great find.
    You gave me a whole new insight on what to look for when hunting for sales.

  10. Wow, these are really cool! I love the look! Great place to stash things, too!
    Hugs, Heidi

  11. What a great way to repurpose those boxes. Too cute. Makes me wish I found some on clearance after Christmas. :)


  12. I love them! What a fabulous idea. I actually saw these on clearance but I can't remember where. Where did you buy them? Now I wish I'd bought some.

  13. These are so cute, I wish I could find me some!

  14. Those are awesome! I love how you redid them! I think I will look at clearance items a little different.

    I would love to have you come and link up to Fantastic Friday at


  15. Ooooh I LOVE these! They are right up my alley! I would be delighted if you would share these at my VIP party today =)

  16. I LOVE how creative you got with a Christmas clearance item! These bins are so chic! I hope you don't mind, but I featured them on my budget friendly inspiring ideas post here:

    Thanks for the inspration and I hope you have a great weekend!

  17. Hi! I'm a new follower :) I saw these bins at Michael's and thought about doing the same thing! Now I wish I had! Yours turned out great!

  18. Wow! These are great! So simple and stylish!