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


Stephanie said...

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

Madigan at madiganmade said...

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

Nanniepannie said...

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

Pam said...

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! :)

Lori said...

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


adorable boxes. great idea

Holly Austin said...

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

Deanne said...

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

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

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.

Angela said...

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.

Heidi said...

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


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


Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

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.

Amanda said...

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

Jen said...

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


Sommer said...

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

Paige @ The Wandering Cottage said...

These are great little organizers!

Shirley @These Moments of Mine said...

Love these! They look terrific!

Robin {keephomesimple} said...

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!

Silver Lining Decor said...

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!

Vanessa said...

Wow! These are great! So simple and stylish!

SweetSugarBelle said...

So impressed with your work!