R & R Workshop: DIY Chalkboard Storage Bins

DIY Chalkboard Storage Bins

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I can't believe it isalready August! Didn't Summer just start?! I always get in a cleaning/organization mode in the Spring and at the end of the Summer. It just helps me get eveything ready for the next season- fall & then Christmas time! My son's toys needed to organized better- So how about some chalkboard storage bins to help keep the mess contained!

We've all seen these Sterilite Plastic Bins, right? They are perfect for keeping things organized but not very pretty to look at. We bought some when we first got married and now 6 years later..,we finally have grown up furniture! We put them in my sons's room for a few months, and when my daughter started to crawl guess where she would go? To the drawers! They aren't very heavy and I was worried about them falling on her, so they had to go. Not wanting to be wasteful, we decided to put the drawers to good use! Under his bed to hold toys. and it has worked out perfectly!

What you will need: 
//Chalkboard Paint & Primer 
//Paint brush

1. Clean area on the bin that you will be painting and then dry. You want this area to be nice and clean before you prime. Paint primer onto bin and let dry.

2. Decide if you want to paint the whole front of the bin or not. I decided to leave the top part the way it is.
chalkboard toy bins

3. Paint chalkboard paint onto bin and let dry between each coat. Follow the instructions on whatever paint you are using.  This picture is between coats and it took a few coats to completely cover the whole bin. Let bins dry completely overnight.

3. Organize! We have a billion puzzles and legos so all of our bigger sets go in the bins. Its nice to just have the kids pick them up and put into bins themselves then to try and organize them into individual bags. They also can draw on the chalkboard if they choose!

I know these aren't as pretty as wooden drawers, but I've learned to work with what I have. And honestly..when they are under the bed, you can't even tell they are plastic! You could also store shoes or even clothes. Very versatile..which is what I like :)

under the bed storage

Quilt: TJ Maxx // Striped body pillow: Target // Blue Pillow Case- Pottery Barn Kids.

Happy Cleaning (and crafting) :)


Brittany Armstrong said...

What a great idea. :)

Do you mind sharing where the quilt is from? It's lovely!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Such a cute idea!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

I love this idea!!! Storage under the bed means more space in the room!!

Sarah Barrand said...

SUPER cute, great job!

Krista thehappyhousie said...

Super creative! It surges makes the plastic bins blend in much better and look much more custom and expensive!

Rachelle Smith said...

This is a great idea! I'm going to do this when we get bunk beds for my boys. I'm a new fan here. I would love for you to come visit my blog: http://www.stitchesbyrachelle.blogspot.com

Rachelle S.

toodie said...

Love that the chalkboard paint covers up what's inside for a cleaner look. I wouldn't have thought to use it on those drawers, but now you've got me thinking!

Katie @ Made to be a Momma. said...

Great idea! Love how the black chalkboard covers the stuff inside! I love how popular and how many ways chalkboard paint is used! I would LOVE to have you share this at my link party!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Very cool idea!!

Margo said...

Fantastic idea, my hubby is always wanting to get rid of ones I'm not currently using, and this gives me another way to use them! :)

Alli Smith said...

What a neat way to cover up what's inside and it's so cute! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

Mandy Hank said...

Oh great idea! When we moved we had to get creative with storage and lots was under the bed but nothing was this cute! Great job!! Thanks again for linking up to Get Your DIY on!

Krista thehappyhousie said...

I know I have already hopped over and commented on this before- I love this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing it at the Get Your DIY On Chalkboard Challenge!! Hope you are able to make it back with a thrifty Halloween project (if you haven't already!!). Have a fabulous week:)

Diana said...

LOVE this idea Rachel!

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