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Turn Dollar Store Bins into Stylish Storage

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Carrie from Lovely Etc. here to share an incredibly inexpensive storage solution with you – turning Dollar Store Bins into Stylish Storage. I feel like I can never have enough bins and baskets to keep everything organized – from my son’s blocks to our collection of phone chargers, there is always something that needs to be corralled. My absolute favorite containers are vintage crates, boxes, and buckets but those aren’t always easy to find and they can get expensive. And if you need a matching pair, you can pretty much forget it.  So I set out on a mission to turn some cheap plastic bins from the Dollar Tree into vintage knock-offs storage.

Turn Dollar Store Bins into Stylish Storage with Paint

Here’s the supplies you’ll need: affiliate links included for your convenience (you can read here more)

Dollar Store Bins Supply List:

How to Make Cheap Storage:

I started with two plastic bins that look like lockers baskets and a plastic bucket. All in very bright, happy shades that are perfectly tucked away in a closet…but not exactly what I would want to use to decorate my house.

dollar store storage before

I really wanted to give them the look of aged metal and I was able to do that pretty simply using only three steps.  To get a really authentic aged metal look, you need gray automobile primer, chalkboard paint and silver craft paint.

I started with primer. I chose to use a gray automobile primer because it sticks really well to plastic and gives a great matte gray finish with a bit of texture.

gray primer

Once the primer was dry, I pulled out the chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint also has a nice matte finish with some texture. I used a foam brush to rub a thin coat of chalkboard paint on and then immediately wiped the excess off with an old rag.

chalkboard paint

The final step was to add a hint of shine. I used some silver craft paint and a chip brush. I just barely loaded a small amount of silver paint onto the ends of the brush and then wiped the excess off onto a paper towel before lightly dry brushing it onto the bins.

silver paint

The final effect looks pretty authentic to me! And super affordable. The bins and buckets were each a dollar. I had all of the other supplies on hand but even if you had to buy them, you should be able to pick up all three paints for around ten dollars. Not a bad deal – especially if you are planning to do several bins at once.

dollar store bins

dollar store bucket

I’m still deciding where these are going to find their permanent homes, but for now, I’m using one locker bin to corral some books on our bookcase.

locker bin on bookcase

And the bucket is the perfect size to hold our winter hats and mittens.

faux metal bucket

The next time I am at the dollar store, I am definitely going to be looking around with a more open mind, looking at all the possibilities!

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  1. It’s truly a great and helpful piece of info. I’m satisfied that you shared this useful information with us.
    Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great transformation! They look really beautiful and stylish when added to the interior! There is always need of extra storage bins and I love the idea of buying simple dollar store bins and turn them into these lovely storage containers! Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  3. Great idea! When I first saw the picture I thought, “what cute metal buckets!” I LOVE baskets, buckets and bins and would like my closets to be more “matching” organized, but like you say, the cute ones get so expensive. This is a great idea. Thanks!

  4. How well does the paint hold up on plastic with everyday use. How frequently do you need to touch up or reapply?

  5. Hello Maryann:) This is my first time visiting your blog! Very nice:) I’ll definitely be coming back! I love this budget idea….genius:) Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow! I’m SO impressed! I have many a folger’s coffee plastic containers that I’m going to paint them like this. Thanks for the inspirations!! -Bev 🙂

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