How to Customize a Dollar Store Bin – Easy DIY Makeover

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I totally dig storage bins. Even though they may seem like a basic item, I think that you can create some cool design if you are a little bit creative.

Sometimes the form they come in aren't always stylish or fit the space.

So today, I'm going to show you how you can easily personalize any old plain bin into an awesome one!

In my case, I decided to make a dollar store bin makeover and turn it into a cool looking, personalized one for my kitchen.


Since we built these shelves in our master bathroom, I knew I wanted to store things like toilet paper and wash cloths on them and I knew they had to be housed in pretty bins!

I'm sure you've all seen the above bin at your local dollar stores. They're functional but not very easy on the eyes.

So what does a DIY-er do? She gets to work! I am going to show you 3 ways to personalize and makeover a dollar store bin at home.

How to Personalize a Plain Dollar Store Bin

For the first way to personalize your dollar store bin, you will need your old bin, a glue gun with glue sticks, a pencil, ruler and scissors (not pictured - Why do I always forget an item?!)

I used the same technique I used on my DIY Storage Boxes, so for the sake of not re-doing the tutorial, you can just check that out. It's so easy, I promise!!

And this is the end result!

I love this chevron striped fabric!

It reminds me a lot of my Chevron Striped China Cabinet, don't you think so?

And they're such a nice addition to our master bathroom makeover (which is almost done)!

I'm debating adding pipe strap pulls to them, what do you think?

And if you are not feeling this bin makeover style, you can see my other additional options to transform your plain bin.

Makeover Dollar Store Bin using Paint

Another way to transform a plan bin is using paint. For this project, I decided to use a white paint as base coat and then give it a nice metallic silver to finish it off. You can use any color you want but I decided to go for this combination since it looks cleaner and goes well with any design.

Also, when choosing the paint, make sure it is compatible with plastic items. Just read the label to see the paint type.

When spraying the bins, make sure they are clean and have removed any label or sticker they have. Usually the bins are made of darker solid colors, so you should start with a coat of white to cover it.

You should spray the bins inside and outside to give them a more finished look. If you don’t have enough paint, you can only paint the outside part but I think that would look not good, especially if the colors make contrast with each other.

Leave the paint to dry for a little bit and then give the bins another coat to cover it up. I think that two coats are more than enough for any solid color.

After you have spray painted the base coat and let it dry completely, you can go and give it a metallic spray in and out of the plastic bin to finish off the makeover.

The metallic coat will take a couple of coats as well to look good, so be prepared to spray them 2-3 layers.

The most important thing to have in mind when spray painting plastic bins is to leave them cure and dry for around 24 hours or 48 hours, if you have the time. This will make sure that the spray paint is ready and is dried completely for any content you may put inside.

The Easiest Way to Transform Your Dollar Bin Store

This is probably the easiest method to transform your dollar bin store. It is very similar to the first method but you need less supplies and tools.

All you need is your favorite fabric and a plastic plain bin. It is a very cheap project to do, with around $3.5 for each bin (including the fabric).

When picking the fabric, make sure you have enough to cover the full surface of the bin. For a standard size bin, ½ yard of fabric is more than enough.

Next, you need to lay down the fabric and put the bin on top of it. Cut four diagonal lines, pointing to the center, to be able to wrap the bin.

You can spray the bottom of the bin and the fabric as you wrap and tuck it inside the bin. The more spray you use, the stiffer it will be. It totally depends on you and how stiff you want it to look.

To finish it off, you can add a piece of fabric to the bottom of the bin and that’s it! Allow it to dry and then enjoy!

You can make several bins and use them for your laundry room.

And these are 3 different ways you can use to personalize and makeover a dollar store bin.

Do you like giving new life to old items? Let me know what you think about this DIY. Also, don’t forget to share this article with your friends on Social Media!

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