You know those plastic storage tubs you can get at most home stores? They’re cheap, but they definitely don’t win any awards for design.
Still, if you’re in need of storage and you actually want something that looks good, why not transform a couple of plastic bins into something worth having on show?
Not to be all doom-and-gloom, but 2021 definitely isn’t the year for buying expensive storage – or expensive anything for that matter.
Most furniture and home stores have seen a significant decrease in sales as a result of the pandemic.
There’s a pretty obvious reason for that, too: in these uncertain times, we need to look after the money we’ve got.
That means not splashing out on a built-in wardrobe or any other snazzier storage options, but finding inventive ways to turn something cheap into something you actually like looking at.
Plus, we’ve all got more time for projects these days, so what are you waiting for?
Head to your local store and pick up a few storage bins. Depending on the quality, you could probably find 2 or 3 for less than $10. Or, the dollar store sells a variety of bins too!
Once your boxes are ready to be put to use, you can get creative however you like. Here are some examples from Home Talk to get you going:
1. Pretty Toy Box
For this project, you just need a large plastic container, some pretty fabric, four blocks of wood, and some monogrammed lettering (you can buy this for cheap online, and it doesn’t have to be as fancy as in the video).
After gluing the fabric onto the container, screw the four blocks of wood into the base of the box – these are the “legs”. Stick the monogrammed lettering on one of the larger sides of the box, and the job’s done!
2. Wastebin Table
Wire mesh wastebins – like the kind you get in your office at work – are super cheap to buy – and with minimal work, they actually make a pretty cool table for your living room.
Just glue the bases of your bins together so that the openings are pointing in opposite directions. Then glue a circular metal tray to the top of one of the openings. Once the glue’s dried, the table will be all ready to use.
3. Bathroom Cabinet
Looking for a cheap, plastic bathroom cabinet that you can use for storing all your lotions and potions? Instead of buying one, make your own from three plastic storage containers. You could also use this one for storing your kids’ toy boxes in the living room.
Simply lay the bins out on the floor and glue them together. Take a foam noodle and cut it into pieces that are small enough to sit between the bases of the containers, then glue them to the containers. The video is easy to follow if you’re unsure.
4. Laundry Basket Wreath
Ready to step your game up? This laundry basket wreath should offer the challenge you’re looking for. Use a tape measure to measure halfway down the basket, then cut all the way around, chopping the basket in half.
Take the top half of the basket and lay it on a clean surface. You can then get creative adding flowers and other accessories to the inside of your wreath, using string to secure everything together. Of course, you don’t want to keep hold of the laundry basket, so when you’ve finished building up your wreath, simply pull the basket away to reveal the finished product.
But those ideas are just the beginning of what you can do with cheap storage bins…
Check out the video below to see lots of incredible projects you’re gonna want to try!
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