Spray Paint Plastic Bins
I know that the trendy thing these days is for everything to eclectic, collected looking, and not really matching. However, that’s one trend I just can’t accept. I jumped whole heartedly onto the gray band wagon. Most of my house is grey. The same goes for chevron and geometric patterns. I’ll be hanging my chevron print curtains this week. I even accepted the stainless steel appliance thing, but I still love everything to be neat and matching.
I have collected quite a few plastic organizing bins over the years, and seems that many of them are completely different colors. The store seems to put out new colors about every season and I can no longer my original colors. I have some bright green, some grey and purple, some black, some red, etc. I thought I’d try spray painting one to see what happened. To my surprise, it actually worked like a charm!
I turned a bright green plastic bin into a beautiful red one. Oh, the possibilities! I can now cheaply turn any plastic I have into any color I want! I think you could even unify the look of various styles of plastic bins by making them all the same color.
There’s not a lot to say about the process. I used spray paint for plastic. I covered my garage floor and put the bin on an upside down box, and then I sprayed it. I first placed the bin upside down on the box, and sprayed the bottom and outsides. I used several thin coats, drying for about 15 minutes between each coat. Then I flipped the bin over and did the same to the top and insides. There was a little dripping on the inside, but I didn’t really mind.
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I love this idea! I had no idea that you could spray paint these things. I always pass up cute bins because they are the wrong color, I’m glad that I saw this!
carol t. aka 1hotgran Says
Turned out great, love the bin itself-I discovered the spray paint for plastics last summer-LUV IT-can’t believe it took so long for the paint guys to come up with this one-makes all your outdoor weathered plastic look like new and I love that you can unify mismatched bins by using color.
Jenn @therebelchick Says
What a great idea! You could easily match them to any decor!
Sarah @ Play 2 Learn with Sarah Says
My neighbor spray paints everything…I really need to get in on this! Great idea!
your red spray painted plastic basket is cute! I love spray painting everything around our house! 🙂 & red is my favourite color! Ingrid
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Does the paint ever rub on your books or on the shelves? Did you have to seal the paint in with mod posts? I love this idea!! It will save me so much money. 🙂
LauraJane SaysPost author
I haven’t had any problems and I didn’t seal it, but I don’t put anything super sensitive in it. It would probably be wise to seal it.
I tried this and painted many baskets and it turned out great. However, as soon as I put a stack of cardstock in it, the paint chipped right off. Have you experienced this?
LauraJane SaysPost author
I haven’t experienced that, but I let them dry for quite a while (like maybe a couple weeks). It could depend on the basket. You could also spray with a sealer.
This is amazing! I have been looking for something to do with the ugly pink bins you get from hospitals. My son was born 3 months premature and I somehow managed to get about 8 of them from our few months in the NICU. I hated the idea of throwing them away but also hated the color, now I can use them in his nursery! Thanks!