Wednesday’s What I Found – Dollar Store Boxes – Drab to Fab

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I’ve made a couple trips to the dollar store lately.  You know, the stores where everything is only $1.  Those stores are just crazy.  I know, there can be a lot of junk but there are certainly a lot of possibilities there too.  I was looking for some storage containers for the mudroom and came across these collapsible boxes.

The colors were very limited…burgundy and a blue striped variety.  I really wanted black but I knew if I had to get them elsewhere I would pay quite a bit more for them.  So, I picked them up for $1 each {CRAZY} and pulled out my trusty spray paint and got busy.

The weather here has turned wintery so I can’t spray paint outside or even in the garage anymore so I’ve been using this big box as my spray booth.  It works really well and keeps all the mess contained to this one space.

Pretty cool, huh?  What an easy and cheap solution.
Once again spray paint to the rescue!!

I started thinking that I would like to spruce them up a bit further so I took a strip of material from my curtains and pillows, folded it over and sewed one side…leaving the other side finished.

Then I took a piece of felt and traced a circle on it using the bottom of my spray paint can as a guide.

Next I just started hot gluing the strip of material around the felt, working my way to the center.

When I got to the center, I just tucked it in and hot glued it.
Finally, I hot glued the rosettes to the smaller dollar store containers.

On the bigger containers I added a piece of material around the outside and then glued the rosettes on the front.

Such an easy, inexpensive way to make something drab look fab!!

Dollar Store Box Makeover
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  1. Amazing!! Great work! You are very creative!

  2. Amazing!!….Mariaelena

  3. Wow, they turned out great. They look so different!

  4. They look beautiful. I love the fabric you chose for the rosettes. Smart idea! Cheers!

  5. WOW! What a beautiful, creative idea!

  6. I never would have thought to spray paint them. I just don’t think of spray painting fabric. GREAT job! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. What a brilliant idea! I have been going to the dollar store a lot lately looking for good ideas. This never crossed my mind! I think I will have to make a trip back over there to see if they have any of these. This scheme would go perfectly in my office!

    Found you via link party. Thank you for sharing!


  8. Great idea! I know EXACTLY the boxes you are talking about–I’ve got several (in yucky colors) in the closet.
    Yours are beautiful! Did you use a special paint?

  9. Hi Jane,
    No, I didn’t use special paint…just the $.97 store brand. I love the result!!
    Thanks for visiting

  10. This is awesome! I love the dollar stores and its especially great if you can make it look like its worth way more.

  11. What an amazing transformation, you have turned $1 uglies into a something so beautiful and classy looking! I love the material do you know the name of it?

  12. I have those same boxes and never let them see light. lol! What a great idea!!!!


  13. OMG! I love these, what a transformation.

  14. These look fantastic! I have some of these, and they may just get a makeover! Thanks for the inspiration

  15. Wow! I would never have thought you could spray paint that material! These are totally fantastic and love the rosettes you made!

  16. Wow! I am just so impressed with your craftiness. They look fabulous. I need to look for those boxes at my local dollar store. I am stumbling this post. I am a new FB and Twitter follower from Thirty Handmade Days. Vicky from Mess For Less

  17. So creative, they sure turned out great! Well done.
    Dannyelle @

  18. So resourceful! The baskets turned out beautifully!

    Sharon @ mrshinesclass

  19. Your so creative, I would have never thought to spray paint them! They look great!

  20. I saw similar boxes liked this at a store the other day for around $40 on sale! Great idea making your own, because they look amazing! You should come and enter my Vanilla Bean Paste giveaway!

  21. Hi Michelle,
    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I was looking for the receipt so I could be exact about the name of the fabric. On my receipt it says METR DAMASK BLACK AND WHITE sku # 400110597719
    I tried to enter this online to get more information but it wasn’t coming up with anything specific. Like I said in the post, it was in the quilting section.
    I hope this helps!!
    Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  22. Coming over from Show and Tell for a closer look — Amazing results!!! I wouldn’t have thought of painting the fabric boxes — look fantastic!

  23. I so thought I was following but am now. Those turned out fantastic. Love the rosettes! I would love for you to come share these tomorrow at Sunday’s Best link party. We go live at 5pm eastern. =)

  24. These turned out amazing! You have a great eye. I usually wander the halls at that store clueless :)

  25. Amazing….so crazy creative!!!

  26. They turned out great. I’ve thought about doing that before but was never sure they would hold up being only $1 to start with.

  27. GORGEOUS! I need you at MY house!!!

    Following your blog and look forward to more of your posts! :)

  28. I love this great idea. Consider, if you will, sharing it with my readers at Thanks! Christmas blessings to you……….Kathy

  29. Such a great redo! I love the black and white fabric :)

    I’d love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday!

  30. Wow, These looks really good. Nice job with your use of color. I love black and white. I am visiting from Home Stories A2Z.

  31. Wow…just Wow! I love these! I’ve seen those same bins at our Dollar Tree and passed them up because of the color. Never would have thought to paint them. The rosettes are adorable!

  32. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  33. Genius! They look fabulous–makes me want to do a Dollar Tree run right now…

  34. Those look great! Found you at Today’s Creative Blog. :-)

  35. Love these! I am hosting a blog hop and would love it if you would join.
    michele P

  36. Gorgeous! I’m now following you on FB, and reading all back posts on your blog as well!

  37. These look AMAZING! I’ve often seen those bins at the Dollar Tree and never came home with any because they weren’t the right color! So smart to spray paint them! Thanks for sharing! Found your project via Pinterest, btw! xoxo

  38. How cute is that??? And how is the faucet holding up? Great rosettes!

  39. Great job…Wish i had the creativity mind that you have..I hope you don't mind if i use your idea in the near future..I'm curious, if the paint smell for a length of time or not.

  40. I tried your idea but am having a hard time getting the paint to cover the fabric on the collapsible boxes. I tried spraying the burgundy ones chocolate brown but can still see the burgundy through the paint. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  41. In regard to the question about the paint not covering…I used probably 5 coats of paint until there was no burgundy showing. My recommendation would be to just apply more coats until all you see is chocolate brown. I hope you can get it to cover. I am really loving mine.

  42. So resourceful! Great job!

  43. oh my! i seen this on pinterest and just had to repin it. this idea of yours is GENIUS! can't wait to do it with some of the ones i've already purchased. thanks for such a wonderful idea!!!!!

  44. Love it!

  45. These look great! What dollar store was it? Most of the ones I have been in have things that are much more than a dollar.

  46. Jillian Mitchell says:

    Oh my goodness, I am so glad I found this (pinterest btw) I have six of those same containers. PROJECT! Thank you for sharing this brilliance!

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  48. Hi I was wondering if the storage containers were sticky after painting and if the smell lingered for a while? Thanks!

    • Hi Kris, I don’t remember the storage containers being sticky or a smell lingering. I actually still use these same ones in my entryway over 4 years later!!

  49. BERNICE FALCO says:

    Love this idea! So cheap but you changed that in such a great way.


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