Monday Made- It {Refinish Old Plastic Bins}

This upcoming school year will be a big milestone year for me as a teacher.  This year will be my tenth year of teaching.  It seriously doesn't seem like I've been in the classroom that long!  It's totally true though...time flies when you are having fun!

When I first started teaching, I taught PreK and I was ALL about the primary colors and polka dots.  My main color was blue.  I kept my colors the same for several years, just to keep things easier.  When I started teaching second grade three years ago, I decided it was time for a change.  

Even though I changed my colors, I still had bits of primary colors spread throughout my classroom.  I just had spent too much money to change everything!  So in comes my new best friend...spray paint!

I'm in LOVE with this seaside color!  I used it to paint my rocking chair and metal book bin tub a couple of years ago.  I just needed to make sure that I got the spray paint that bonds to plastic.  This is very important!

I washed the bins first and then they were ready for the first coat of paint.  Make sure that you use a sweeping motion when you are spray painting for an even distribution of paint.  I spray painted the bottom and sides of the tubs first.  Then after they had dried, I flipped them over and spray painted the insides.

The most important part of the whole spray painting plastic process is to make sure that you let them dry overnight.  This helps avoid chipping and the bins from sticking together.

And here is the finished product...

My plan is to spray paint some more of my plastic bins this week.  I also bought a black spray paint!  Maybe I need to have a spray painting party....anyone want to join in?

Thanks for reading about my Monday Made-It.  Make sure you head back to Tara's blog 4th Grade Frolics to see some more projects and link up for yourself.


  1. love that you didn't buy new tubs! SMARTIE PANTS!

    Hodges Herald

    1. Thanks Elizabeth :). My husband really appreciates when I save money "when I can"!

  2. That Seaside color is AMAZING! My hubby and I used it to paint some chairs and a table that I blogged about earlier in the summer. I walk outside and see that color and it makes me so happy!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. Love the color! I think it is great that you are leading by example and recycling things in your classroom rather than buying new ones!

    The Math Maniac

  4. I hear ya on the too much money! I had a Harry Potter theme in fifth grade and am now moving down to third grade where I am doing a new superhero theme. I just spent some time turning old blue and pink baskets into SUPER red and yellow baskets and blogged about it. I love my "new" baskets and think yours look GREAT!

    Thanks for sharing!
    The Reading Buddies

  5. love love love!!! I can't stand those primary colored buckets! lol :)

    Teach Create Motivate

  6. Love how much you saved and love the color!

    My Bright Blue House

  7. Love how you used spray paint to freshen up your bins!

  8. Loved the odors you changed to. I have had dots on turquoise for several years, that color would be perfect. My husband would also love my saving. I have been making a word wall out of the jumbo library pockets and will use small sentence strips for the words. Anxious to see how it works.

  9. Your bins look great and brand new! It's so much fun to be able to reuse and have things look Fabulous! I'm always worried about painting plastic. Thanks for sharing!!
    Are We There Yet?

  10. Oh gosh, I have GOT to do this. My tubs are looking pretty worn out and yours look fabulous!! Great idea! :)

  11. Love this idea! Have they held up ok? Without chipping or anything?

  12. Is it non-toxic paint? Any concerns about storing legos in these bins?


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