Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pinterest Challenge: Stenciled Drona Bins

It's Pinterest Challenge time! It's a seasonal thing over on Sherry & John's website and Katie Bower's website that I've been excited to take part in.   I've been pinning stuff on organization with Ikea Expedit bookcases and have been dreaming up ways to personalize my storage bins. We bought 8 pink Drona bins on our most recent trip to Ikea, but somehow they screamed "little girl's room" to me, so I came up with the idea to paint them and then use a stencil to create a pattern on them.

Here are three of the finished bins.


I found the stencil at Michaels craft store. The gray paint is Martha Stewart's Multi-surface High Gloss Acrylic Craft Paint in Gray Wolf. The color I used to stencil is called Metallic Champagne Acrylic Paint by Folk Art.


Here are the pink bins in my living room, waiting for something to happen to them. :)


I closed them flat for the painting and stenciling since it was easier to work on a flat surface. I made sure to cover the floor so no paint would drip on our new floors.  I must admit I first tried to use a spray stencil spray paint, but it just leaked underneath the stencil. I ended up using a round sponge brush to do the stenciling. And one word from the wise, if you have to pause stenciling and reconvene later, make sure your sponge brush is thoroughly dry. If you don't, the paint will be runny and watery and leak color underneath the stencil.


Here are four of my finished bins in my Expedit bookcase ready for toys! 


And one went in the two taller bookcases for DVD storage.


Here are the pins from Pinterest that inspired me the most for this project:

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Thanks for checking out my Pinterest Challenge.  I'm so inspired by everything I see on Pinterest and what a great way to get motivated to start making some of things we pin. Thanks Katie and Sherry for allowing me to share this with you on your website!

xo
Cathleen

6 comments:

Mrs. Great Indoors said...

I'm crazy about Expedit bookcases-- great job on your organizing, and thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!

Erin @ The Great Indoors

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU for posting this! I have been going crazy looking for bins to fit in my built in. The DRONA from IKEA fit perfect, but the colors!? Not so much. My question is does the paint hold up well? It doesnt "rub off" on your hands, etc. Because these bins will be holding mainly toys for my little ones...I'm sure they will get a lot of wear and tear!

Cathleen said...

The multi-surface paint is perfect for fabric and doesn't rub off at all. My bins also store toys so the kids are always touching them and they have held up very well. :)

Anonymous said...

Ok perfect! THANK YOU for this AWESOME POST! Alos, did you paint ALL SIDES of the bins, inside, bottom, etc??? Or just the front!? I love the stencil...I am going on a hunt for the stencil and paint at MICHAELS hopefully tomorrow!!! :)

Cathleen Pearson said...

Thank you so much! I'm glad you like them. We love the way they look in the living room (as opposed to the pink color.) I just bought one container of paint of each color and it covered the fronts of 5 bins. I didn't think it was necessary to paint the sides and bottom because they aren't seen very much. But you could definitely try that if you have time. :) Let me know how it turns out.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I defintely will! :)

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