You all remember the great playroom purge a few weeks back?
We’ve had some great shelving in there since we finished our basement 5 or 6 years ago…
Super old crappy picture alert:
but the fabric bins were just not working out for us. I had little kids when I bought them, and only one boy old enough to play with toys. Since that time I’ve discovered something: Those cloth bins do not hold up to little boys…at least not mine. We had an incident with scissors where some of the handles were snipped Several others were missing bottoms. Pretty much all of them were bent in weird places. And, there was no way to label them.
So, here’s my industrial boy friendly organization solution:
I found these buckets at Lowe’s in the paint department. They’re $6.57 each, so not a whole lot more expensive than the cloth bins. They fit perfectly in my shelving (Pottery Barn Kids) and would also fit in ClosetMaid or IKEA stuff as well…anything where the holes are 12” X 12” or larger.
I also wanted my buckets labeled, and I wanted them labeled in a way that could be changed, because in a year or two we’ll be out of the Little People phase and have 5 buckets of Legos. I thought about vinyl, but I wanted it to be easier to change than that. My solution?
I traced an oval onto some contact paper and then cut it out, leaving the edges in tact.
Here’s my oval template, but really…it’s just an oval. Find something and trace it.
I applied the contact paper to the buckets as a stencil. It’s a little bit tricky because of the slope of the bucket, but go slowly and make sure to seal the edges tightly.
DO NOT SKIP THIS NEXT STEP:
Prime the bucket with primer for metal. If you don’t, the paint will peel right off.
Apply 2 or 3 thin coats of chalkboard paint. I like to alternate between vertical and horizontal coats to minimize brush lines.
Carefully remove your stencil and then label your buckets as desired.
Easy and customizable!
Random questions I always get asked when I post pictures of my playroom:
What color is your paint?
It’s called Apple 2 and I got it at Lowe’s. It’s pretty much my favorite light green ever. I used Apple 1 in another room in the house, even.
Are those rain gutters?
Yes. Yes they are. I put them up in 2006 when we finished the basement and they’ve held up beautifully. I saw the idea originally in Family Fun (see here). They’re a great way to have the books visible and accessible to my kids and they made great use of an awkward spot behind the door.
And now for the good stuff:
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Disclosure: Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to organize my playroom. The paint and rain gutter projects happened many, many years before I started working with them…I’m a Lowe’s fan from way back.