How To Paint Dollar Store Plastic Bins To Look Like Metal

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by Our Crafty Mom
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Today I will show you how to paint Dollar Store plastic bins to look like metal for just a few dollars! It’s easy, but makes a huge difference! Like so many of you, I am determined to make this year the year I get organized, especially in my craft room, which is not easy! These plastic bins are inexpensive, but not very pretty to look at. Here is what I started with:

The plans are to bring in a large bookshelf to hold lots of bins and baskets so I can organize fabric, paper and other craft supplies. I hit the Dollar Store to pick up the locker style plastic bins that were the perfect size for my bookshelf. I wanted to give them an industrial farmhouse look. Here is what I used:


Start by lightly sanding the plastic bins to make it easier for the paint to adhere. Also, if it wasn’t 10 degrees outside I would have spray painted these bins in probably half the time, but that wasn’t an option. Next up, give each bin 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint, letting it dry in between. It doesn’t have to be completely dry, but definitely let it be tacky before you add the silver paint.

Once you are happy with the coverage of the chalkboard paint, add the silver metallic paint. You don’t want to go to heavy, as you want some of the black to show, otherwise they just look silver. You want them to have a galvanized effect. Add light brush strokes until you receive the desired effect.

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  • Therese Koski Therese Koski on Aug 01, 2021

    What kind of spray paint would you suggest I use to spray paint wicker chairs?

  • Angela Lozito Rogers Angela Lozito Rogers on Jan 04, 2022

    I like this a lot but curious, why the chalk paint? Did i miss something?

  • Ellie Ellie on Jan 09, 2023

    Why not use the peel and stick wall coverings (easily removable) from DT? They come in metallic colors and are easy to cut to size.

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  • Jim Jim on Dec 17, 2022

    There is an additive in the auto industry that’s known as flex you mix in your paint when painting these flexible bumper and doors etc. I’m sure this would help in this instance because if it’s stiff with paint it’s gonna crack. These new paints may have it mixed in on the better paints👀ask your counter person about it, Good luck I’m going to try this project 👍

  • Chuckee Notelling Chuckee Notelling on Dec 17, 2022

    I think they are very pretty! Just a few concerns, one being the plasric getting brittle from the paint and the other being the cost and time involved for something that probably isnt that durable. But hey, you do you.