The Craft Patch: Painted Canvas Bins

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Painted Canvas Bins

Sometimes a project comes along that makes me giddy. Today I get to share one of those projects with you.

It all started when I bought a shelf with four canvas bins at a yard sale. I thought it would be perfect for craft room storage:

It was a little dingy (okay, a lot dingy), but I thought I could just wash the bins.

I had already bought it (for a whopping $3) and brought it home before I realized that the supports inside the canvas are cardboard. Doh! So then I thought about taking them apart and sewing all new bins using the old cardboard as the supports. But that sounded like a lot of work and I was not happy about that.

Then one night, I woke up at around 1:00am with a brilliant idea. (I know... I'm crazy like that.) PAINT! I could paint those dirty bins and give them a whole new life.

What do you think?



First I penciled on the designs I wanted, then filled them in with regular old acrylic craft paint. It was easy! And I think it helped with the tedium that I was unreasonably giddy. I may or may not have been doing ballerina leaps each time I ran to the bathroom to wash out my paintbrushes. I told you I was giddy about this project.


I love how they turned out. They make me so happy! And now they can brighten up my craft room and inspire me to keep on crafting.


UPDATE: I have gotten a lot of questions about the type of paint I used. Here's a pic, for those of you who are visual like me:

20 comments:

  1. What a fabulous idea! I love them!

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  2. I love it!!!!

    Unless you told me I would never believe that they are in fact the same bins. YOU did an awesome job!

    ToOdLeS.

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  3. Wow, they are gorgeous! Great job!

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  4. I love the painted canvas bins! They look fantastic, as if you bought it at the store or even a cute boutique. Thanks for sharing this great idea, as I wouldn't have thought it would have come out nearly as great as they did!

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  5. What a transformation! I love how bright and happy they are! You did a really great job at giving something destined for the trash heap new purpose. I LOVE it!!!

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  6. Those really did turn out pretty! You said you used acrylic craft paint for the designs, what kind of paint did you use on the entire canvas drawer? Did it take long to dry? The bottom drawer in the "before" picture looks broken, did you have to repair that one?
    Really pretty!

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    1. I used craft paint for the entire project. Drying time wasn't too bad because while one was drying, I would work on a different bin. And you are right, the cardboard in the bottom bin was broken. I used an Exacto knife to make a slit on the inside of that drawer and replaced the cardboard with a piece of chipboard I had. Then I used hot glue to close up the slit again.

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  7. Wow, What a great job. Love the color combo, the designs...
    Very nice and a great addition to any craftroom.

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  8. Wow!
    What a cool idea!!

    That is so cute!

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  9. Fantastic make over. I'd never think if painting them.

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  10. So clever! My daughter would love these! You did a great job. :)

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  11. What a great job. The bins turned out so cute. Love the colors, I bet they make the room pop! Thanks for sharing. Found your blog through Pinterest

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  12. I love this!! and plan on trying it out. I may try it with fabric paint...How do you think these will wear over time with acrylic paint? Just wondering if they will crack and start flaking over time...

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    1. So far, the bins are holding up really well. I don't think they will crack or flake because the canvas sort of soaked up the paint.

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  13. Love these! So creative! I will definitely be painting the canvas drawers on the used changing table I got for cheap to cover up the yuckiness. Did you paint the inside of the bins too??

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    1. I didn't paint the insides, but you definitely could! Good luck with your project! A fresh coat of paint will do wonders!

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  14. I love these! I have the exact same piece that needs some love. I was going to trash it but decided to Google how to paint them first. So glad I did! I am not crafty so can you please tell me exactly what type of paint to buy? Also did you draw the designs free hand? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    1. Oh, I am so glad you found this post! To answer your questions:

      1. Since I am a visual person, here's a link to a picture of the type of paint I used: http://www.plaidonline.com/groupImages/PG_Main_5_1.jpg

      You can buy it at any craft store or even in the craft section at WalMart.

      2. I did draw the designs freehand. No worries though. If that sounds intimidating, find some clip art online, print it out, then trace it onto the canvas with a pencil. Then all you have to do is fill it in with the paint. If you do a chevron pattern, you can just draw lines with a ruler. For the polka dots, just trace circles. It really isn't hard.

      I'd love to see the finished product. You can totally do this! Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. What a good idea! So cute and artsy-fartsy! I bought similar bins with cardboard supports a few weeks ago. Now I know how to pretty them up. Thanks for the quick and easy tutorial.

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