Dollar Tree Bins to Galvanized Buckets

Hi there!! Long time no see.... I'm still around.  It's just been a crazy couple of weeks!  I'm calling this my 'squirrel project'.  πŸ˜‰

Dollar Tree Bins to Galvanized Buckets

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Some of you might know what I mean by that....  If you've seen the movie, UP, then you'll know.  What's funny is that I just saw that movie for the first time around Christmas. πŸ˜† I'm not one for "cartoon" movies, but this one was pretty cute.

So, where have I been lately?? I have been in the thick of 4 apartment vacancies.  Man, when it rains it pours... So, I'm in charge of cleaning them out, figuring what needs to be done and getting them ready to rent.   My days have been spent touch up painting, scrubbing and cleaning.  😩   I'm ready for a break!

Oh! Let's not forget Hubby and I have been working on our bedroom! 😍😍😍  We just finished our plank wall.  Just a few more things to complete and I'll be sharing it with you soon!!

Anywhoobs, back to my squirrel project! I saw some plastic bins at the Dollar Tree and thought they might just work for my kitchen. Hmmmm... If I paint them, they might look like these...

galvanized bucket inspiration
Cute, right?? I could've just purchased them, but...  I'm not sure if that's what I want up there forever.  I've really been dragging my feet putting something up there.  Nothing seems right. This just seemed like an easy solution to see if this is the look I would like.

The bins at Walmart are $7.47 each. Not bad, but I need 11 of them.... that comes to over $82.00.  A little more that I want to spend.  I picked up the bins at the Dollar Tree.  Then I purchased some spray paint, one in Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2X Granite and one in Rustoleum Antique Nickel .

Spray painting buckets

Yep, my professional spray painting area during the winter. πŸ˜‰
I didn't even bother spray painting the insides, who's gonna see?

Spray painting buckets

Then I added labels to the fronts.

adding labels to buckets

These are the labels I picked up on Amazon, 30 for $12.99. Bronze Tone Library Antique Label

Total cost per bin,  about $2 each.  What?!! Oh, yeah!  Now, that's what I'm talking about!

The cost difference is unbelievable! $82 to $22.

From a distance, you really can't tell that much... I mean who's really going to go inspect them and tell me... "Uh... Lori, those aren't real... they look kinda plastic to me..." And if they did... πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚  Like I would care??!!

Dollar Tree Bins to Galvanized Buckets

Here's a before... (from awhile ago)

Kitchen Before


Dollar Tree Bins to Galvanized Buckets

A bit of a close up.

Dollar Tree Bins to Galvanized Buckets

One more look at this... I just love this coffee bar area! πŸ’—

Dollar Tree Bins to Galvanized Buckets

Dollar Tree Bins to Galvanized Buckets

Pretty cool, right?



  1. Did you have to sand them down before you spray painted? And how love did it take to have them dry. I find that mine are chipping after using another spray paint ��

    1. Hi Kyrie! I did not sand them. Mine don't get moved at all, so I wasn't too worried about them chipping. If I was going to use them a lot, I might have gave them a slight sanding. Priming them would also help. It works as a bonding agent. They dry pretty fast depending on the temperature. I probably wouldn't have gone with this option if I were going to be using them on a regular basis, but mine are just for looks. :) Thanks for stopping by!


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