Plastic Tote Makeover

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July 18, 2014 by bridgitgillis

It's hard to believe this was once a dirty old green storage tote!

It’s hard to believe this was once a dirty old green storage tote!

I have a preschool son, and we had some of his toys in a ratty old tote outside our front door on our patio.  I had wanted to build a wooden toy box, but after checking out lumber prices, I decided it would be too expensive at the moment.  Solution?  A little spray paint, some stencils, craft paint, and polyurethane!  The colors and style go great with the rest of the items on my porch, and my son loves it because he picked out the yellow chandelier and flower for the sides.  If you look closely, you’ll see that the corners of the tote were chewed by our dog.  Even that imperfection doesn’t take away from the great look this tote gives.

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Step one: Spray paint your tote.

Step two: Stencil or paint your design on the dried coat of spray paint.

Step three: Let dry for a few hours.

Step four: Apply a thin coat of poly to the painted surface.

Step five: Let dry and enjoy!

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