DIY Chevron Square Storage Bins

Whoosh! That was the sound of the week passing by. It went about as fast as Milo the “Super Guy” goes running around the house (and park, and mall, and zoo, etc.)

I had a little roller coaster week. High in Philly with the boys, enjoying deliciousness in many forms. Low during a nap time when I tried every single idea I could think of to help Milo sleep to no avail (it’s amazing how nap time can make or break my mood).  High again yesterday when I followed my mom’s advice and opted for a no-guilt “movie time” instead of nap time so the toddler and I both could get a much needed break.

He watched Princess and the Frog, and I painted our storage boxes. Win Win.

We’ve had these boxes since we moved into this apartment, over two years ago. They were an inexpensive, easy solution to organizing some belongings in the book case, and fit it perfectly even though they are from Target, not Ikea. As Milo grew into toys, we rearranged a bit so that his playroom shared the living room, and the storage bins became toy bins, for now. They had been begging and pleading for a spray painted geometric design, so I finally obliged. I initially thought I’d do simple stripes, but I am so happy I decided to branch out and create a cool new take on the classic (and oh so trendy) chevron pattern.

Here’s how I did it:Needed: Storage bin (folded flat with the base removed from the inside), 2″ masking tape, ruler, pencil, exacto knife and spray paint.

Measure from the top to the bottom of each side and make a small mark along the edge in the center. These bins are 13×13″ so I marked at 6.5″ on each edge.

Draw a faint pencil line connecting the dots on each diagonal.

Cover the handle hole with masking tape from the inside.

Place strips of tape along the outside edges of your pencil lines, press them on securely.

You should end up with a square of masking tape on the diagonal.

Use your ruler to measure 2″ from the inside edge of the masking tape square (where your pencil line was before) and draw a line.

Repeat along all four sides, creating a square within your square. Don’t worry about pencil marks in the stripe, they will be painted over.

This time add the masking tape to the INSIDE edge of your pencil line, leaving the 2″ border. Use your ruler and exacto knife to trim the edges of the tape into a perfect square.

Now you should have a square within a square of tape, all on the diagonal.

Tape around the edges of the box, so they stay clean when spray painting.

Take outside, or to a well ventilated area and spray paint.

Start with a light coat, and continue adding layers until you are satisfied with the color. Don’t hold the can too close, or you may get paint seeping under the tape (I learned this the hard way:)

Let dry and then peel away the masking tape to reveal your design! 

This is the really fun part when your attention to detail measuring and taping pays off with clean lines and accurate geometry.

Looks pretty snazzy, right? Now, do that a few more times, then you get to line them up!

I love how they look side by side along the shelf. I think I’ll have a little easier time picking up and putting away toys (endlessly) now that they live in such cute storage bins!  I finished just as the movie was ending. Perfect timing!

I love a start-and-finish-in-90-minutes project. Check the box. Done.

Tonight for date night Dave and I are going to a movie (probably this, but have you seen anything good you’d suggest?) and eating at  our hometown favorite Cafe Rio. Tomorrow I hope to make some serious headway in my Easter sewing orders, and finish a new dress for myself, then we’re hosting new friends for dinner. On Sunday we’ll all enjoy going to church and having some down-time as a family. I adore Sundays.

I wish all of you a happy and creative weekend! See you next week!


  1. Linda
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    I totally recommend This Means War! My husband and I saw it Monday on a lunch date. It was great!

    • Miranda
      Posted February 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Linda! I had heard it was a his/hers pleaser–and a lunch date sounds so fun!

    • Miranda
      Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:55 am | Permalink

      It was HILARIOUS! Thanks for your thumbs up:)

      • Linda
        Posted February 26, 2012 at 5:06 am | Permalink

        Glad you liked it! I was laughing so hard in the theater. It was totally one of those embarrassing laughs, too, where you laugh way too loud before you realize you’re in public and there are people who are not related to you behind you. 🙂

  2. Posted February 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    very cool. good job and use of movie nap time 🙂

  3. Alicia
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Great project! We have the same black Expedit and the Itso bins from Target in our living room, too. Except ours are the polka dot ones… now I wish I had gotten a solid color so I could chevron them up!

  4. Kate
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    love it! i have black boxes… maybe do white design?

    • Miranda
      Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:54 am | Permalink

      Oooh, black? I’d go with a gold pattern. That’d be awesome!

  5. Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Great idea! I have similar cream boxes and would have never thought of doing that.

    Our oldest gave up napping *way* before I was ready, and another idea that helped (and still helps) is audio CDs. He’s old enough for the Magic Treehouse series now, and each CD is about an hour. Sometimes I can convince him to stay in his room for the whole thing.

    Mommies need breaks however we can get them!

    • Miranda
      Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:54 am | Permalink

      Audio CDs sound like a great idea! I’ll have to check out what the library has available. It’s crazy because he’s so hit and miss. I never know what to expect! I appreciate the tip!

  6. Posted February 27, 2012 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    Your storage boxes look amazing! That would be a great technique for jazzing up a plain fabric covered window cornice, too — it would end up looking like the fabric was so much more expensive. More great ideas from Miranda!

  7. Ivy
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Ha — I too have those boxes, as you probably know. Great idea! Although I feel like I can’t quite copy because we live so close. 😉 However, I like the idea of painting them at some point — they are starting to show smudgy fingersprints and such.

    • Miranda
      Posted February 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

      You kidding? I’d be thrilled to know someone actually used one of my (painstakingly prepared;) tutorials!! I’ve got all the supplies you can borrow. Heck, I’ll come do them for you!

  8. Posted March 1, 2012 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    Something tells me this diamond pattern is going to be in ; )

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