After painting our living room and another accent wall recently, I was left with several empty paint cans. Instead of tossing them [plus I'm not sure if it's legal to do so in my over-regulated state...she said sarcastically] I decided to recycle them.
I think I came up with this idea after stepping on a lego piece with bare feet the other day. If that doesn’t wake you up and cause you to blurt out a four letter word I don’t know what will. I might have seen stars and rainbows circling around my head and came up with the idea to create a rainbow of paint cans.
Since I only had a few empty paint cans on hand I ran to Home Depot and bought a few new ones for $4.97 each.
My 4 year old still prefers the larger duplos and my 6 year old plays with legos so I decided to organize both simply by color.
I wanted my cans to look less “can-y” so I pried off the handles using my wire cutters. I just wiggled and twisted the handle a bit and it easily came out.
I broke out almost every color of the rainbow and started painting each can.
While the cans were drying I got out the jute string and cut a few strands. Then I tied a knot in each end.
Once dry, I pushed the knotted ends into each hole where the wire handle used to be. For this I used a bamboo skewer and it worked like a charm.
After I had the new handles on, I wanted to add some detail to the lip of the paint can. I hot glued some sisal rope I had on hand to the top of the can.
I did leave one can sliver to hold all of the little accessories that go with legos [people, wheels...toilets!]
That’s pretty much it! After a small investment of $20 worth of paint cans I had a pretty cool, colorful and unique storage system for all those legos around the house.
Hopefully no more stumbling for my coffee in the morning and stepping on one of these suckers. A girl can dream right?
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