Saturday, July 12, 2008

Random Debris

I can't remember the last time we stayed home for an entire day.  The first thing out of Lucy's mouth every morning is "where we going?" and she gets pretty stressed out if I don't have an answer.  A hazard of being on the go is I seem to be packing and unpacking bags multiple times a day.  I don't bother picking up while they are awake (futile) so I make a full sweep of the house, car and diaper bags at nap and bed time.  I was tiring of the piles in front of their doors and decided to come up with some sort of system to appear less cluttered until they woke up and I could put everything away in their rooms.
I found these tubs in the paint section at Lowes for $9.98 each and got out some scrapbook paper and my trusty Modge Podge.  You will need about 5 sheets per tub and I wouldn't recommend using cardstock, it isn't flexible enough to go around the ridges. Don't be shy about the Modge Podge either, you need gobs and gobs under and on top of the paper to get it to stick and not bubble or peel.  If I could go back I think I would have spray painted the inside of the tubs a funky turquoise, the silver is a bit too shiny, but I suppose all of the girls debris will cover that in no time.
Here are the finished products.  I really love them and want to paper up some more for other storage, or even serving pieces.  How cute would it be in matching paper for a party?
Lulu took the term "tub" literally and took a little bath with her baby doll.  Clutter problem solved for about $20 in one hour.  Can't complain about that!

23 comments:

  1. I love those! What a great idea....and pretty, too. THanks for sharing!

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  2. These are so great! I love the patterns!

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  3. Those are WAY (and I mean WAY!!!) too cute! What fun little pieces!!

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  4. Woohoo! I love getting ideas from you!! Those are awesome and I love that paper you used!!

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  5. SO STINKING ADORABLE!!! (and the kids are, too!) Such a cute idea!

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  6. Super cute! I can't wait to make these!

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  7. I recently found your blog. I love the tubs!! Super cute!

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  8. These tubs are terrific!! I consider myself inspired!

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  9. ooooh, great idea! they are beautiful!

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  10. Ah what a cute photo!!!! :) And cute idea as well!! xoxox!

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  11. Seriously?! Maybe one of your best ideas yet. I am totally drooling!

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  12. What a great idea!!!! I love how they turned out! Great paper choices too....thanks for sharing, and love your blog by the way. I don't know how I stumbled across it, but I'm sure glad I did! :o)

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  13. I LOVE these! Did you put the Mod Podge on the tub first and let that dry and then do a top coat? Every time I use this stuff it ends up bubbling up on me. With 3 girls I'm always looking for great ways to control it :) Love your blog!

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  14. So cute! What a great solution. Sure beats laundry baskets for hauling junk around :)

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  15. such a great idea:) i'll have to try that!!!

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  16. i love making these.
    they are fun to give gifts in also.
    everyone loves them.
    they are in pottery barn or in stores for so much money.
    so you are saving money jus tby making them! :)

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  17. WOW - I would never have thought Mod Podge and paper would work so well. I'm thinking I need to try this! And that girl of yours.. too too cute!

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  18. I saw your cute bins and wanted to offer the suggestion of also using
    cute tissue paper or a napkin.
    If you use a napkin just peel it apart so that you are using just one layer.
    Also the more white on the paper, the more the metal shows through.
    Love your cute ideas, glad I stumbled across your blog!

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  19. I just found you from A Feathered Nest. Great idea! I will for sure be trying this.

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  20. These are ever so lovely! I plan to make one this week. Thanks for a great post.

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  21. I am SO making those!!!!! Love your blog--I'll be back!!
    -Tabitha
    Roots & Wings

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  22. these are GREAT! did you measure the paper first or use whole pieces? when its dry does it feel weird cause of the glue you used? sorry so many questions, but would really like to do this and do it RIGHT!

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