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Redoing the Bins in our Side Table

Spicing up the little side table that I moved under our stairs was a multi-faceted project. If you recall, the table looked like this when it first was placed under the stairs:

I’d bought the bins specifically for the table in it’s new home, but I found their overly-matchy nature distracting once they were in the table. I wished I could find something unique, with all of the bins having a similar color scheme. And, I wanted something that matched our style and our home.

Then I went to Target and fell in love the with fabric in this table runner. Yellow has been one of my favorite colors for a very long time. These patterns were just bohemian enough to be fun, yet planned enough to look polished. I thought about it – why not cut one of these up and use it to recover the bins …. ???


I went home and had a discussion with my assistant. He quickly demonstrated how easy it would be to disassemble the bins and prepare them for a new cover.


After I measured out the cuts, I used a glue gun to attach the fabric. I also used some cloth napkins to cover the sides and back, those portions that wouldn’t be seen from the front of the sofa table. To finish off the bottom, I cut pieces of felt and glued those to the bottom. I wanted a smooth surface that would allow the bins to slide easily on the shelves.

Here are the redone bins from the front. See the grosgain ribbon on the bin on the upper left? I love how that turned out, it’s actually covering a rough edge. I ended up using the very last part of the scraps on the smallest bin. I lucked out in remembering that I had it handy, I feel like the white ribbon really helps tie in with the white of the table.


And here they are inside the table. I really like the vibe of the classic table lines and the funky bin fabric.

I still love getting to see the table in it’s new location, and really glad that we have a spot for all of Zoom’s stuff, along with other things like fabric shopping bags, camera cases, and some shoes near the door.

Linking up to: DIY Showoff, Sugar Bee Crafts, Ginger Snap Crafts

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  • Liz
    June 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    They look great!

  • Ashley
    June 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    these are so fun!
    i love them

  • Ginger
    June 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Just letting you know I’ll be feature YOU this Thursday on my {take a look at you} post. Thank you so much for linking up to my party last week. Hope you join us this week at {wow me} wednesday. 🙂


  • Emily
    June 23, 2011 at 2:31 am

    looks great!

  • Lolly Jane
    June 23, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Clever solution! We were just talking about an inexpensive way to store all of our craft clutter 😉 Thanks for the tip!

  • Just Jaime
    June 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Cute! Love the color it brings in too!

  • Tracy
    June 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Great idea! Love it.
    Just found your blog and have become a follower! Would love for you to check mine out and do the same! 🙂

  • SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime
    July 2, 2011 at 4:46 am

    The Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop has grown for the better because of your participation. Thanks for linking up this great post!