So where does one go for organization containers? If your name is Jana, Goodwill & Salvation Army, of course. (Now, I probably could have found just-as-cheap containers at Wal-Mart or even Target and cut my project time in half, but I wanted to give myself a bit of a challenge & practice my spray painting skills.)
The set-up in the garage: (praise the Lord for a few warm days last week!)
Please notice that I was about half-way through the first coat of primer spray paint when I suddenly realized: Oh shucks! I forgot to take before pictures! Thus the reason 2 containers are white-ish already.
Please also notice the handy-dandy spray paint helper that is hooked on the top of the spray paint can. It looks like this:Hands down: the best $3 I've ever spent in my life. Literally saving myself from pointer-finger rehab in the future. Where-oh-where was this amazing contraption when I was spray painting the blue shelves last summer?!?
Two of the containers were dark, so I did 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of glossy white.
Threw away all the food that was way past its prime. Emptied the floor area and wiped it down (yuck). Bryce put a bag holder on the door. Used 4 of the white containers for 1) crackers, 2) popcorn & various packets, 3) sugar, flour & cornmeal, and 4) all of the "bags" - brown rice, beans, chocolate chips, etc. Covered a cork board in material to make place to hang recipes, notes, grocery lists, etc. Also used a $1 clipboard (from Target) for a bit of color and another place to hang recipes.
So maybe the pictures aren't that drastic, but from a utilization & practical standpoint, it's a huge improvement. Plus, I have a bunch of fun white containers now! (And if you don't know this about me yet, please know that I love containers.....plastic, metal, basket weave....it doesn't matter. They're all amazing. And a must-have for any kind of organization project.)
Spray-paint nozzle picture from here.