How to turn plastic crates into fun storage boxes

Transform a plain black crate into a gelato-hued storage with a bit of spray paint and some elbow grease. These crates make ideal storage for small toys, stationery and magazines.

Bunnings magazine, June 2020

Tools and materials

Cloth

Disposable gloves

Drop sheet

Glasses

Mask

Mini paint roller kit

No-primer spray paint (we used White Knight ‘Squirts’ paint & prime spray paints)

Paint brushes (including angled brush)

1. Clean the crates

Wipe the crates with a cloth to ensure they’re free from debris and dust. Lay a drop sheet over the area you’ll be working and place the crates upside down over the sheet.

2. Paint the outside

Wearing protective gloves, glasses and a safety mask, apply the paint using a back-and-forward motion, working over the base and around the edges. Apply two to three coats of paint, leaving the paint to dry between each coat.

3. Paint the inside

When the last outside coat is dry, turn the crates over to spray inside, working around the sides and over the base for even coverage. Apply two to three coats of paint, leaving the paint to dry after each coat.

4. Fill your crates

Once the last coat of paint is dry, your crates are now ready to be used as storage for whatever you like.

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Photography credit: James Moffatt

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Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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