Tara Made Me Do It!

Yes, after drooling over her projects from last week, I begged her to make this "Monday Made It" thing a linky from now on....and she listened. (To lots of people who suggested it.)

So, then I was stuck.

With having to complete a project.


Luckily, I had brought a few things home with me to do based on some pins I had pinned.
The first one is from Maria at Kinder-Craze and the second one is from Stacy at Going Nutty!:

Source: Kinder-Craze: Fancy Up Your Sterilite Drawers via Pinterest

Source: Going Nutty!: Pulled an All Nighter via Pinterest
So, I took these ideas and used them to help me "Jazz Up" my pencil and paper organizer.

I have communal pencils and paper in my room.  I know that some of you are like, geesh...control freak.

Yep, that's me.

I bought out Staples last year and still have 3 gallon-sized bags full of pencils, so this communal thing will go on for at least another year.

So, I have this container to house lined paper, graph paper and pencils.  It's similar to this picture except it was a periwinkle blue:

Now, I love periwinkle, but that won't go with my new color scheme of black, lime green, hot pink and teal blue, right? 

Anyway...here's a picture play-by-play (I forgot to take a picture of it before I primed it with white primer):

Now for the drawers:

I liked the polka dots on Maria's drawers and the ease of using Mod Podge from Mrs. Squirrel's drawers.

(OK, I like these girls' drawers...something's wrong with that sentence.)

So this is what I decided to do:

See that extra paper off the top?  Well, once it was dry, I needed to trim it with an Exacto knife.  Did I have one? NO!

So I proceeded to trim it with scissors.  Mistake.

So, then, I had to use mailing tape to tape down the edges (almost defeats the purpose of the Mod Podge...but oh well...at least it won't slip and slide.)

Once I finished those, I created labels for the drawers...no more pulling all of the drawers out until you find the pencil drawer!

Those labels, by the way, are my next project....everything in my room will be labeled like that. (Maybe even the kids!)

Now that the project is complete, I just have to find a way to hide this from my husband:

But then again, I just tell him Tara made me do it.  (He won't know what in the world I'm talking about and will walk away stupefied.)

Brilliant idea!

Now, go link up with Tara, y'all.  I'm sure she won't mind if we all say Tara made us do it :)


  1. These are so great!

    And I can completely understand the spray paint dilemma! I spray painted some stools dark blue and our backyard looked like a Smurf murder scene for a while (oops!!)

    But the end result is so cute, it's all worth it :)

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  2. Love this!!! Don't forget since we share the same color theme you could just make 2 of everything;)))))

    Thanks for linking up and totally blame me:))) I have some random paint marks all around tool. LOL!

    Thanks for the push to make this a linky! So fun to bebop around and see what everyone else is doing and then add to my list:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  3. Those are SO cute! You make it look easy too...thanks for the tutorial!

    Primary Inspired

  4. I love love love these! Ok, now you've inspired me... I..must..go..make..some! lol! I agree, why not label the kids, too?! Maybe this will be my project next week! Love it girl!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  5. Love your step-by-step directions (and pics). This might be motivation for me to do this!

    A Time to Share & Create


    Fabulous 4th Grade

  6. Your drawers are cute. Ooops. :) I love the labels, too.


  7. Oh I love the labels! The drawers are on my list of things to make this summer. I have them all purchased and ready just need to find cute paper. Sigh....

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  8. So adorable...way to check that off the pinterest to do list!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  9. Love it!!! I wouldn't have thought to spray paint the white plastic. Great idea!

  10. I LOVE it...so my colors too! Again, another thing to add to my to-do list:)

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  11. Okay this is awesome! I will have to add this to my to do list.

    Little Treasures

  12. I.LOVE.it!!! The pink is fab!! New summer project? Check!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  13. This came out so beautifully!!! I love the colors!

  14. Those drawers came out amazing!! You did a fabulous job!! :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  15. Tell hubby the paint will grow out of the grass....how I know 2 reasons, a) did the same thing(still on gravel in driveway year later) b) we did the huge twister game on the grass for field day, and yard guy said it has mostly mowed off, next round will do it:) Love your makeover....thanks for sharing!

  16. Ok, I admit it, I'm may have to do this. These are TOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!! Question, how "good" does the paint say on the plastic? Does it look like it will scratch off easily? This is my one fear. Love it and I may totally copy it in my colors! I will make sure to give credit where credit is due!

  17. Mandy, I painted a bunch of drawers like this two years in a row. Why 2 years? The first year I did not use primer and the paint peeled and picked off. Then last year I redid them with primer (and new colors) and they still look great!
    I'm ready to make them over again with this tutorial, but first I need to get into my locked classroom and get them home! Maybe I can bribe a custodian with some ice cream to let me back in the room?

    How Cute Is This!

    1. Yes, agreed. The key is the primer. I've also read somewhere to sand between coats of primer. That may be even better, but I haven't sanded any of mine. See my more recent post and it shows the primer I used.

  18. Elizabeth, this came out AMAZING!!!!Y I love your color choices!! You just added a project to my summer to do list :)

  19. Girl you just saved me so much money! I'm always looking for the colored tubs because the white ones are just SO boring. I never thought of spray painting the plastic! You're a genius and I am adding it to my summer project list. THANKS!! :)

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten