Recycle Bin Dresser

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About This Project

I saw Ana's Laundry Basket Dresser & thought it was an awesome idea, I am notorious for not folding the clean laundry for weeks & our new puppy likes to steal the clean socks & in the process pulls out other clothing all over the closet floor. I plan to build two of the basket dressers & then space them apart & add a top to them to make it like a folding table with the basket storage built into it but that involves a trip to Lowes. This project also gave me the best idea for tidying up our mudroom. Our local trash/recycling company decided 6 months ago to go to an every other week pick up schedule for recycling, with an every week pick up we only had a bin & a half, very managable & tidy. Now with every other week pick up somehow we generate 4 bins! As you can imagine, even with breaking down cardborad & nealty placing items in the bins, it gets messy & looks awful & this is the main way people enter our home. So after seeing this dresser project I got the idea to just adjust the plans to fit our bins. I also only had a single sheet of plywood & limited space so I tweaked the design from Ana's plan to accomodate my needs & materials. Now our bins are contained & the bin dresser doubles as a large table where we can put down the groceries when we get home from shopping! While I put it down as a weekend project, I only did so because I spread out the work over two days because I wanted to give the paint time to dry, I like to paint & stain my Projects before assembling as it's easier to get full coverage & I don't end up with dificult to paint knooks & cranies.

I used 1/2" thick 4' x 8' sheet of basic construction plywood
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I just used some interior paint we had leftover, not exactly the perfect thing to use but it's in a mudroom & I just wanted to cover the ugly plywood.
Estimated Cost: 
For me, nothing, already had the materials though probably $30-$40