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Easy upgrade of a trash can

Find out how to easily transform a plastic trash can in a rustic and good looking accessory for your bathroom in one simple step.

Yep, you’ve read correctly! The trash can is not the usually the object we want to star when we makeover a room. But it doesn’t mean it has to stick out like a sore thumb either! So here’s how I made my bathroom’s trash can look pretty!

I decided to give a bit of loooove to something that we often forget and that in my case, is almost hidden between the toilet and the counter.

bathroom counter and toilet. We can't see the trash can

Maybe the fact that it was hidden was why it was a plain plastic trash to start with.

simple white plastic trash can

Sometimes the simplest DIY gives you the best accomplishment feeling!

So, part of the $100 Room Challenge

(see recap of Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5)

I thought of adding sisal rope around my plastic bin to give it a rustic look.


Trash can update with sisal rope

For this project, I invested:

  • a big $3.81 (with a 40% discount at Hobby Lobby)
  • 1 hour of my weekend
  • and 6 hot glue stick (ya, that’s right!!)

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What you need to update the trash can

How to do it

Start at the bottom and work in a circle to the top, adding hot glue along the way. It’s that easy!

Starting to glue sisal rope at the bottom of the plastic trash can

Holding a hot glue gun and gluing sisal rope on the trash can

Stay tuned for Week 4 update of the $100 Room Challenge, coming up tomorrow.

see recap of Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

Get this free printable to help you!

You’ll have a step by step guide to follow while you’re doing the project. It includes more detailed information and you’ll even have an easy checklist that you can take with you to make sure you don’t forget anything before you start.

PS: Till then, if you like it, don’t forget to Pin it!

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Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

Oh, this is right up my alley!!! Thanks for sharing with us at Waste Not Wednesday.


Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

Thanks Deborah! Glad you enjoyed


Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

I am actually going to try this update on the bin in the girls bathroom :)


Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

Yay!! Tell me how it went! (and how many glue stick you used! ;-)


Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

Great makeover. A nice garbage can for the bathroom can be $50 bucks, not happening in my house. This is a really nice solution to keep the cost down. Nice!!!


Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

you're absolutely right Leanna! Thanks for the comment!

Lindsay @ The DIY Mommy

Sunday 20th of August 2017

What a pretty transformation! What a great idea :)


Monday 21st of August 2017

Thank you, Lindsay!

Cathy S.

Sunday 13th of August 2017

What a great idea! Your trash can doesn't need to hide in your bathroom anymore!


Monday 14th of August 2017

hehe! Exactly!!! lol

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