As you may know, I am currently working on our laundry room, as it was in desperate need of some love and attention. I decided to use a cereal box to create a DIY Lint Box. Easy and budget-friendly.
It is week 3 of the One Room Challenge and I have given myself a total of $100 to redo our laundry room. That’s not a whole lot when you’re painting the walls, painting the dryer, making a shelf, adding storage, etc.
One thing I really wanted to do, was come up with a solution for our dryer lint. For the past 5+ years, this was my “solution”…
Ummm… yuck! Perhaps I should explain that my laundry “room” is actually a laundry closet, and there is literally no room. This over-sized trash can, shoved between the wall and dryer, is where I tossed all my dryer lint. (According to the above photo, I wasn’t even doing a good job because my dryer is covered in lint… To be fair, this was a before shot of the laundry room and I believe every before shot should include real life photos. No cleaning up. No tidying. Real. Life.)
Because I have such a tight budget, I needed a cheap solution to fix this disaster of a trash can. Enter the cereal box. A Costco-sized Honey Nut Cheerios box to be exact. I headed outside (and who wouldn’t when it was 70°… in Minnesota… in November!) and grabbed some spray paint, two large decorative clothespins I had found at Michael’s, and some dark stain.
I cut the flaps off the top of the cereal box and painted it with a hammered metal spray paint. Then, I stained the clothes pins.
Once everything was dry, I decided I really needed to spruce up the box a bit, so I headed to my craft bin and found some sticker letters I had leftover from a previous project.
Luckily, I had the letters to spell out L-I-N-T, so I applied them to the box, using a ruler to make sure it was straight and centered.
It still needed something, so I added a strip of washi tape around the top.
Using Command Strips, I secured the clothespins up on the wall. (For some reason, I had a little trouble with the strips sticking to the wood clothespins… I lost the directions to the Command Strips, so maybe they don’t do well on wood? I found that sanding the area where I was going to apply the strip was helpful.)
Then I hung the box, using the clothespins.
What I love, is that when the box is full of lint, I can unclip it from the clothespins, empty the lint from the box, and clip it back up again. So much better than that trash can!
The Budget So Far
Last week I had spent a total of $9.51. Here’s what I spent on this DIY lint box project.
- Cereal Box- FREE
- Spray Paint- $5.39
- Sticker Letters- FREE (Already had)
- Large Clothes Pins (x2)- $2.38 ($1.19 each)
- Stain- FREE (Already had)
- Command Strips- FREE (Already had)
Total So Far: $17.28
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