Back to School Organizers

Today I'm working on a repurposed back-to-school project for my classroom that can also be used in your home.

Classroom organizers for back to school.
These are IKEA buckets left over from my daughter's wedding.... Inexpensive and adorable. You can find them here.

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Last year I did I did a project with these buckets...  I changed the finish on them by experimenting with different antiquing solutions.

Shiny  buckets with an antiqued look

Today I'm painting the buckets a pretty, bright color for my classroom.

I gave each a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, followed up with a coat of Polycrylic... these buckets will get heavy use in my classroom.

Painted shiny buckets for classroom organizers

Ikea pails as classroom organizers

This color is called Provence and it is reminiscent of the antique blue mason jars in the background.

In your home, these painted buckets would be beautiful for plants or as organizers, and of course the color possibilities are endless.

Painted pails that don't scratch off

I added vinyl labels, you can create your own with a Silhouette Vinyl Cutting Machine

Now these are perfect for my Pre Kindergarten classroom!

Classroom organizers painted DIY

It's time to get ready for school again...
time sure flies when you're having fun!

Update! These buckets made it through the year with hardly a scratch on them! 
The paint and the Polycrylic held up great!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Good idea! and you can move them around as you need them...

  2. You're going to have the best looking classroom at school. Guess what all the other teachers are going to be hinting that they want you to make for them? Watch out!

  3. LOVE! sooo cute!

    have a great school year! sometimes I miss being a teacher... but it's only for a moment. ;)


  4. Love the color Susan! I'll bet you'll have the most organized pre-K class on Long Island. =) Come on over when you have a chance - I'm having a giveaway!


  5. so pretty,, love the color. I was an assistant teacher for about 5 years,,sometimes I miss it but only for a


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