A set of plastic drawers is a must for the dorm! I had a set of three to double as a night stand. This is a really cute idea to make give them a facelift! Chalk paint makeover for plastic drawers dorm (Diy Storage Dorm)
To decorate a cheap plastic storage container, just take the 3 drawers outside, put them on newspaper and use your favorite colored spray paint (can even color coordinate with bedspread!) and use a stencil for a more professional-looking design.