The tin container I repurposed for Thrift Store Decor Day holds hair products, lotions, toothpaste, etc. I could throw all this stuff in a drawer, but this way, it’s handy.
If you guys like a quick and easy project, this is it. The bathroom counter organizer I made is stylish and can also be used to display various things.
The last time I did a bathroom decor makeover I used wood sewing machine drawers as organizers. They have worked well for over two years. I can’t believe it’s been two years since I redecorated the bathroom. Time sure is going fast.
Anyway, the wood drawers, as you can imagine, get spotted with water, hair spray, etc. I cleaned and waxed the drawers and took them back down to the shop. I’m sure they will appear in a project in the near future.
I paid $1.79 for the tin container at Goodwill. The tag on the bottom says $4.99 and Old Time Pottery. I’ve used the tin container in various places in the house. After Sofi’s bedroom makeover the tin container ended up back in the workshop.
It’s time to give it a new look. The first thing I did was tape off the top third of the container with FrogTape painter tape.
Instead of spray paint, I painted the tin white using latex paint. I had a can of Valspar oops paint open because I was working on a furniture project (reveal soon) and it took all of one minute to paint the tin.
Chalk brushes are my fav because they hold a lot of paint and the paint goes on smoothly. I find they work great with latex paint.
Remember my number one tip for using painter’s tape? Remove the tape before the paint dries. I usually remove the tape as soon as I finish the paint job. Wait too long, and bits of dried paint will come up with the tape.
I searched for my sisal rope and discovered I had two different kinds. I think the piece of dark rope was a flea market buy.
The darker rope looked best with the white paint. I attached it to the container using a glue gun. No photos. It’s really hard to hold a glue gun, the rope, and my camera at the same time. I ran a bead of glue around the top of the white paint and wrapped the rope around the container, pushing it down to make contact with the hot glue.
The whole project took less than 30 minutes. The paint dried really fast, although the day was very hot and humid. The paint is a flat sheen, and that might make the difference. I know the furniture I used the paint on dried to the touch quickly.
See how easy that was. You know you can take this idea and run with it. Try different colors of paint and different trims on items like jars, vases, baskets, you name it.
I had a small basket of seashells on the bathroom counter, so I poured them into the tin container just to see how it would look. I’m patting myself on the back for this one. Functional and pretty.
I can see this piece holding apples or limes on the kitchen counter or maybe as a planter for succulents. I have a thing for succulents now but just the artificial kind. My thumb is not green.
I don’t have to worry if this organizer gets wet. I know you’re surprised the project includes sisal rope. I’ve only made about 20 sisal rope projects over the years. The white paint and rope make the thrifty tin container look very beachy and pretty stylish. Maybe it’s too pretty to store personal products.
That’s it for me. What do you guys think of my new storage piece? It corrals all my stuff just fine. You can see just a glimpse of the wood and sisal rope candle holder I made last year. It makes a showing in various rooms.
Time to see what my thrifty friends have been up to. Just click the text links below the “before makeovers” photo…..
Cabinet Door Chalkboard Project My Repurposed Life
Fabric Art Makeover Our Southern Home
Adirondack Chair Makeover Tutorial Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Nautical Pub Sign on a Cabinet Door Sadie Seasongoods
Trophy Makeover Refresh Restyle
Thrift Store Basket Makeover House of Hawthornes
Bathroom Counter Organizer Petticoat Junktion (You are here)
As always, thanks for being here, and have a great day, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com