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DIY Bathroom Counter Organizer Idea

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.

wood sewing machine drawers make good organizers or storage pieces

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.


tin container from Goodwill

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.

use Frogtape painters tape on home decor projects to protect from paint overlap

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.

Painting a tin container with latex paint

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.

painting tin containers

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.

use painters tape to get a nice crisp paint line and remove the tape before the paint is dry

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.

sisal rope is a great trim item for beach or nautical style home decor just attach it with hot glue

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.

hot glue sisal rope to home decor

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.

Make A Pretty Bathroom Counter Organizer

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.

decorative DIY seashell bathroom display container

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.

decorative beach or nautical style decor

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.

bathroom counter organizer made from thrift store finds

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.

bathroom vanity counter organizer for 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…..

summer thrift store ideas

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

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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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

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  1. It looks fabulous!! I always try and remove the painter’s tape right away, too – it makes a HUGE difference. And I love that we both used rope this month. 🙂

  2. Such a fabulous idea! This would be another great idea for the kid’s new apartment!

  3. Love it! Perfect for storage. I prefect one of a kind storage like this and you can design it to fit your space.

  4. That turned out so cute! Love the nautical look. My husband loves to have everything in clear view in the bathroom. If he can’t see it, it’s not there 🙂

  5. woohoo! this is such a fabulous idea and I love how easy it was to give the bin a new look.

    I like the darker rope better, glad you went with that one.



  6. Cheap as chips (as we say here) to make but looks expensive when done! You’d have to pay a lot for something like that if you bought it from a shop. Great project.

  7. I love the idea of corralling toiletries into a handy organizer like this. Sure they could all go in a drawer like you say, but I know at my house there are items that are always on the counter no matter what my intentions are. At least in a tray, only one item has to be picked up and moved to wipe down the counter instead of multiple little bottles and what not.