Start with an empty and yucky junk drawer. Vacuum, then paint.
the junk drawer
painted junk drawer with dividers
I added 2 adjustable dividers that I bought from The Container Store but a plain wooden slat from the garden section of the hardware store for $0.55 each works just as well. I find the spring loaded ones easier to re-position if I want to move the junk around.
A set of hex keys, 6 bubble wands, pliers and pens.
I anchored the baskets to the drawer with 3M Command velcro so they wouldn’t budge and I could create custom sized spaces in between the baskets for other things.
organize junk drawer
What follows is a tale of two bathroom sink cupboards, they are the 2 main bathrooms of the house and as such have to store the most stuff. The primary item for storage is toilet paper as per hubby’s request. He in no way wants tp stored in our giant garage, out of the way, and replenished as needed, he wants a Costco bale’s worth in each bathroom. So I did.
Here are the before shots.
downstairs bathroom, nothing special but so much potential
upstairs bathroom, the hair trimmer for the boys is in the giant red/white bag on the left
the full span of the upstairs bathroom from cleaning supplies to bubble bath
I made three shelves as inexpensively as possible. I bought 2 wooden dowels for $14 and cut them myself with a saw into 8 inch lengths. I sanded them ($3) then spray painted primer on them ($6) and painted them ($8). I hand painted 2 stripes at the bottom of each leg with paint I already had.
I glued 4 legs to a large tile ($0.70 on sale) with a super duper adhesive called “No More Nails” ($8) and let it dry over night.
diy shelf made with tile
One went downstairs and two went upstairs.
organize under bathroom sink
organize under bathroom sink with diy shelves
organize under bathroom sink, hair trimmer now in sewn white bags on top of left shelf
I added 2 Command hooks too to hold a few things.
My bathroom is a bit teeny so I added a plastic, three-drawer unit as storage for my time-of-the-month lady supplies. In order to divide the supplies into their relevant scheduled time during that-time-of-the-month I needed some drawer dividers. I was not about to buy anything so all I did was measure the width of the drawer (10 inches EXACTLY) and cut the same width pieces out of an empty cardboard box. In my case I painted these cardboard dividers first then cut them to a smidge LESS than 10 inches before inserting them in the drawer. They wedged in perfectly.
diy drawer dividers
diy drawer dividers with scrapbook paper in drawer front to make it prettier than plastic
I made jewellery storage for all my stuff in a previous post, except for this one bulky necklace that doesn’t fold very well; it has to be hung. I slept on the problem for a while and came up with this.
necklace storage diy
upcycle wine bottle
I painted the bottle then hot glued a small picture hook on the back (it’s round so what’s the back exactly? where the paint might have smudged!) and hung the necklace on it. I also put in 2 branches from my great outdoors that I wrapped in gems-on-wire garland.
I do calligraphy as well as sometimes dabble in charcoal drawing. I do calligraphy well and charcoal drawing for fun but either way I wanted a nice display piece for my tools.
I finished a large pot of Nivea Rain lotion so I drilled holes into the lid of the empty container, then painted it to match my decor.
I also scrapbook and make my own cards so I painted a box and stored them here, in my bookcase. The pen nibs box is from the Dollar Store and painted to match.
pen nibs and homemade birthday cards
yes, I have dip ink pens
I got sick and tired of the 4 sponges Hubby bought me for cleaning that I never use because I’m a microfiber girl. They’ve been sitting under the kitchen sink for 3 years. Most of the sponges got cut up and put in giant planting pots to help hold water and cut down on the amount of dirt I’ll need.
I cut one sponge into 2 kid size pieces, set the kids up at a plank outside, gave them a bucket of very watered down purple paint and had them dob a dozen or so white envelopes and turn them purple. They spread the envelopes around the yard to dry, which took 15 minutes and everyone had fun. I didn’t do any work and I got beautiful envelopes.
put squirt of paint in empty yogurt container. ANY type of paint will work.
cut to kid size
squirt of paint covered in water. You’re trying to make a colour between muddy and transparent.
I started from a previous blog where I decorated tp tubes to hold rolled up wires. This time I painted a shoe box, wrapped wires in tp tubes, clothespins, and ziploc bags; all with the perfect labels so that we’d know what’s what and what’s where.
paint the shoe box a neutral colour
label all the cords, some in toilet paper tubes, some in ziploc bags.
label the box so Hubby knows where things are.
Mostly these cords are for the computers but a few are for the tablet or whatever. Anyway, as much as I would like every electronic wire in its own box, Hubby likes the “every wire in one box” method. Since he turns into a child lost in the mall without the “every wire in one box” system, I compromised and left the cell phone charger in the computer cord box.
In an effort to add visual interest to these future flower vases, I “drew” patterns across the front with a heavy Nivea cream. I used Nivea because it’s white and I can see what I’m doing. Vaseline would work too. I applied globs of the cream, shaped as crudely as possible, with my fingers, then trimmed it up with q-tips to smooth the edges.
use Nivea cream to block off portions of the bottle
wipe off Nivea cream once spray painted and you’ll have a negative image
I had this ill fitting lid kicking around holding scrapbooking scraps. When I upgraded to a cut out milk jug I needed to find a new purpose for the lid or throw it out. I recently painted the top of my small filing cabinet
paint filing cabinet
which sits beside my laptop and I used to always put my coffee on it, leading to stains. I didn’t want to stain my new paint job so I settled on the idea of making a coaster.
I spray painted the thing with a white primer then painted the sides blue. I crocheted a long chain of blue garden twine that Hubby had bought me to tie up my tomatoes and hot glued it down in a circular fashion both on top and inside the lid. Voilà, coaster!
reuse tin lid into coaster
reuse lid into coaster, inside
reuse tin lid into coaster, top
So I finished me my cod liver oil supplements and was left with a largish, brown bottle. What to do, what to do? Flowers!
I cut the top off with a meat knife (I think a hacksaw would be slightly more effective but I haven’t unpacked mine yet), then ran the raw edge along a medium-hot iron to smooth it down. I freestyle hand painted this rose on the bottle
how to draw a rose
filled it with dirt and planted “Oopsy Daisy” calendula seeds. I labeled the back of the vase with the name of the plant, when I planted it and when it will sprout (8-10 days) just so I’d know since I’m the idiot gardener.
reuse vitamin bottle for flower vase