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I ‘m so glad to be done with this project. It just one of those projects that no matter what you try, it just doesn’t come out right. Jinxed from the beginning.
I’m not going to bore you with everything I did before it finally came out right. But let me just say, it involved a coat of mod podge, acrylic paint and three different colors of spray paint. And of course, it started to rain while I was spray painting. Not to mention it took me half the day to complete.
Ok, enough venting! On to the project at hand…
DIY Vintage Bathroom Storage Canisters
Here’s what you’ll need:
3 Varying size gift boxes (round or square)
1 Sheet of scrapbook paper
3 Drawer pulls
White spray paint
White glue or mod podge
3 small hardware nuts to fit the knob screws (optional)
*I got the gift boxes at the dollar store and the knobs at Michael’s for around a dollar each. I used nuts to hold the knobs since the box is so thin and the screws don’t go all the way into the knobs.
Make a hole with a nail in the center of each top where the knobs are going to go. Just carefully pry the nail in and wiggle it around till the hole is large enough for the screw to fit through.
Cut the scrapbook paper into strips the exact width of the sides of the tops. If your scrapbook paper strips don’t reach all the way around you may need to a cut small piece to fill in the gap.
If your boxes are covered with foil, remove it. Spray paint will not adhere very well to the foil and will peel off (as I unfortunately found out). Try to remove the foil and not the paper underneath. But don’t worry if you do, you can sand any rough edges with a fine sand paper.
Spray paint the outside of the canisters and tops and wait till completely dry. Give it a light sanding in between coats if needed.
Glue your strips of paper to the tops, add your knobs and glue on the labels below.
*Tip: Place the tops on the canisters before putting on the labels so they’ll look centered when the canisters are closed.
Here’s the download printable of the labels I used (you can add your own words to the empty ones if you like):
Click for the PDF: vanity storage labels
Although this project was a bit of a nightmare before I finally figured it out, I love how my new vintage bathroom storage canisters look. And for under $10 I can’t complain.
I now have somewhere pretty to store my toiletries that matches my decor.