DIY Vintage Bathroom Storage Canisters

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diy vintage bathroom canisters

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:

supplies for bathroom canisters

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.

The How-To:

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.

making nail hole for bathroom canisters

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.

glueing strips to canisters

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.

closeup diy vintage canisters

*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

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.

diy bathroom canisters diy vintage bathroom canisters on vanity

vintage bathroom canisters

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DIY Vintage Bathroom Storage Canisters — 32 Comments

  1. VERY cute! Thank you for sharing the lables. I’m in the process of redoing my bathroom and this will be perfect in it.

  2. Jacky, these are just amazing ! what a great transformation…thank you so much for taking the time to share…I’ll be pinning this to our HAPPY HOUR linky board…xo

  3. okay…. I have been meaning to make my bathroom canisters personalize FOREVER. You may have just inspired me! I love the knobs that you used as the tops and really I just can’t believe how cool the entire transformation is! You ROCK! Thank you for linking up at Happy Hour!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  4. So cute! Thanks for sharing the idea and the labels. Wish I were better with a computer. I’d love to have some other ones but don’t know how to make them. What font did you use? It’s really attractive.

    • Hi Rita. The font is called Niagara Engraved. It was the one that most closesly resembled the letters on the knobs. They have that font in Microsoft word, if not you can probably search for it online. Hope that helps 🙂

  5. You could have just shared the awesome finished project, but instead you shared some great tips that you learned along the way. So glad you persevered because they look great!

  6. This is an amazing idea and they came out soooooooo cute. Love it! This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. 🙂


  7. You would never know those are cardboard! fabulous transformation…sorry about the glitches along the way. I’m glad you didn’t give up, so totally worth the trouble! I have some of those knobs…hmmmm

  8. These were so worth it, they are adorable! They have a real clean look to them, and love the labels. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  9. Totally COOL!!! LOVE the canisters!! They turned out beautiful!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  10. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! I really love the look & i appreciate knowing others dont get it right on the first try… Its really an awesome feeling when an idea comes out in real life like you envisioned it in your head.

  11. These are awesome! You did such a great job. What a clever recycle. I saw them posted at Madigan Made and I had to check them out. Love them!


  12. Hi Jacky,
    Fabulous transformation. You are very talented. I’m now following you and look forward to catching up on your posts. I hope you’ll stop by and say hello to me at

    visiting via Madigan Made

  13. This would work well with garage sale kitchen canisters also. Just add a label made from the computer and you can google pictures if you need them!