One of the things that drives me bananas about my house (that I have complained about before) is the craptastic cabinetry used throughout. I have tried to make some of them look a little more custom and less ghetto by painting them. 

Click here to see the downstairs bath vanity

Click here to see the kitchen cabinet makeover

What is worse than craptastic cabinetry? The bathroom vanity cabinets have no drawers in them!  What is up with that?  A man must have thought of that design since they have like three hygiene products. DRIVES.ME.CRAZY!IMG_1415 I have tried to remedy that a little by placing plastic drawers under the vanity and adding sink tip-out trays.


It helps a tad but we can’t help but have hygiene and beauty products on top of the vanity.  The scattered, cluttered look needs to go!

So I went to my local Goodwill in search of an inexpensive option for displaying storing my beauty products and found all this brassiness…

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On all of the brass pieces I used my Dremel 4000 to scuff up the intricate details and creases on it.  Then I sanded it with my 3M Sandblaster Pad, sprayed it with Rustoleum’s Clean Metal Primer and then sprayed it with Krylon’s Brushed Metallic Finish in Satin Nickel.IMG_1823Wahla! Classy, inexpensive, and perfect storage…

IMG_1831 IMG_1832Next up I transformed a brass candlestick and a brass bowl by  adding a little Gorilla Glue Epoxy and glued the two pieces together.  Holy bananas that stuff is strong!  Have you tried that stuff?



Perfect storage for hair doodads, bath bombs and my drugs 🙂 IMG_1833 Last up is a little brass container that I accidentally have no before shot of.

IMG_1835 IMG_1834All of this was $4 at my local Goodwill.  I had all the other supplies on hand.

Don’t overlook the section of brass in your local Goodwill.  Try to look beyond the brass and look at the shape instead.  See what you can pair up to make a cake stand, a cupcake pedestal, a cloche, etc. 

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  1. Looks great! I really like the paint. I am going to have to get some to try it on a project.

  2. ohhhh my! those painted items look fabulous! I love them! great job.

    now… where did I put that paint?


  3. Hi! I'm new to your blog (I found it on and I love it!!! Oh my gosh you are sooooo super duper creative!!! I love the "brassy to sassy" redo!!! They are sooooo cute!! You have totally inspired me!!! Thanks for sharing!!!


  4. At some point we will be remodeling our master bath and I am designing the vanity that will be made by a custom cabinet maker.

    I've been seriously considering just how much stuff do we need to have in it.

    I have a shelf for extra supplies downstairs (my mini Walmart) so that really helps.

  5. great idea…I have the same problem…I guess I need to start looking for some brass!

  6. Again dieing here…love this idea! So cute!
    And I love your paragraph where you talk about what you used, it's like your a doctor talking all medical language!! 🙂 And craptastic? Love that word!! 🙂

  7. You are right about not overlooking that stuff! I saw what they looked like when you first bought them and was… freaked a bit. Ha!

    But, after wards, all of the pieces look fabulous and I love the finish you gave them!

    Great job!

  8. Everything looks better in a container! I love what your dremel did to the finish on those. My husband has an old one somewhere. Think I'd better track it down!

  9. I totally know what you mean by a man must have built this…I have no closets in my house…obviously if a woman built it, there would be massive storage space. Anyway. I love the objects and paint you used ~ this turned out great 🙂

  10. That spray paint is AWESOME! Wouldn't even know what the before looked like and I'm so bad at polishing – now I can just spray!

  11. great job! …Amazing what a session of spray paint therepy can produce! I hopped over from Kara's. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I made some fabric flower necklaces. until later…

  12. Perfect! I love spraying brass items from the thrift store too. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

  13. What a great idea! We have no drawers, either, but don't have the top faux drawer to tip out either! I've been looking to do that in my kitchen, though, and have only found expensive kits online. Where did you get the trays and hardware?

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