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It is always fun to find something on the curb that you can reuse. It is even more exciting when that something solves a dilemma that drives you crazy. My bath stuff was strewn all over my bathroom floor because I didn’t have a system in place to keep it organized. Now I have a perfect place to store magazines, bubble bath, bath bombs, loofah, and my foot razor thing-a-ba-bob.


Today’s project started out as Roadkill.   Yes, I know you see why someone threw this away.   It is altogether hideous. I am sorry if this is yours and you hand painted it.   Forgive me for my frank analysis. But someone must have hated it also since they threw it away. Just sayin.


I liked the shape and knew it was just the perfect size for my bath products.   I LOVES taking bubble baths and perusing the latest Pottery Barn or Ballard Designs catalog.   However, they end up all over my bathroom floor because I have no place for them.   We needed to fix that.

I lightly sanded the duckies and the rest of the caddy with 120 grit sandpaper and then I primed and painted it.   For the paint, I mixed Glidden Smoky Charcoal with Behr’s Pearlesent Medium.


It looked much better but it still needed more. Remembering all the good truths in Mandie’s e-books I decided to keep going with distressing and glazing.

After I distressed it a bit, I mixed some glaze with some Deco Art Metallic Silver paint and glazed it with that.   Then I added some black acrylic paint to my glaze and glazed it again.   It gave it the perfect depth of color I was going for.


I decided to use my Silhouette and add some premium white vinyl to the side of the caddy using the words, “Restore, Revive, Refresh, Renew, Rejuvenate.”   Those words truly describe how I feel about this little luxury of life.


Then I added all the things to the caddy that make a bath luxurious.




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  1. I am the one who hand painted the ducks… actually I was trying to paint geese. I guess I failed big time..

    I kid, but wouldn't it be crazy if I was the one who painted it? BTW nice makeover.

  2. Loving your blog! I just started my own blog with my fantastic crystal and shell bottle art. I'd love it if you could stop by, and if you like them, follow! 🙂 Off to read more! xoxo, The Crystal Crate.

  3. Oh man that is so crazy! Talk about so incredibly late 1970's/1980's. Yep I remember making something similar in woodshop (they were ALL the rage!!) You did a great job of repurposing something that hideous! (man did i hate it when we were supposed to paint cutesie stuff in art…. I was a CHROME girl, even back then!!)

  4. Love it! Great job on the re-do.

    PS…What man would want a toolbox covered with geese? LOL!

  5. Ok… so since you use this Silhouette machine in almost everything you do lately, and I've seen it a billion times everywhere else I am thinking it's time to save my pennies. : )

  6. Oooh, my. I remember when geese were the height of the decorating craze. My mom had a bunch of geesy decor. 😉

    I much prefer your take on the "tool box." Great job…love the color and the wording on the front. 🙂

  7. This is a great project and it would make a super DIY gift basket for a new mother, a young bride, a young woman going away to college, etc. Anyone with a little extra stress on her side could benefit and it's so much more personal than a prepackaged scented lotion set.

  8. one day, i, too, shall be able to take bubble baths… sigh. and when i do, i hope i can find a hidden gem on the roadside to turn into a bath caddy too. 🙂

  9. I remember these we did the same thing with them in the 90's it's so funny how new it seems to everyone. Mine was painted white than aged used for toliet paper and such…this ones cute too!

    FYI- Baby chick Easter quilt giveaway begins tomorrow at my blog, pop on over you just might win!

  10. I just stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and just got a chance to really check it out……I love it!! I also love that we both live in Indy and when you mention stores- they are where I shop! I will check back frequently! You have great ideas… creative! Keep it up 🙂

  11. I absolutely love it !! totally something i’d put together ! are the letters stickers? or did something write those on there 🙂 either way it looks like something you’d buy from pottery barn ! love it !

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