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Faux Enamel Soap Dish – Thrift Store Upcycle

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It’s time for another installment of the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! We think that this is probably the least expensive makeover/transformation we have ever done! We created a faux enamel soap dish from an Easter pail!

Once again we have teamed up with our talented blogger friends. You won’t believe the creativity this month – mind blowing!

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Havalah | Sisters, What
Chelsea | Making Manzanita    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented
Kim | Farmhouse Made    Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sara | Twelve on Main
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Jeanie | Create & Babble    Michelle | Michelle James Designs

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Faux Enamel Soap Dish. Before and After

Let’s get started!

Being that the Easter holiday has just passed there were lots of donated items at the thrift store. This sweet Easter pail was only .05 cents…that’s right, just a nickel. We think this must have originally been from a dollar store.

Faux Enamel Soap Dish. Metal Easter bucket is transformed to a enamel soap dish.

We immediately knew what we wanted to create when we saw this pail. Antique enamel and enamelware items are very pricey – but we knew that this was the perfect piece to try and recreate the look.


  • Metal Pail
  • Glossy White Spray Paint
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Sticky Backed Letter Stencil
  • Tarp

Using our favorite glossy white spray paint, we got to work.

Easy Lamp Makeover with Spray Paint. l

After just two light coats of spray paint, we achieved the look that we wanted. Remember when using spray paint it is best to use a light hand. You don’t want to end up with any drips or bubbles.

Faux Enamel Soap Dish. Spray two light coats of gloss paint.

Next, we decided that a black Sharpie marker was the best way to achieve the detail features of enamel.

Faux Enamel Soap Dish. Black Sharpie marker is perfect to create the faux enamel look.

The black marker was applied to the handle and to the rim of the top and bottom of the pail.

Faux Enamel Soap Dish. Use a Sharpie marker to create the lines for faux enamel look.

Next we used sticky-backed stencils to spell out “SOAP” on one side of the pail.

Faux Enamel Soap Dish. Use stencil to create soap design.

Again we used our trusty Sharpie to fill in the letters. Extra care was used to not have any bleed-through on the letters.

Faux Enamel Soap Dish. Faux enamelware is easy to do.

Look at how great this turned out!

Faux Enamel Soap Dish. Easy DIY enamel look.

We filled the pail with our favorite soaps. Do y’all remember when we made the scented bee soaps? We recently made a new batch to use as gifts.

Faux Enamel Soap Dish. Antique apothecary jars.

Vintage apothecary jars are a favorite collectible of ours. We were super fortunate to purchase these several years ago while in London on a special vacation. They were purchased in Notting Hill at the Portobello Market.

Faux Enamel Soap Dish.

The detailing on the lids is amazing!

Faux Enamel Soap Dish. DIY enamelware.


Faux Enamel Soap Dish. Inexpensive way to get the look of real enamelware.

Our faux enamel soap dish will look great in the guest bathroom.

Faux Enamel Soap Dish. Faux enamel looks vintage.

Not bad for a .05 cent investment 🙂

Faux Enamel Soap Dish. Before and After pail

Thanks so much for following along!

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And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


  1. This is totally blowing my mind ladies, omg, it doesn’t even look like the same pail! Very creative…love…love…love…you guys are on fiya! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Adorable! This I will be copying for sure! I have never seen sticky backed stencils before. I will have to be on the look-out for them!

  3. Love this idea! And that you made it with Sharpie (and not some fancy vinyl machine). Great way to display pretty soaps. Visiting from Thrift Store Challenge.

  4. 2 words: mind blown! You have opened a whole new world to me. Thank you!

  5. I absolutely love the look of enamelware, but since it’s become popular it’s also become more expensive! This is a great idea. Love those bee soaps, too! xo Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home

  6. Amazing! How do you gals ever sleep with all those creative ideas spinning around in your heads?! 😊

  7. Oh my gosh, this is so stinkin’ cute! I will look at metal buckets at the thrift store with new eyes! Love love love. Have a great weekend friends!!

  8. Wow! When I first saw the picture in the link I thought you had found the enamel pail and just added the word “soap” on it. I am amazed at the before and after. You guys did good! It is so simple and yet so brilliant! I have some small metal buckets that need a little help!

  9. Wow, wow, wow! I would have never thought that this was an Easter pail. Totally love the new look and I think I have a few of those that could use this makeover.

  10. I adore everything about this. What a fantastic idea.

  11. You are kidding me!?!? This looks absolutely adorable and I have so many little pails in my craft stash. Thanks for the inspiration. Love this.

  12. This looks fabulous! What a great deal at a nickle. =) I wouldn’t have ever thought of using a sharpie, but it worked great.

  13. Amazing!
    JeanneeThat looks so legit! You two are very talented with that sharpie! I thought the bucket was vintage till I read the post! Nice!!!!

  14. sorry, the page jumped and placed my name at beginning rather than end….wish i could edit.

  15. Oh. My. Gosh. This is amazing!! I am going to be tracking down all the random little buckets for our bathrooms now – seriously genius!!

  16. Wow, I can’t believe it is the same pail!! It seems a real enamel one!!

  17. I just think this is brilliant! I LOVE enamel, but it’s so pricey. This is a smart way to get the look for less.

  18. I would have never thought to turn this little pail into a soap dish!! So creative! I just love it & the little soaps are adorable!

  19. Oh this is adorable! I’ve got the perfect spot for this in our master bathroom.

    Awesome use of a black Sharpie!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    {BIG hugs}

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