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!
- 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
Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!
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.
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
Using our favorite glossy white spray paint, we got to work.
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.
Next, we decided that a black Sharpie marker was the best way to achieve the detail features of enamel.
The black marker was applied to the handle and to the rim of the top and bottom of the pail.
Next we used sticky-backed stencils to spell out “SOAP” on one side of the pail.
Again we used our trusty Sharpie to fill in the letters. Extra care was used to not have any bleed-through on the letters.
Look at how great this turned out!
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.
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.
The detailing on the lids is amazing!
Our faux enamel soap dish will look great in the guest bathroom.
Not bad for a .05 cent investment 🙂
Thanks so much for following along!
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!
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
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!
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.
2 words: mind blown! You have opened a whole new world to me. Thank you!
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
Amazing! How do you gals ever sleep with all those creative ideas spinning around in your heads?! 😊
This looks great! I can’t believe how real it looks. Pinned!
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!!
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!
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.
I adore everything about this. What a fantastic idea.
Brilliant use of sharpie. It looks perfect – so real.
I pin this!
Wow, you did good. I love this idea and how easy to do.
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.
This looks fabulous! What a great deal at a nickle. =) I wouldn’t have ever thought of using a sharpie, but it worked great.
JeanneeThat looks so legit! You two are very talented with that sharpie! I thought the bucket was vintage till I read the post! Nice!!!!
sorry, the page jumped and placed my name at beginning rather than end….wish i could edit.
Oh how adorable! I do believe I have a little bucket at home in my stash. I’m definitely going to have to make one.
Oh. My. Gosh. This is amazing!! I am going to be tracking down all the random little buckets for our bathrooms now – seriously genius!!
Wow, I can’t believe it is the same pail!! It seems a real enamel one!!
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.
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!
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!