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DIY Bathroom Storage {for around $5}

I’m in the midst of a bathroom mini-renovation (more on that later this week). But, due to every local hardware store being out of apparently everything, I couldn’t work on the bathroom over the weekend.  On the bright side, that delay gave me the opportunity to work on a few accent pieces, one of which is this storage box.

DIY bathroom storage bin from So Pretty is as Pretty Does

It all started when I saw this plain wooden crate at Michael’s for $4.99. I liked the simple construction and knew it would fit perfectly on my windowsill.

Plain box

It took all of 20 minutes to paint the frame white with an acrylic paint, including drying time.

Box painted white

Next, I used adhesive stencils. I couldn’t find mine online, but this pack is similar. They’re incredibly convenient for small surfaces when there isn’t much room for tape.

Applied Stencils
Then, I painted the letters using some gold paint I had leftover from a dresser I updated a while back. I had to do two rounds of stenciling since I don’t have any duplicate letters.

Painted stencils

I’m notoriously impatient when it comes to drying times, so I tried giving them a solid ten minutes to dry and it ended up being about seven. As soon as I saw the lettering sans stencils, it was just too cluttered, so I painted over the “floss” text with two coats of white paint to give it better balance.

Next, the burlap accent.

With burlap supplies

I cut a strip of burlap about 1″ longer than the box and hot glued it to the inside of the frame.

With burlap

Finally, I filled it with a few things nice to have close at hand.

Bathroom Storage Box

{hand towels, lotion + a mason jar filled with cotton swabs}

This whole project took a little over an hour to complete. As far as cost is concerned, the crate was $5 and the roll of burlap was $6, but I didn’t buy the burlap for this project specifically, so I’m not figuring its cost into this. (Moments like this make me think I’d be a terrible accountant.) I also used paint and stencils that I already owned, so that kept my cost down. But, if I went out and got all new materials, I’d guess this project would cost between $25 – $30 – stencils being the major cost.

If you’d like to make this storage box for your bathroom, here’s everything you’ll need (in list form):


  • Storage crate
  • Base paint
  • Accent paint
  • Burlap (or other fabric, cheesecloth could be very pretty and airy)


  • Hot glue gun
  • Stencils
  • Paint brushes (one bigger, one smaller)
  • Scissors
  • Mason jar


Happy crafting!

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ola #

    This looks fabulous! It wouldn’t match my bathroom decor, but the shape of the crate itself gave me a great idea: this would fill my whole bathroom window sill and it’s great storage space, so I’m going to look for something in a similar shape and dimensions!

    June 18, 2013
  2. I love looking at your ideas 🙂

    June 24, 2013

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