Farmhouse Bathroom Storage ~ Upcycling Fun

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It’s a common endeavor of mom’s across the world to find ways to add storage to their home, don’t you think? We love to be organized or at least have the appearance of such a goal. Having cute storage makes it even more fun. This pink bin may be a tad too cute. ahem. In order to free it from its Pepto Bismol state, I’m giving it a DIY makeover into some farmhouse bathroom storage.

Thrifted Pink Bin Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

First of all, bins are super handy, portable, and can hide our daily-grind necessities. I just may not want a bright pink bin in my bathroom. To remedy that, I begin by wiping down the surface with either a vinegar wash or rubbing alcohol. That preps this already painted piece so that I can paint.

Yes, PAINT. We love paint, don’t we? It can make a world of a difference in a few strokes. However, before I begin to paint, I also wanted to give this bin a little more stature. I dug into my stash and pulled out these four drawer knobs. They make great feet and are easy to add on. Oh, and I’ve created a video tutorial for you below for those that like more of a visual.

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Upcycled Dresser Knobs for Bin Feet | prodigalpieces.com

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Just use a bit of wood glue and let cure for a bit. It’s at this point I begin to giggle and call my kids into the room to see what looked to me like a pig gone belly up. ahahahaha!!

Attaching Knob Feet to Bin | prodigalpieces.com

Okay, now before you think I’ve lost it…ahem. The glue alone will not totally secure the feet, so I use my stapler to anchor them from the inside.

Stapling Knob Feet to Bin with Ryobi Stapler | prodigalpieces.com

Next, my farmhouse bathroom storage bin is going to get a complete facelift. I take it out and use my small spray shelter and turn table, along with two coats of a flat black paint. Just make sure to let the paint cure well between coats.

Spray Painting Farmhouse Bathroom Storage Bin | prodigalpieces.com

While my exterior paint is curing, I gave the interior a coat of a light gray using my Triangle Brush. This brush is awesome for knocking out corners inside cabinets, hutches, drawers, etc.

Painting Bin Interior with Triangle Zibra Paint Brush | prodigalpieces.com

Once my paint has cured, it’s time to create some texture. I’ve demonstrated in the video how I make my thin strips of low-tack tape. Since they don’t sell various widths to my liking, I make my own. tsk.

Using Frog Tape to Make Slats on Bin | prodigalpieces.com

I wanted a wide plank feel, so I just randomly chose the width. My goal is rustic, so exact spacing is not required.

Now for the fun part. If you missed my Winnie the Pooh play table makeover, it’s a must see to see how this graining tool works for stain too. I paint on my white paint first using my Stubby Brush.Painting Wood Slats on Farmhouse Storage Bin | prodigalpieces.com

Then, working quickly while the paint is still wet, I grab my graining tool. The key is to rock it back and forth while dragging it across the bin. The video shows the best demonstration for this.

How to Use the Wood Graining Tool to Make Faux Wood Planks | prodigalpieces.com

It’s best to work one direction, then flip the head of the tool and go the opposite direction to get the most realistic turnout. As soon as I make my passes on this side, I use the other tool with teeth to drag in a wiggly sort of way to make it look like my wood grain has aged and pulled open.

Using Wood Grain Texture Tool for Farmhouse Bathroom Storage Bin | prodigalpieces.com

I tell ya, this tool set is so fun!



Then, while the faux wood is curing, I create a graphic to apply to the side of my farmhouse bathroom storage bin. I used the same graphic as the one I used to create wall art in my bathroom. Keep in mind, at this point you can use this bin for any room in your home. You could create any text or even just leave it at faux wood. I’m a typography addict, so you know I had to.

I use my transfer method to get my design prepped using artist’s pastels.

DIY Transfer Method Using Artist's Pastels | prodigalpieces.com

Once it’s ready, I tape it on and use a colored pencil to trace the design.

Tracing Vintage Typography Graphic onto Bin | prodigalpieces.com

After that, I use my large and medium Sharpie markers to fill in the design. I do like to hand-paint most often. However, for the sake of keeping this simple, I chose the markers. You can see how I’ve used Sharpies on past projects HERE.

Using Sharpie Markers to Create Typography Design | prodigalpieces.com

Last, but not least, I added a bit of sisal rope to the handles with my hot glue gun. It creates a bit of texture and breaks up the black and white color scheme.

Adding Rope to Farmhouse Bathroom Storage Bin Handles | prodigalpieces.com

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Now our farmhouse storage bin is done and ready to work. If you can take a minute, I’d love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave me some feedback there too. Thank you!

Farmhouse Style Bathroom Bin Storage for Towels and TP | Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #bathroom #storage #home #homedecor #homedecorideas

Sisal Rope Handled Bin for Farmhouse Bathroom Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #farmhouse #home #homedecor #homedecorideas

We said so long PINK and hello fun farmhouse. Do you love it too?

DIY Storage Bin for Farmhouse Style Bathroom by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #shopping #homedecor #homedecorideas #vintage

DIY Farmhouse Towel Holder Bin by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #shopping #homedecor #homedecorideas #vintage

I got such a kick out of the fact that my daughter was just sitting talking to me and saw the bin. She asked a few questions then her jaw dropped when she realized there wasn’t slats on it. haha… Win for mama!

Vintage Style Bathroom Storage for Farmhouse Decor | Video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #bathroom #home #shopping #vintage #homedecor #homedecorideas

DIY Farmhouse Bathroom Towel Holder TP Holder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #shopping #farmhouse #homedecorideas #homedecor

While I would love to keep this for my bathroom, I already have an old freezer locker for my TP storage, so this is now available in my online shop.

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So tell me…would you have kept the pink? Or would you have done something completely different? Either way, I hope you are inspired and that you had fun reading about my crazy adventures.

Do pin and share my farmhouse bathroom storage idea. I know I’m not the only one that loves cute storage! πŸ™‚

DIY Farmhouse Bathroom Storage from a Thrifted Pink Bin | Video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #shopping #homedecor #videos #tutorial #homedecorideas

Create this faux wood farmhouse style storage bin using the video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor #vintage #handmade #homedecorideas

Up next, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I’ll be sharing what I do with this. Any guesses?

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19 Comments

  • Becky

    Pink is pretty… but your makeover is a liiiiitle more useful, haha! I think I bought your little bin’s oval-metal-tray-cousin last summer. My daughter argued in favor of the pink, but… It’s white with a gray stripe now. 😊
    Nice work!

    February 7, 2019 at 7:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is in the right shade…this one…hahaha… Thanks!

      February 7, 2019 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Frances

    Looks great! So much better.

    February 7, 2019 at 9:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I just couldn’t resist some farmhouse drama. haha! Thanks!

      February 7, 2019 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Tammy

    Another creative makeover, I’m impressed!

    February 7, 2019 at 9:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! So fun for me to hear, Tammy. Thank you! πŸ˜€

      February 7, 2019 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Linda

    The pink reminded me so much of my granddaughter! When she was little she picked out that ‘pepto busmal’ pink!!! LOL. We had a bookcase and a shelf painted in it!!!
    She loved it!! She’s grown now…and no longer cares for pepto pinkπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.
    Your bin looks wonderful!!!

    February 7, 2019 at 9:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Aww…so sweet! I love it! πŸ˜€ Thank you for the love, Linda.

      February 7, 2019 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Cate

    I LOVE pink and it’s been my favorite color since I was 3 years old! But, there are limits, and this one was good for going away. Love what you did with it, Larissa. Nicely done!

    February 7, 2019 at 11:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I do too! One of my faves, but this shade not so much. haha!

      February 7, 2019 at 12:34 pm Reply
  • Linda

    I don’t really understand how you could sell this piece! It is fabulous! What a great, creative idea! It turned out amazing! Now I will drive myself crazy seeking a wood piece similar to this………OR, it just occurred to me, I could make it like Larissa!

    February 7, 2019 at 11:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…you’re so fun! Thank you! You have made my day, Linda.

      February 7, 2019 at 12:34 pm Reply
  • Paula

    So much more than “just a coat of paint”! It’s a work of art! That graining tool looks fun! I LOVE the feet!!!

    February 7, 2019 at 12:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You got what I was after. Thanks so much!

      February 7, 2019 at 12:35 pm Reply
  • Tess Stephenson

    Great transformation. Love the new feet! So much better than the pink!

    February 7, 2019 at 3:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Little piggy had to go buh-bye. haha! Thanks so much!

      February 7, 2019 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • Evelyn

    Ok, I think I commented that the pink was a cute color on IG–but I didn’t realize that was the before picπŸ˜„ (I can’t read apparently πŸ˜‰ and it was cute but this is such a complete up-do–it looks fantastic!

    February 7, 2019 at 7:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…you’re too cute! I had fun either way. πŸ˜€

      February 7, 2019 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Kristina Austin

    I love this transformation and I’m a pink lover! I especially love the graining tool effect and how you made the simple lines to make it look like it has slats. I would never have thought to do that with tape, brilliant!

    February 16, 2019 at 10:32 pm Reply
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