Project Organize: Bathroom Odds’N’Ends

by Kelsey Norwood

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We painted our bathroom and did a little revamping, and I finally decided that having my makeup and hair accessories in little wicker baskets wasn’t the neatest of solutions.

A Sterilite drawer organizer isn’t the most beautiful solution, but it is much more organized and clean feeling, so I made the switch.

Only I didn’t want all my goods visible from the front. It’s not unsightly, but still. I wanted it out of sight.

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Much better!

Here’s how to make your own Makeup Drawer Organizer with Vinyl Stickers to Cover Up Your Goodies. You’ll need:

  • one drawer organizer (Sterilite, Walmart, $8.67ish but it has 5 drawers instead of 3, and I need ever one of them)
  • white vinyl (got mine at Roberts where they now sell it by the foot love that)
  • paper cutter
  • ruler

1. Measure the drawer front – if you get the Sterilite kind your vinyl pieces should be 1 3/8″ x 6 1/4″.

2. Cut 5 pieces of vinyl.

3. Adhere to the outside front of each drawer. I tried doing it on the inside first, don’t know WHY or what I was thinking, on the outside is much easier and better.

I was about 2 seconds from making some labels with my label maker but decided against it. I like the very uniform white look and I’m not sure what I would label some of them – fingernail polish/razor/fingernail files? Seems a bit hefty.

So blank it is.

And I think I like it that way.

I bought another of the 3 drawer variety to set atop my dresser for my jewelry collection. I hang most of my earrings and necklaces from that wall mounted jewelry organizer I made a while ago, but the post earrings and bracelets were still problematic. Now everything is in a nice and neat little drawer and not covering the entire top of my dresser.

Too bad I gave a few of these drawer organizers to DI a few months ago in a fit of purging. I HATE rebuying something I just decided I didn’t need…Oh well, it felt good at the time.


1 Kimberly R June 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

Great idea – love the clean look of the vinyl. I agree trying to make a label for some items might be a bit challenging. Thanks for sharing your organizational tip – can never have too many of those.

2 beth June 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

I also store my make-up in one of these and the vinyl tags sure will look better! Thanks so much for the tip! PS I keep a magic eraser nearby to clean up any stains because it is perfect for plastic !

3 Kathy June 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Ooh! That looks awesome! My make-up currently spills over the top of my make-up bag. This is a great way to keep it all organized and neat looking. I also like the idea of using the drawers for jewelry. My costume jewelry is currently laying haphazardly on the outside of my jewelry box b/c it doesn’t fit inside! Thanks so much!!

4 Anita MacCutcheon June 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Hi,I came up with a idea for labels,cut out cute pictures of the different items Hair brush or curling iron,for Hair items,Nail polish or a nailfile for manicure implements,and so on there are all cute stickers out at the scrapbook supply.This gives you information and can be decorative.

5 Cheryl Allison June 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Brilliant! My bathroom is being remodeled this week, and I have been worried about all the extra drawer and cabinet space I’m losing in order to fit in a wider tub. A Sterilite will save the day! I never thought about using them for this purpose because I don’t like my stuff visible, but the vinyl solves that problem. I have several rolls of contact paper. Is that the same as vinyl?

6 Some Lucky Dog June 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I have Sterlite drawers all over my house, including 6 6-drawer units full of stamps in my craft room! I used a pretty paper and put them inside the drawers to hide the contents. It looks good, but I think what you did with the vinyl is awesome. It’s so neat and clean looking…another thing for my to do list, thanks!

7 Jaymi June 24, 2011 at 9:06 am

Another great idea would be to find some decorative scrapbook paper to put on the inside to match your bathroom instead of just the plain white. Any color would do, or even a pattern!! you can also use the sticky vinyl that stores sell in different colors for kids to use as book covers. IT comes in small rolls with all kinds of colors to personalize it a little more! Great idea though!!!

8 Pam Pike August 28, 2011 at 5:50 am

Great uses of the vinyl stickers. I never would have thought to do this. I have a similar cabinet in my sewing room which is wonderful for storing items inside but you just can’t put much weight on the top. When you do it prevents the top drawer from opening.

9 Sherri Waggoner April 11, 2015 at 12:25 pm

You can also use pretty fabric and mod podge it to the front of your drawers.

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