I don’t know about you, but we have suntan lotion and bug spray all over the place. I took an ugly and sad container and upcycled it into this adorable bug spray and suntan lotion container. It’s got a little nautical vibe to it, and is a fun way to keep all of your summer products in one place.
I don’t know what it is, but the uglier, dirtier, and sadder the item is, the more I want to rescue it and turn it into something fabulous. The only problem – I’m a crafting clutz. I wasn’t born with the craft gene. But here’s the good news… if I can make something like this, then you can too!
Yep… so this was my muse. She’s a beauty, ain’t she?!?!?
White spray paint
Navy blue spray paint
White acrylic paint
Navy blue acrylic paint
Paint tape or washi tape
One of those spongey/foamy things with the circle top to make your polka dots
1. Clean out the container if it’s dirty.
2. Use a drop cloth for your work so you don’t get paint where it shouldn’t be!
3. Spray navy blue on the inside using several thin coats.
4. Once the navy is saturated to your liking, flip the container over and do the same with white paint on the outside.
5. Here is where it gets fun. I used a reverse farmhouse stripe. I mapped it out on paper first, where the stripes should be, and then marked it with the various widths of painter and washi tape. You will be painting blue paint over the white, and where the tape covers will remain white. Clear as mud, eh?
6. Paint the open stripes navy blue with the acrylic paint. Again, using several thin coats to apply.
7. Once the navy paint is dry, use the circle sponge brush thingy and make white polka dots using the acrylic white paint. Be careful to not use too much paint at once or it will drip. Not that anything like that happened to me!!!!!
8. If you are a crafting clutz like I am… be prepared for some touch up. I used the white paint for the outside, but the inside was a little trickier. I ended up spraying the navy blue spray paint in a lid and then touching it up that way. The only downside is that since it’s not water soluble, you will need to discard the lid and paint brush after using.
9. If you look closely, you can still see the touch up… but it’s good enough for me!
10. Last but not least, use the foam stickers to spell out “suntan” and “bug spray.”
TA DA!!!!! Here it is. We have a little stand by the back door for our Crocs and it’s also where we hang our summer pool towels. It’s the perfect spot to hold suntan lotion and bug spray for when we go outside. Oh and PS – Stepson’s Crocs are now the same size as mine…
We are all set to be safe in the sun! One side says, “suntan”…
… and the other side says “bug spray.”
It’s so cute… the kids might even remember to use it without being reminded. HA – who am I kidding LOL!
Love, hugs, and it’s summer time, summer time, sum-sum-summer time!