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Shampoo Solution

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If you don’t already think so, this post may convince you that I have officially gone off the deep end. And you know what, I don’t really blame you.
However, if you live in a ONE BATHROOM place, you may just see my point.
When you live in a ONE BATHROOM space, your bathroom sees far more traffic than it ever should. Yup, guests are using the same bathroom (only because it’s the ONLY bathroom) that you live in, you get ready in, you shower in, and you need to make work each and everyday. Not ideal.
If I had the leisure to have a separate bathroom for my guests, I’m sure this would be a different story. I would fill that bathroom with pretty basics that are simple, attractive and that’s probably all I would put in there. But guess what? When you have to function in this bathroom everyday, the basics are NOT going to cut it. Pretty bottles that are simple and attractive are far from reality. You need real and REAL is not always pretty & simple. Well, until now that is….
And that’s where these ugly shower bottles come in. When guests come over and use the same bathroom that we do on an everyday basis, I hate that the (exposed) shower is cluttered with bottles that are unattractive and disorganized.
I know, I know… I could just put them under the sink or in the linen closet when people stop by, but how annoying?! That’s when I decided to give these bottles a makeover. (Yup, and this is where I fall off the deep end.)
Project: Simplify & Prettify.
Step 1: Peel off the labels of each bottle (but don’t get them confused in the meantime).
Step 2: trace simple numbers on the bottles that indicate what bottle you should use FIRST and which you should use SECOND.
If you look closely, you can see the lightly traced number.
Outline your template and color each number in.
Before long, you are left with two bottles that are sleek, clean, simple and most importantly LESS cluttered!
When guests peek in your shower (cause yes, I know you do), they will see clean, simplified bottles.
As far as I’m concerned, this simplified look fits the feel of our bathroom far better. Plus, it’s super functional because now I don’t have to physically pick up the bottles to see which is shampoo and which is conditioner. I simply keep them in their places and pump each bottle accordingly, #1 first and #2 second. Go figure?
Lucky for me, the built in window blocks water from touching these bottles. I did a little experiment on another bottle and noticed that the permanent marker I used is NOT water resistant on this surface. So, if your bottles are going to come in contact with water, you may need to use a different tool to color in your labels. If you find one that is completely waterproof, let us know!! We’d love to share your findings with all of our fellow rookies.
So yes, I made over my shower bottles, and yes I plan to continue to use these containers over and over again, and yes, I may or may not have officially gone off the deep end. But hey, if I’m headed off the deep end… I hope there’s less clutter and more than one bathroom wherever I end up!
Any tips on waterproofing materials or what marker/paint may work better for this project?
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  1. Meredith

    Haha this is clever! I completely understand the one-bathroom thing; I always feel the need to compulsively clean/tidy/hide/rearrange my toiletries when guests come over. It’s amazing how re-vamping the bottles makes it look that much nicer!

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  1. Meredith

    Haha this is clever! I completely understand the one-bathroom thing; I always feel the need to compulsively clean/tidy/hide/rearrange my toiletries when guests come over. It’s amazing how re-vamping the bottles makes it look that much nicer!

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Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser

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Like most men, my dad is into “swill.”

Yep, we’re an Irish family and we definitely like to get our swill on.

Lately my dad is digging bourbon whiskey. Single malt, single barrel…I don’t really know much about the stuff…but I do know that he loves it! So I thought it would only be fitting that his Father’s Day gift reflects his drink of choice.

Consider this project a “DIY for a guy!”

Your first step will be to actually find and purchase the perfect bottle. Finn and I ventured to a local alcohol mecca (this place is legit huuuuge!) to try and find a cool-looking bottle.

Our must-haves? Not too large. Glass. Cool Design. We knew we would be taking the label off because when it gets wet (which it will because it is a soap dispenser!) the colors could run and it would be a mess. So we wanted the glass to say the name of the alcohol, instead of just the label.

We found this Captain Morgan bottle for Finn’s bathroom (he wanted in on the DIY action too!)
Captain Morgan Private Stock Bottle

After you find the right bottle. Drink the entire contents in one sitting. Then break out the power tools.

Goo Gone and captain morgan

Kidding. Just want to make sure you guys are following along. (We simply poured the rum into a separate decanter that we will slowly drink)

Once you have a clean and empty bottle, use goo gone to peel the label off of the glass bottle.

Empty Captain Morgan Bottle
Goo gone is like magic. That stuff works wonders!
Target Soap Dispenser

I then had to find a soap pump that fit the bottle. After doing some research, I concluded that many pumps are similar in size. I decided to go with this one, simply because it was on sale at Target and I liked the dark, shiny color.

In order to get the pump to stay in the bottle, you’ll need to use a cork.

I went with the cork that came with the original Captain bottle.

Knife and cork

I chopped off the pretty wood top.

Drilling hole through cork

And then drilled a large hole through the cork until it fit the pump.

Cork on soap pump

It took a little finagling to get it on there, but it ended up working out just fine.

Our guest bathroom now has enough soap to last a lifetime #seriouslythatthingishuge

I ended up using the purple soap dispenser (with no top) as a vase. Win, win!

The swords and text that reads “Captain Morgan” is very subtle on the glass. Which I really like! Way better than booze right in your face! Just a touch of manliness right?
While the rum bottle went into our own guest bathroom…I made a bourbon whiskey bottle for my dad.
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
Now I think this bottle is really cool!
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
I especially love how it says “bourbon whiskey” right on the front.
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
This unique soap dispenser makes a pretty awesome Father’s Day gift if I do say so myself!
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
A green bow was all this gift needed.
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Ah! I super love this idea! More than my mason jar one I have now…. looks like it’s time for another project 🙂

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  2. Damaged Goods Improv

    Thanks for the tips. I had been wanting to make one of these for a year an didn’t realize how simple it was until I ran across your site. I used some shalack on the labels so they would be water resistant and my guests could see the brand I prefer in case they want to buy more. I also found just the pump and straw mechanism at Bed Bath and Beyond for $3. No need to buy a whole soap dispenser. Thanks again! Drew from KY.

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  3. sam

    do you have a link on how to do that mason jar thing suspended in the bathroom holding your toothpaste and such?

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Ah! I super love this idea! More than my mason jar one I have now…. looks like it’s time for another project 🙂

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  2. Damaged Goods Improv

    Thanks for the tips. I had been wanting to make one of these for a year an didn’t realize how simple it was until I ran across your site. I used some shalack on the labels so they would be water resistant and my guests could see the brand I prefer in case they want to buy more. I also found just the pump and straw mechanism at Bed Bath and Beyond for $3. No need to buy a whole soap dispenser. Thanks again! Drew from KY.

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  3. sam

    do you have a link on how to do that mason jar thing suspended in the bathroom holding your toothpaste and such?

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