Today we are excited to share our newest little addition in the kitchen. Introducing our palm and plate reusable soap dispensers! For as long as I can remember, we have just had random, branded bottles of soaps by our kitchen sink. Don’t get me wrong it does the job, but we love the idea of cutting out labeled bottles and containers from our home as much as possible. This idea originally dawned on us after reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Marie Kondo talks about turning your bottles around in your cabinets because the bold words and branding adds a cluttered look to your space. That’s when we realized how much we’d love to work in reusable containers when possible and create our own labels that fit in with our aesthetic and make us happy! It’s a small detail that makes our space feel more personal and well… homey : )
If you aren’t using a stencil, then just clean off your glass with alcohol and get painting! Create a design that will make you happy every time you’re at your kitchen sink. When you’re done painting, follow the curing directions according to your specific glass paint.
If you ARE using a stencil then the steps below may be of help to you!
1. Start by cleaning off your glass with the rubbing alcohol and a lint free cloth.
2. Place a piece of masking tape on the outside of the glass so that the top of it will line up with the bottom of your design.
3. Make a mark on the top of the tape where you’d like the middle of your design to be.
4. Attach the stencil to the back of a paintbrush and place a piece of tape so that you can stick the design to the inside of the bottle, facing out. (Not pictured: I also added two small pieces of tape to the upper corners.)
5. Slightly roll the stencil around the paintbrush so that it can slide through the bottle opening.
6. Line up the middle of the stencil with the middle of the masking tape on the bottle while matching the bottom of the text up with the top of the masking tape to make it as even as possible.
7. Once you have it lined up, hold your stencil up to the glass. With the end of another paintbrush press the tape up against the inside of the glass until it stays put.
8. Carefully trace your design with your paint brush or fine-tip paint bottle. (I made mine extra thick for an ultra textured look!) Of course you can also do a thin coat with a paint brush. For a more opaque look, be sure to do a few coats.
9. When your finished painting, remove stencils and tape.
10. Place bottles in a cold oven, then turn it on to 350 degrees for 1 hour. Then turn off the oven and allow the glass to fully cool off in the oven.
Note: If you are using a different type of paint, follow the directions written on the package!
11. You’re not supposed to use them for about 3 days in order to make sure they’re fully cured, but full disclosure: I carefully started using mine the next day and they turned out A-OK!
12. Now, fill up with hand and dish soaps of your choice!
Note: Some specialty grocery stores have soap fill stations. At Market of Choice in Bend, there is an area to fill up with a couple different types of Dr. Bronners (which is what we plan to do after we finish up the soap we already have in the kitchen).
We are so pleased with how these turned out! Having a pump for both of the soaps has been so practical for every day use. It also looks intentional and customized for our place : )
If you are looking for a little update around your kitchen sink, we hope you try this too!
Check out more of our at home DIY’s here.
~Kristen + Jake