I have been thinking about DIY makeup storage for awhile. A few days ago I picked up some old silver-plated sugar & creamer containers at (where else?) Goodwill and I had an idea.
If you’re a thrifter, I know you’ve seen them. They’re everywhere because they’re tarnished & often missing their lids, and most people won’t buy them because they aren’t pure silver. Some are worth a little money, depending upon who made them and how ornate they are. The ones I grabbed had seen better days.
Clean up your silverplate
Wipe down the tarnished silverplate, but definitely don’t clean it to the point that you have no tarnish left. The dark areas will give the finished product some added character.
I am so obsessed lately with pretty patinas and beautiful aqua colors. I can’t get enough.
I dabbed some nice green on one of my pieces, and on the other I used a pale turquoise. When they dried, I distressed them a little with some fine grit sandpaper.
The one with the green needed some more depth, so to create a patina that might look like it had been found on a beach somewhere, I used a little deep gold ink and a little dark turquoise on top of the paint. Then I kind of “smudged it” a bit.
They needed to be embellished, naturally! I always have lots of broken, vintage jewelry and I thought an earring would be super cute. I chose one and hot-glued it on the sugar bowl, and for the other I decided to use some rhinestone tape.
I’m really tickled with these. The colors make me happy. I also love that I can store my mascara, lip glosses & brushes in them. (My makeup is always such a jumbled up mess.)
These are so simple and easy to make. The next time you see some silver-plated sugar or creamer dishes at a thrift store or yard sale, pick them up and get creative. You’ll have your own sweet DIY makeup storage in no time!