Monday, April 23, 2012

Shower Caddy Save!

Here is a great example of Staying Frugal -  Keep what you already own in Top Condition and you won't have to spend your Bottom Dollar! You see, my shower caddy was looking a little worn:

Rusty & Grimy!  Yuck!
The "Old Me" wouldn't have thought for a second about dumping it and running out to the store for a new one.  But, not now - it is large and perfect for our shower and I think I spent around $20.00 for it.

Enter the solution:

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A quick scrub and a spray of Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint, and I now have this fabulous, fashionable shower caddy:


Side Note: Have you noticed that for some reason any accessory that is Oil Rubbed Bronze is somehow more expensive than their Chrome or White counterparts?  Well, I say this spray paint is the solution to get the same look for pennies!


The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Fake Oil Rubbed Bronze Shower Caddy:  (Caddy $0, Spray Paint $4.49)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $4.49 (with plenty of spray leftover for other projects)

Compare to New Oil Rubbed Bronze Shower Caddy (at Target):  $23.99

Total Fake-It Savings:  $19.50

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27 comments:

  1. Amazing what a little revamping will do! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  2. Thanks for the tip. How many of us have that same problem and don't want to spend a lot for a new one. Great tip.

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  3. Good save! I was a tosser at one time and I really love saving stuff and reducing my spending and impact on the earth!

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  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! I was just pondering my rusty shower caddy in the shower this morning, wondering if I could spray paint it. Glad to know I can!

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  5. Cheaper AND looks 4 million times better than the old one did new! ;)

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  6. So clever - I love re-vamping things. My husband loves the swiffer wetjet, but it's so expensive. So a while back the velcro strips which hold the pads on came off - he was ready to throw it out. But I was too frugal to spend another $16 for a new one. So I bought velcro from the fabric store for $1.97 (with stickers on the back) and replaced it. Total savings about $14 . . . I also learned how to replace the "juice" for a fraction of the price and have switched to using old cloth diapers instead of the expensive pads :-)

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  7. Love the look! I plan on buying some of this spray paint to paint over some bathroom accessories I have instead of buying new ones.

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  8. Love this! I have the same caddy, though mine was "pewter" or something. It got cruddy pretty quick. I'm absolutely trying this.

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  9. I love faking anytime I can save $. Love your ideas!

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  10. I never would have thought of spray painting something for the shower! What a great idea!

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  11. yes. I just threw the same caddy in the TRASH! running out to dig it out! o my goodness! :) thank you for sharing!

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  12. zomg we use the same conditioner! dollar tree ftw! lol

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  13. great idea!!! My shower caddy is sooo bad and I already have a can of hammered copper paint from another project!!

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  14. I bought a brand new metal shower caddy a couple of months ago and it's already looking rusty (we have a water softener so maybe the salt in the water?). This is the perfect solution and it really looks classy. Thanks!

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  15. Where did you find the spray paint? The one in the picture looks like black paint?

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    1. Got it at Lowes- yeah, the rubbed bronze comes out pretty dark.

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  16. Awesome! I was just about to throw mine out because it looks horrible! We have thrown out so many that get rusty! Thanks!

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  17. Hi,

    I followed you over from Chic & Crafty Link Party. This is a great idea. I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. (Runs through Monday each week)

    Have a great day,
    Michelle

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  18. I love this idea! Did you spray paint the suction cups, as well?

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    1. Haha! Yes, I got lazy and spray pained the whole darn thing. The paint didn't effect the suction cups at all (surprisingly)- they stick as normal.

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  19. I have a shower caddy just like yours. I plan to paint it red to use in my craft room. Or, I could line each basket with moss and plant petunias in it? Still deciding. Good thinking on your caddy!

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  20. Yay for Rustoleum metallic finishes! I love that stuff! Great save!

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  21. We just bought that same spray paint for our ugly white porch lights...I think I just added a project to the honey-do list :)

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  22. Did you use anything in particular to do the "scrubbing" of the shower caddy? Mine is disgusting, between the rust and the dried on soap bits... LOL.

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  23. I know this thread is a year old, but I thought I'd comment for anyone who, like me, is searching for a solution to their rusty caddy and found this page.
    I actually just bought some Rustoleum spray paint(from Lowe's) to use on my caddy and wanted to share that I got the paint and primer-in-one instead of the type suggested, which is just the top coat(if you have rust, you should prime it). The paint and primer-in-one is a bit more expensive, but you can spray it directly over the rust! Hope this helps someone! :D

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    1. Yes! Exactly what I wanted to know!

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    2. Yes! Exactly what I wanted to know!

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