This is a very versatile organizer that is handy in any room! With the added that bonus, that it is so cheap to build, you can afford one for every room in your home!
How to Build Bucket Organizer
- Miter saw
- Sandpaper and/or Sander
- Nail Gun and/or Hammer and Nails
- Handles/pulls (Optional)
- Paint and/0r Stain
- Paint brush
- Ikea Potting Tins
- (2) 1×2″ @ 4 1/4″
- (4) 1×2″ @ 14 1/4″
- (2) boards @ 5 3/4 x 5″ ( I used a 1×6″ and cut to the specified dimensions.)
Cost Break Down:
- (1) 1×2″ board (8′ long) $1
- (1) 1×6″ board $7 (Approx. Varies by location and quality. One board is enough for eight caddy’s!)
- (3) Tins $2.50 ($0.79 a piece )
- Hardware Varies ( I got mine from Lowes for less than $1 a piece!)
- Total= $12.50 ( Approximate,)
I made these organizers to accommodate Ikea Potting tins. They are are really sturdy compared to a lot of smaller pails I have seen around recently, please they are super cheap! You can find these in their plant section. They are technically considered “Plant Pots”.
( If you don’t have access to Ikea, these dimensions can certainly be reconfigured to accommodate other sizes.)
I first cut all my boards and then sanded before assembling. I used as dab of wood glue on all joints, and then reinforced with a 16 gauge 1.5″ nails.
After it was completely assembled, I filled the nail holes with a wood hole filler. Once the nail filler had completely dried, I then sanded it again. At this point I was ready to add stain and/or paint.
Once the organizer is dried you can add your handles (if desired) as well as your tins!
It works great in the kitchen as a utensil holder/organizer. It is perfect to add character to a counter top, or would be excellent for the occasional party/bbq. (We live in Florida and pretty much BBQ year round.)
How about the bathroom vanity !? This is what originally spurred this idea. I always hated things being on the counter top, but hated fishing around in the cabinets for the everyday essentials. This caddy was the perfect customizable solution.
Another thing I love about this design, is that is cute enough to be simply decorative! Add a couple of plants and you have an adorable stand alone decorative piece. Honestly, with different paint and hardware the possibilities are limitless! Seriously, you can easily adjust the measurements to accommodate any number of tins!
So, as you are battling the ongoing war of containing the clutter, give this a try. It just might be the solution you need in every room, and with the cost you can afford it!
Corey from Sawdust 2 Stitches
If you are headed to Ikea, you might want to check out these other Ikea Hacks