Thursday, February 17, 2011

distressed "catch-all" dish tutorial...

use a thrifted wooden dish to make a lovely "catch-all" for your dresser, nightstand, or entry table!

my side of the dresser was a mess.
here is photographic evidence...

you might be thinking, "it's easy for a dresser top to get cluttered if you don't have proper storage."

well, here's another view...

notice the convenient necklace hooks and the 5 jewelry boxes?
i. am. ridiculous.

it is apparently much too difficult to put things away in various storage spaces, so i decided to consolidate.

now less-frequently used items go in the little drawers, while my wedding bands and favorite sets of earrings go in this cute little "catch-all" dish when i take them off at night.

here's how to make one of your own...

wooden dish
craft paint
paper embellishment (i cut mine on my cricut) or small stencil
mod podge or other decoupage glue

this particular dish was made in the philippines, sold at a tourist trap in hawaii, donated to deseret industries, then purchased by me.  it's acadia wood and cost me one whole dollar.  i'm pretty sure it's supposed to be a napkin holder?  anyway, go to the thrift store and buy whatever little wooden dish tickles your fancy.

bring it home, wipe off any grime, then lightly sand to rough up the finish.  clean off the dust and don't fret over any scratches...we're going for a distressed look anyway.

next, paint using the color of your choice.  only use one thin coat, allowing streaks and brushstrokes to remain.  go untangle your jumble of necklaces while it dries.  (and hang them up, for goodness sake! and dust while you're at it, too...)

when it's dry, use sandpaper to further distress the paint to your liking. clean off any debris.

now, attach your paper embellishment using mod podge.  i spread a thin coat on my dish and on the back of my paper, stuck it in place, then mod podged over the whole dish.  (you could also paint your design on.  just allow it to dry, then seal the entire dish with the mod podge .)

just let it dry, and you're done!

now, go tame your jewelry...
or keys...
or spare change...
or whatever else clutters your life!


  1. Very crafty! I really like the paper embellishment you chose.

  2. newest follower! i looooove this!

  3. Found you at Tatertots... omgosh - have a wooden dish that is gathering dust! I am totally going to paint it! Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Hi, Love your store! I want to ware all of you accessories! : )

  5. My dresser looks just like that. I have my eye on a really big jewelry case, but my hubby is afraid he will have to fill it (hehe). Love the tray. Great idea.

  6. I ADORE this cute little plate :) thanks so much for the idea!

  7. Great idea and love the finished dish, so pretty :)

  8. I came from Tatertots and Jello--I love this idea! And you executed it so beautifully! Great job!

  9. stopping by from TT&J and now following

  10. Cute! Don't feel jewelry stash looks like that all the time;o)

  11. Very pretty! Love all your necklaces too :)


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