The Great Soap Makeover || painted soap pump

So, is there any way I can make this look better?


You betcha! Check this out!!


(Look familiar? Yup, I’m on a vinyl tangent at the moment. Check out the knife block post for more deets on vinyl.)

Yes, I know, I know. It’s totally awesome. Don’t hate!

I’m gonna show you how you can make your own. YOU CAN DO IT. This project is EASY.


First: Wash the bottle out really well (I pored the soap into a little dish while I was prepping this craft). Also, use some Goo-Gone to remove all the stickers.

Second: Find something for them to sit on while you spray paint. Liquid Children’s Tylenol and a bottle of Pepto-Bismol pills works great but isn’t mandatory. πŸ™‚


Third: Spray paint using paint for PLASTIC stuff.


Is my paint setup looking familier? Yes, this project dates back to my When Bad Ideas Happen to Good People post. Oops.


So I wasn’t lovin’ the solid black look so once they were painted with the plastic paint I added a coat of regular ORB (not made specifically for plastic). I had tape around the top so if you look closely you can see the difference that ORB makes. The top is NOT with ORB, the bottom part IS. Kapish?!


Also, I wasn’t feelin’ the solid blackish ORB look either so I used a brownish metallic for the top pump part. It’s hard to tell but the pump and the base are two slightly different colors. It gives just enough contrast.

And now, another tutorial on how to apply vinyl letters.


From L to R: Remove staples. Trim off about a 1/4β€³ of the backing. Position your letter exactly where you want it. It should stick at the bottom where you removed a section of the backing (I do this with bumper stickers too. It helps to get it placed perfectly w/o bubbles).


From L to R: Get the vinyl positioned exactly where you want it. Slowly roll the backing off the sticker as you smooth the sticker onto your surface. Once it’s applied smooth it out really well with a scraper. Now Slowly peel off the top sticker layer revealing only the vinyl.

It is that easy!



Now go and craft something great and show me your results!!

Do you recognize that little glass jar with the jelly beans? It’s from my Keepin’ Myself Busy post. A little dishwasher action and now it’s an adorable little candy jar… that is until I think of some cool craft for it.

And just for fun, I <3 vinyl!


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  1. seriously, this looks amazing!!

    I found you via FF and am following. I’m also bookmarking you LOVE this.

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  2. Super-cute, Allison!!! Love your craft ideas!

  3. I’m blown away by this one. It had never occurred to me to be bothered by my ugly dish soap dispenser, but now it is going to drive me crazy until I have fixed it, like you did. You made me aware of a project I didn’t even know I needed, now I can’t live without πŸ™‚

  4. SO fun!… you know this already, but I LOVE it! πŸ™‚
    Very creative, girl!!!

  5. Good grief. That is SO CLEVER!!! But tell me please, what is this ORB you speak of? It looks like such a cool texture! I’ve got three bottles uglying up my sink (dish detergent, lotion, soap), I need to give them this treatment!

  6. wow you are genius. haha. my soap dispenser looks so bad. i used to have a cute glass one but it wouldn’t work for the foam dispensers like my hubby likes right now. i might have to try this out……you are one clever lady thanks for the tips! πŸ™‚

  7. Looks very classy and chic.

  8. I officially love you! Just when I think I have seen everything. I have been thinking the same thing, what could I do to make my kitchen soap dispenser look good. I am going to have to try this:)

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! I just might have to steal that idea. Looks great!

  10. you did a fantastic job – love it!

  11. I’ll bet it holds up well. I love this, just like I loved your knife block project! I must get some initial letters. I definitely want to do this to my bathroom soap dispensers ~ bring them up a notch from their plastic-ness!

  12. Wow, I love the outcome. That paint is awesome!

  13. I adore this….I will definitely be borrowing this idea.

  14. You are scary! I hate looking at my soap bottle too but I think to hide it not paint it!!!!! But I do have a spare can of spraypaint in the laundry room right now ….

  15. Fabulous! Spray paint and a vinyl decal can create magic!

  16. fabulous, now something must be done to my Dawn bottle!!

  17. Oh! Spray paint for plastic….now I know what I did wrong! Love your soap makeover!

  18. Wow girl – that looks much better than my nasty ole bottle of soap! Thanks for the great idea! Please come plant your creative seeds at my blog party on Friday “Plant a Punkin Seed at Punkin Seed Productions”.

    Punkin Seed Productions

  19. Love this!!! It looks so much better than the plain old soap bottle.

  20. Okay, I am really trying not to hate you! lol! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!

  21. Now that is a *fabulous* idea!! Love it! I wonder if it will hold up… I might have to give this a try! πŸ™‚

  22. OMG it so cool!!!! I will try it soon, Thank you for sharing the cool idea.

  23. That is SO awesome and looks soooo great!

  24. You are too crafty! I LOVE it! Wanna come makeover my house? πŸ™‚

  25. NO WAY! This is perfect! I have always rolled my eyes at how tacky my foamer is – all bright in my warm colored kitchen.

  26. I am seriously loving your new soap dish! WOW! Be blessed. Cindy

  27. I started laughing when I saw what you did with it! Nothing is safe in your house! Great project!

  28. Whoa, that is so nice. I love the matching monograms!

    Thanks for linking this up as well!

  29. That is such a great idea! I just started my blog and it’s all about cleaning. This would be a fantastic tip to share with my readers. I may just have to link to you! Love it!

  30. Just found your blog ~ so glad I did! Great idea…can you please come to my house??? πŸ˜‰

  31. Looks great! How does the plastic spray paint hold up to water?

  32. I have that very same soap dispenser @ my sink. I would have never thought to paint it. Very clever!!

  33. Where to you get the vinyls? I have to order online.

  34. @Carolyn I hope it holds up! So far so good. I’ve washed it off several times and it’s been great.

  35. Wow. I love ORB spray paint, too, though I only discovered it a week ago! I posted about what I sprayed, too- a light fixture, brass lamp, and plastic trash can.

  36. You are really good with the spray paint!! All your ideas are really clever and thrifty…love them all. Thank you for sharing and bringing your hodgepodge to my party. I love seeing what you are up to. Hope to see you again.

  37. I LOVE this! Being a mom of a large family my kitchen soap dispenser gets ALOT of handling…How do you think this will hold up to that? I’ve got a can of ORB just waiting to be sprayed….:O)

  38. Oh my Gracious! You are freakin’ brilliant! ADORABLE!

  39. What a great idea!

  40. How creative! You’ve made such run of the mill trinkets absolute must haves. Love this!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS #24!
    FJ Donna

  41. ❓

    Ok, I really like this idea, but how durable is it? I want to try this, but if it isn’t gonna last…
    won’t the paint wash off after a while?

    I am not too familiar with paint for plastic-
    that is why the questions.

    Yours looks really nice and the fact that it matches your knife block.. Cool!

    these would make cute gift ideas —

    BUT… let us see it in a month, will you?

  42. Total coolness..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another wonderful party!!

    Please stop by next week I am having guest over each day and I would love for you to tell them HI!

  43. So stylish!!!!!!

    m ^..^

  44. What a great idea! I keep my soap underneath the sink because the bottle is so ugly, this is a much better alternative!

    Kat πŸ™‚

  45. Unbelievable! Way cool!

  46. Now that is an idea I never would have thought of. It looks great!

  47. You’re just too creative! Be sure to stop by AtticMag this week for a Giveaway!

  48. Oh my gosh – what a great, great idea! Those things are ugly and you’ve made it look gorgeous! Who knew?!


  49. Oh, you’re good! These look great and so elegant!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  50. OH MY!!!! I am so in love with this. And yes, I do hate just a wee bit for not being as ingenious as you with this awesome idea! I am so doing this tomorrow!!!

  51. Lady, this is one cool idea! I always want to buy those pump soaps but they are so ugly I don’t want to have it by my sink all the time! You’ve cured that now!

    Thank you!

  52. This looks great! I just want to let you know that I did this to my soap dispenser and it lasted so like a year until I got a different one. Happy Easter!

  53. What a super fantastic idea!!! Thanks for sharing.

  54. This is now on the to-do list!!

  55. I’ve got to admit – this is genius! GENIUS! Very cool! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚ Hope you can stop by when you get a chance!

  56. OMG! You are BRILLIANT! I might me getting me some of this paint soon!

  57. Allison,

    What a creative, clever girl you are! Thanks for sharing a project I will soon be doing!

  58. WOW! What a FANTASTIC idea! I am definitely going to try this. You are a genius! Who would have thought to do this to a soap pump? You are smart!!
    Best regards,

  59. I love the soap container redo!!! Very ingenious.

  60. okay, that’s pretty cool.
    great thinkin’!

  61. This is so cool! I just did a makeover on some plastic tubs and was not aware that they made paint for plastic. I so wish I had known that. Your soap bottle looks very chic!!

  62. Just wanted you to know that I featured you on my blog! Grab the button!

  63. OMG. You mean I’ve been reusing a not so pretty plastic liquid soap pump in my bathroom when I could have something like this?! *logs off to find plastic spray paint*

  64. No hate. All L-O-ve!!!

  65. That does it! I have to go get some Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint first thing tomorrow! You are too clever and your site is just loaded with fun ideas. Love the soap pump and knife block projects.

  66. loves it, gotta get me some of that spray paint! super-inspiring πŸ™‚

  67. Once again, please insert a link to the Boardwalk Bragfest. Thank you.

  68. I love it–really so much better. Too bad the people that make these everyday products haven’t figured out that we want pretty. Luckily you are ingenious enough to make it work!

  69. Ya, but then what would I have to blog about?! πŸ˜‰ don’t encourage the corporate giants!! Hahaha

  70. This is such a great transformation. Makes your kitchen look that much more elegant. I want to do this now! I am featuring this as part of the Spring has Sprung Party at Fun to Craft. Come by and snag a featured button. Thanks for sharing it!!

  71. Okay, now that makes the kitchen necessary stuff goes WOW! Great job. Love it. I am going to have to try this but I don’t have an empty container just a new one. Great job.

  72. We’ve “tagged” your Great Soap Makeover as one of Our Favorite Thingz! Head on over to check it out!

  73. What a GREAT idea!!!

  74. What a smart idea. No more high dollar soap bottles for me!

  75. Super cute! I have to make one.

  76. Seriously loving this! What a great! I that that every think looks better with ORB!

  77. Wow, that looks great! Thanks for joining my Flaunt it Friday party at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating. Without you my party numbers would be kinda pitiful. Thanks!

  78. This is VERY well done. I equally can’t stand these ugly dishsoap containers and something MUST BE DONE.

    I’m kind of against spray paint (environmental concerns)… however, the look you managed to create is awesome.

    Now I’m challenged…. whoo hoo

  79. THAT IS SOOO COOL! I love the idea

  80. Well crap. I’m smitten. And I was thisssss close to backing away from the Silhouette machine and letting is rest for a while. Thanks!

  81. Well crap. I’m smitten. And I was thisssss close to backing away from the Silhouette machine and finally letting it rest.

  82. I love this too! So cute! Whenever I look at your site it makes me want to spray paint everything in my house ORB! I might have to try this….. but one question. Are you really spray painting in your kitchen?? On your granite countertops? Ahh you are so brave! πŸ™‚

  83. I just have to know…Did the paint last?? I use the same foaming pump soap, and would LOVE to do this!!! But, oh! All the effort if it doesn’t last! πŸ™‚ Also–where did you purchase your vinyl letters? With the staples in it, I am wondering if you can purchase them from a craft store? Even typing that sounds like a silly question. But, I have just never noticed them there. I have thought you could only special order online, or from a friend who sells that stuff…

    I LOVE your crafty projects!!! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  84. I did this today and it came out wonderfully! I didn’t have vinyl so I print the letter on white paper, cut it out, and Mod Podged it to the soap dispenser…easy and quick! Thanks so much!!!

  85. Wow!!! This is sooo amazing!!! I’m gonna have to try this!!! Love your blog!!!!

  86. That is genius! Love it and I may just try it some day!

  87. Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  88. I know this is the wrong place to post this but I found 2 Rodney White artwork at Craigslist..Vancouver, BC. Thought you might be interested, they are wonderful!

  89. It’s been a few months… how’s the paint holding up?

  90. Love this project! I’m thinking of making seasonal ones for our half bathroom using my Cricut to cut out leaves, snowflakes, flowers, etc out of vinyl! Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know where to find your project!

  91. Genius!!! Thanks for sharing!

  92. This is great!! I really like the soap container that I had for Halloween -with a jack-0-lantern & all… I have been wanting to change it -thanks for the awesome idea. πŸ™‚

  93. Doing my part to right the Pinterest world. I deleted the pin I had before and reposted with your credit! Thanks!

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  95. Beautiful! I’m gonna give it a whirl too. I will say, though, that we have reused these bottles (un-beautified, just took off the stickers) for handsoap and “foamy bath soap” for the kids, and the bottles themselves didn’t hold up as well as I would have hoped.

    Still, even if it holds up “only” for a dozen refills, it’s worth it just ’cause it looks sooo good!

  96. I made the spray painted soap containers. Turned out cute, but could have been better. They were a little messy for my taste. Here’s the picture.

  97. I did something similar to this last week, but to my mis-matched bathroom set. Love Rustoleum’s metallic oil-rubbed bronze!

  98. I just saw this exact identical picture on a facebook page called Totally High Maintenance. I believe she is stealing bloggers DIY craft pictures and using them to sell her version of these items in her Etsy shop. Maybe something to check into….

  99. Gillian Luce says:

    What a great idea painting a regular soap dispenserI love how easy it looks and what a huge difference it makes. Looks so customized! πŸ˜‰

  100. Crafty!!! AWESOME

  101. You are made of awesome and so is your blog. So many wonderful projects I have now.

    Thank you for sharing.

  102. What size of vinyl letters did you use?

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  104. What does ORB stand for?

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  111. Love this. I do have two questions though. Is the block for your knives wood or plastic? I have a wood one and would like to do the same thing. Also where can I find the letters? Any arts and crafts store should have them right?

    • The block is wood. As for the letters, I ordered mine online from a vinyl shop, but I’ve seen them at craft stores. Or you can buy a stencil and just paint the letter on.

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  114. How do you get your paint to not bubble? I tried the rustoleum on two different bottles, and it bubbled on both of them. It was not a “dawn’ container, it was a “method” container and another one from the dollar store. All of it bubbled.. It is such a great idea!!!!

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