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DIY Bathroom Organizer: complete

DIY Bathroom Counter Organizer

July 26, 2016 Sarah Coggins

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Real life isn’t a page out of a glossy magazine or from an image on Pinterest. Real life, at least in this house, often equals overlooked messes as other priorities take precedence. Which, until recently, included the master bathroom counter.

simple DIY Wooden Bathroom Counter Organizer

Our days are busy. My husband has work. My son has school and homework. My daughter & I have play dates, library story time, errands, and gym time – all squeezed in in the mornings so we can be home for nap time and bus pick up. I appreciate any opportunity to accomplish a little more in those precious early hours of the day.

One of our stops every other week for that reason is BJ’s Wholesale. I can grab several of our family essentials in larger packaging such as the new SCOTT® 1100 Bath Tissue. The 100 extra sheets per roll is like getting 3 extra rolls per pack (or one more roll for each of our bathrooms) every time I shop. We’ve entered the days of potty training again so this is a huge deal. Toddlers don’t respect the proper amount of squares to use. More is always more fun.

SCOTT®1000 Bath Tissue at BJ's Wholesale #Scott100More #ad

For me, more savings is more fun. I know that I’m already saving money with the bulk pricing at BJ’s Wholesale. I saved even further on this 36 roll package by combining the SCOTT® coupon in the Fall 2016 BJ’s Member Journal (see page 17) with a printable coupon available at (search ‘Scott’ under Brands to locate it quickly. Expires 7/31/16).

Now that I’ve saved time and money stocking up on SCOTT® coupon at BJ’s Wholesale, I can put my focus back to other things that need it. Like that mess in my master bathroom. Often at least 3 of the 4 of us are using the space in some capacity throughout the day. Bits of this and that collect on the counter including hair products, lotions, makeup, contact lens supplies, etc. Even the kids’ toothbrushes sometime migrate from their bathroom to ours.

Master Bathroom Counter: before

Wanting to gain control over this bit of bathroom real estate, and make my life easier when it’s time to clean (who wants to move all that stuff repeatedly to wipe down a counter and then just mess it up again?), I envisioned a simple organizer. Nothing fancy. Just beautiful, dark stained wood and containment for our clutter – the useful, daily bits of bathroom clutter we truly need on the counter, that is.

DIY Bathroom Organizer: complete

I started with a deep breath. A last look and quick “goodbye” to our mess. Here’s how to create your own:


  • (1) 1x4x6′-0″ pine board
  • (1) 1x6x6′-0″ pine board
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler (optional)
  • Nails
  • Nail gun (optional)
  • Nail setter (optional)
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Sanding block or sand paper
  • Soft rag (an old t-shirt torn up works great)
  • Stain or paint
  • Safety glasses


Step 1 Determine the width of your space. For our counter, we have just over 2 feet clear between our sinks. I chose to build our organizer to 24″ wide and all wood measurements in this tutorial are based on that dimension. If you’d like to make yours longer, just add the appropriate length to the amount of wood you purchase and cuts listed in Step 2.

Step 2 Use a saw to cut (2) 24″ and (2) 5-1/2″ long pieces from the 1×4 board. Cut (1) 22-1/2″ long piece from the 1×6 board. Sand cut edges as needed.

** Don’t forget to wear your safety glasses! **

DIY Bathroom Organizer: wood cuts

Step 3 Add wood glue along one short end of the 1×6 piece. Attach one of the 5-1/2″ long 1×4 pieces. Hold firmly in place and use nails to secure. I used a nail gun to speed up the process, but you can use a hammer as well. A setting tool is helpful to get the nail heads flush with the surface. Repeat for opposite end.

DIY Bathroom Organizer: wood glue application

Step 4 Add wood glue along exposed edges of bottom and end pieces. Place one of the 24″ long 1×4 pieces so it lines up. Hold firmly in place and use nails to secure. Repeat for opposite side. You will now have a wood box.

DIY Bathroom Organizer: box constructed

Step 5 Sand all edges and exposed wood faces. I personally like the edges and corners a little softer so I ran the sand block over them as well. Wipe off dust with a soft, dry cloth.

Step 6 Fill any gaps, if desired, with wood filler. Press into gaps and smooth over using a putty knife. Allow to dry fully. Then sand. Use a soft rag to wipe away any excess dust afterward.

DIY Bathroom Organizer: use wood filler on any gaps

Step 7 Stain or paint to finish organizer box. I chose a dark stain for ours – Minwax Espresso.

DIY Bathroom Organizer: staining

Step 8 Allow to dry fully. Then position on counter and refill with necessary toiletries.

DIY Bathroom Organizer: complete

Doesn’t that look a thousand times better? What I love is that this is simple and easy to customize to the right size for any counter, and it will help keep our essentials corralled versus all over the counter. Now when something is out and doesn’t fit, I know it needs to be returned to wherever it belongs (under one of the sinks, in our closet, to the kids’ bathroom, etc).

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With my counter now clean & tidy, and our family well stocked on bath tissue, I have time freed up for my next DIY project. This one was so simple, I think I might make a second, smaller organizer box for the back of our toilet – perfect for storing an extra roll or two of SCOTT® 1100 Bath Tissue so it’s ready when we need it.

What are you going to do with the time you’ve saved?

Find more ideas to refresh your bathroom HERE and don’t forget to grab your SCOTT® coupon! (expires 7/31/16)

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  • Laura July 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm
    This is so cool!! I want to make some of these for my scrapbook area. I may just have to try it!
    • Sarah Coggins July 28, 2016 at 7:51 pm
      Thanks! They really are very simple to make and you can easily size to fit any space. We're loving this. Finally our counter is staying clean & tidy!
  • Carrie @huppiemama July 27, 2016 at 7:37 am
    My kids' bathroom is organized due to a recent makeover, but my bathroom is a disaster. I really could use a container like this to keep all of those random bathroom items together. #client
    • Sarah Coggins July 28, 2016 at 7:52 pm
      We've only been using it for a week, but it's made a huge difference. Everything goes back in it's specific spot now. Funny how easily we clean up the kids' bathrooms but ignore our own. Glad I'm not alone in that!
  • Kathy July 29, 2016 at 8:48 am
    Don't you need some polyurethane to seal and protect the wood? Maybe I miised something. Was there poly in the stain?
    • Sarah Coggins August 4, 2016 at 8:33 am
      You definitely can add polyurethane after the stain has dried. I chose not to.
  • Allison Barrett Carter August 3, 2016 at 7:59 pm
    How did you get to be so crafty!? ;) This is so cool and it looks beautiful, too.
    • Sarah Coggins August 4, 2016 at 8:35 am
      Ha! You know me well enough to know I have a problem. The "must make all the things" problem. If only there were enough hours in the day (and money in my wallet!) for all the ideas in my head. :) And, thanks! Super simple project, but has made a huge impact on our bathroom. We're really loving it AND still have a clear counter in front of it - crazy! I should have made this 2 years ago.
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