I’m all for repurposing items that are thifted, break, or simply no longer serve their original purpose. Keep reading to see how I turned marble soap dispensers into beautiful reed diffusers that make unique bath decor features.
While Black Friday shopping for the first time last November, I splurged on several marble bath decor pieces. A couple of those items – a pair of soap dispensers – didn’t have as long of a lifespan as I’d hoped. I knew the marble would hold up just fine overtime, but the dispenser tops started to rust after about a month or so and no longer worked smoothly. After throwing out the tops of the soap dispensers, I knew I wanted to keep the marble bottoms. Finally, a creative idea stuck.
I love reed diffusers and thought one would look great as a bathroom decor piece. All I needed for this project was a bit of white paint, diffuser fragrance oil and reeds. Simple. Here’s the full breakdown of what I did to turn rusted soap dispensers into unique reed diffusers…
- I had to scrub and scrape all the rust off of the rims on the base of the dispensers. Yuck.
- Then, I painted the rims with about three coats of a white acrylic craft paint, which I bought at Michael’s. I tried to coat the metal as completely as possible.
- Next, I filled the dispensers with a fragrance oil from The Aromatherapy Co. purchased at TJ Maxx for about $10 USD. It smells amazing, seriously. (Click the link to learn more about the scent I chose!)
- For the finishing touch, I artfully placed the reeds (also purchased at TJ Maxx) into the base of the piece. Ta-da! My DIY reed diffusers are complete.
This was a sweet and short project, and I am happy with the result. (And glad I found a way to repurpose this beautiful marble.)
Let me know what you think or if you’ve done a similar project in the comments below. Get your DIY on!