Brilliant Battery Storage Idea

Each month I’m taking on a common organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I’m here to prove that organizing doesn’t always have to be expensive. All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling all those indivdiual batteries with a

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It’s gets better …. I’m not alone in this challenge! Pairing up with 19 other talented ladies, we’re bringing you our monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!

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Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main
Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Sherry | Savvy Apron

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled inspiration!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

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Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Instructions

I was on the hunt for the perfect silverware holder at Goodwill last weekend and believe it or not THIS was it! Although it’s not quite a looker right now, it will be getting quite the makeover. This silverware holder was DISGUSTING! I mean completely gross. So the first step for me was to give it a really good scrub. Soap and water worked wonders.

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

There were some pretty gross velvet coverings both in the inside of each tray AND on the back. Obviously that had to go. It just took a fork and a little tug for the mess to be GONE! I then did one more scrub with a damp rag just to get all the dirt out. And then I thoroughly washed my hands 🙂 .

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Once dry, I did a quick and light sanding all around. No need to go crazy with the sand paper. One quick sanding is enough to give the spray paint something to grip on to. After sanding make sure to wipe down the silverware holder to ensure all the dust is out BEFORE moving on to the spray paint.

Now I’m a HUGE fan of spray paint. It’s without a doubt my favorite DIY home decor supply. The transformation it can do on a less-than-stunning item is amazing. If you’ve never spray painted home items before, take a look at my top 10 tips to spray paint success before moving on. You’ll be a pro in no time!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

If you notice in the photo above, there’s some remnants of that ugly velvet lining. That small part just wouldn’t come off so I left it on. I didn’t panick because although you can still see it now even after we spray painted, once the scrapbook paper lining goes down it will disappear!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Using my colorful scrapbook paper, I cut out lining for each of the trays. There’s no magic formula that will make this easy (unfortunately!), but my paper cutter seriously came in handy. Through trial and error I slowly cut thin strips off my lining to get the absolute perfect fit.

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

I attached scrapbooking tape to the corners of each paper liner. Regular tape will probably work great as well. I really just wanted to ensure the corners are taped down so that they don’t fray once inside the silverware holder.

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Now on to my favorite part …. labeling. I’ve never seen an item that couldn’t use a label. For this project, I whipped out my Epson portable label maker. Best. Organizing. Tool. EVER. For me it’s been totally worth the investment as it incorporates two of my favorite things: labels & my iphone. I can create the labels directly through an app on my iphone. GENIUS. Just last week I shared TWO organizing projects that both needed labels: 5 minute decorative binder clips & a portable medical binder.

Regardless of what label making tool you use, you’ll want a black ink with clear labels for each of your battery types. I created labels for my most common types of batteries AND a “Misc” for those one offs (aka – a watch battery).

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Make sure to place your label at the top of each tray so when you fill the tray full of batteries your label is still visible.

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Now all your have to do is fill up the trays with all your batteries!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!
Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

May you NEVER have to search for a battery again!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!

 

 

 

 

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17 Comments

  1. July 21, 2016 / 7:12 am

    This upcycle is so clever. My family would love if I made this for our home so that they would not have to dig through the battery box. You made it pretty too!

  2. July 21, 2016 / 7:43 am

    What a clever idea! I love this, it came out so cute.

  3. July 21, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Love this idea for battery organization! I always throw them in my “junk drawer” & end up losing them so this would be awesome!

  4. July 21, 2016 / 9:04 am

    What a fantastic idea! I have batteries rolling around in drawers all over the house! Love the glossy pink finish 🙂

    • Lindsay @ Crazy Organized
      July 27, 2016 / 9:47 am

      thanks so much 🙂

  5. July 21, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Great idea! I’m adding this to my organizing to-do list!

  6. July 21, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    Such a good idea to have batteries organized and in one spot. I do the same and it makes it so much easier when you need batteries.

  7. July 21, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    What a fabulous idea for battery organization. Ours are all piled into one bin which we have to dig through. Now I know what we’ll be doing instead! I like your colors and especially the polka dots.

    • Lindsay @ Crazy Organized
      July 27, 2016 / 9:48 am

      Thanks so much!!

  8. July 21, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    This is perfect. So much better than throwing the batteries in a drawer or having them scattered all over. And how stylish the new battery holder looks.

    • Lindsay @ Crazy Organized
      July 27, 2016 / 9:45 am

      Awww thanks dear!

  9. July 22, 2016 / 12:49 am

    Love your idea so much!! I have a box full of batteries but it’s more difficult to find what I am looking for. With your tray you have anything at sight, genius! Love the color and the paper you chose too.

    • Lindsay @ Crazy Organized
      July 27, 2016 / 9:46 am

      Aww thanks so much!!

  10. July 22, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    What a great idea! I always see these trays at thrift stores and will be picking some up next time for this project!

    • Lindsay @ Crazy Organized
      July 27, 2016 / 9:45 am

      Thanks so much 🙂

  11. July 29, 2016 / 8:04 am

    This is SO smart! We have batteries in random drawers, and I never know what we have on hand. I will definitely be making a battery drawer like this!

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