Small Things That Make a Big Difference-Budget Decorating

This is a very simple before and after, but sometimes the small things make such a big difference. Let me show you what I mean.

You can see in the before photo that I’m using the original package soap dispenser in the kitchen.  It’s not bad, but as you can tell from the photo, the kitchen is visible from the front door.

In the past, I tried one of those olive oil bottle soap dispensers, but the spout just didn’t work well.  So, I’ve been looking for another alternative ever since.  I thought about making a canning jar soap dispenser, but I think that look would work better in my bathrooms.

Then, on one of my shopping trips to Ross, I found just what I was looking for.

I love the way the colors and the sunflower work with the decor.  Now the sink area doesn’t look so utilitarian when you walk in the front door, and the view from the kitchen is pretty too.

So, for less than $5 and the amount of time it took to add the soap to the new dispenser, I got a new look.  As my mom would say, “I’m just tickled to death.”  Wait, is that a good thing?  Well, she says like it’s a good thing, so we’ll go with it.

Until next time,


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  1. I hear ya girl…I am all about the little things in life. I love this!

  2. We just did that recently with the guest bath! The kitchen is next on the list — just looking for the right dispenser. (I love Ross and Marshalls for that kind of thing too — you never know what you’re going to find!)

  3. It’ always the little things that do the trick!

  4. Thanks debbie! I hesitated to post this because it is such a small thing. I’m glad you like it and thanks for the comment.
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  5. I love going into those stores. You’re right, you never know what you are going to find. I usually get pretty lucky.
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  6. I agree Kim. I’m such a detail person that I really get a lot of satisfaction when the small things come together.
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  7. Lovely change….little things do make a difference.

  8. Nice. All big things begin with small things 🙂 Its amazing what things you can find in storel like those! Great choice.


  9. Love this. You are right it’s the perfect thing. I need to do this in my powder room. Adding it to my list!

  10. Just a simple change sometimes makes a big difference.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

  11. I love that fact, Audrey. Hope all is well with you. xo
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  12. Sharon, Even a small change such as this makes such a difference! I keep my dish soap in a green glass bottle with a pouring spout near my sink. The hand soap is in a decorative one that I found at Home Goods. Your sunflower design dispenser really does the trick here. 🙂 Thanks for your well wishes- this vertigo has never lasted 3 weeks before. Yuk……

  13. Three weeks is an awfully long time. I pray you get immediate relief.

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