What’s on My Vanity?

For years, I’ve wanted my very own, real live vanity tray.  Like the one I bought Mrs. Hardy, my first grade teacher, for Christmas.

So, I’ve waited and waited to find the perfect tray.  Then, one day recently, as I was taking down a picture that I no longer wanted, it dawned on me that I could repurpose it as a vanity tray.

I quickly filled it with shared essentials like hand soap, lotion and wash cloths, as well as  a few products I can’t live without, like make up brushes and body spray.

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I could replace the print inside the frame with a mirror, but I like seeing the design peeking through.

Tip: to get stubborn lotion or soap to come out of the dispenser, push the dispenser down

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then, cover the opening with your thumb as you let the dispenser back up.  Repeat until soap dispenses.

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This process pushes out air and pulls the soap up into the dispenser.

See you in class,

Mrs. Hines


  1. Great tip! I didn’t know that — I would always just unscrew the lid and turn the jar upside down and beat it on my palm until the lotion came out. I like your way better! Ha!

  2. I like this re-purposed idea! I like the idea of leaving the print in the frame – and it could be changed out to complement a holiday or a season of the year. Thanks for the dispenser tip! ~M

  3. Great idea for a vanity tray- I have a frame that I was experimenting with and then didn’t know what to do with it. This is a great solution. Oh, and love the tip- I had no idea! 🙂

  4. Oh that always frustrates me and I usually ended up throwing the thing away. Thanks for the tip, I can save some money now! And I love the idea of using the frame for a tray.
    Debbie 🙂

  5. Well…how smart are you?!! Thanks for the tip! ~Tammy

  6. I learned this trick when I bought a Dispenser for the shower. Invaluable tip!

  7. Saving money is a good thing!

  8. I can’t wait to see what you decide to do with your frame.

  9. I like your idea to change out the print seasonally. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. I wish I was that smart! I got the tip from the instructions/directions on my shower Dispenser.

  11. Song Bolin says:

    I have been searching for the perfect soap dispenser and I see that you have it! Can you please tell me where I can buy one?

  12. Brilliant! I love a good tip! Thank you so much!

  13. You can find these soap dispensers at Target. They come in different colors, too.

  14. I love a good tip, too. I think I might be a tip junkie. 😉

  15. Song Bolin says:

    Thank you so much!

  16. GREAT tip, and I also love the idea of using a picture as a vanity tray! Thanks!!!!

  17. I love those pumps! where did you get them?

    Thank you for a great tip!!!

  18. Hi Evi. The pump bottles came from Target.

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