new uses for old things: a soup and salad bowl

I had a traditional soap dish, but its outer coating flaked off and it left stains on my white tub.  I can’t have that.

So, I threw it away, and kept my eye out for a newer and better soap dish.   I never found one.

Then one day while I was hanging out in my bathroom trying to solve the soap dilemma,  I had a vision of a farmhouse washstand with a dark wood base made even lovelier by the contrast of a shiny white bowl and pitcher.

And in the flash of a lightbulb moment, I remembered the $2.00 Southern Living bowl mom bought me at Goodwill  (just because).


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I ran to the kitchen and pulled that lone white bowl out of the stack of my everyday gold bowls.

I bet those of you who are like me are picturing a stack of bowls with one mismatched bowl sticking out like a sore thumb. Someone might as well drag their fingernails across a chalkboard.   Am I right?

I brought the bowl into the bathroom and placed a fresh bar of soap in it.   What was once a mismatched, no where to really use it bowl has found it’s purpose.   And I love it.

It’s so rewarding to find new uses for old things.

See you in class,

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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

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  1. I love those “aha” moments!!! Great little bowl from Goodwill (love that place) and it’s perfect for your soap! Great job!!~~Angela

  2. Great idea…and yes…that is what I was picturing! Isn’t that what we all do and have….a stack of mismatched bowls? Great day to you! ;)

  3. Beautiful bowl for your soap dish. Better to shop the house before buying something new.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  4. It’s so pretty.
    I’m a little afraid it is going to get knocked off and break. Tell me it won’t.
    I worry. :0)

  5. Patt Butti says:

    Loved your idea…looks very nice. My Goodwill ventures always have supplied many different dishes for soap or trinkets…I have a variety of soap dispensers, Kleenex boxes..and soap dishes. Even in dishware, I found this darling oval one with koi fish on it. It doesn’t fit anywhere so far…but it’s on my counter looking adorable. I keep buying soap dispensers..but now I’m into that foam soap which is a special dispenser. I need uses for the dispensers now..hahahhahaha.

  6. LOL…so far so good.

  7. Thank you, Angela. I need both more aha moments and more trips to Goodwill.

  8. I love shopping the house. I almost always find what I’m looking for.

  9. That koi dish sounds lovely. I know you’ll find a use for it and for the dispensers!

  10. I can’t comment on the new use for old things cuz I read the braless in Walmart post right before this one and I’m still pondering if I have ever done that.

  11. LOL, Bliss. I’m just going to guess that you have. ;)

  12. Beautiful bowl for soap! LOVE it when we find the “perfect thing” around our own homes! Great picture too!

  13. Thank you, Yvonne!

  14. It looks like an antique! What a great solution!

    Happy day to you friend!

  15. I agree, and I’m loving the antique vibe!

  16. Your soap bowl is perfection. I just did something similar to this today. I needed something to stash my blog notes in so I put them in my Anthro berry basket. Much better than the plastic container I first considered!

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