Something came to me very, very clearly not too long ago. I was at somebody else’s house when it struck. An awful kind of ill that you don’t want to happen let alone have to discuss with your host to request the appropriate medication. So what do I do? I sit there and suffer rather than be embarrassed and feeling better.
It’s ridiculous and I know that I’m not the only one that does this. I also noticed that I, along with everyone else I know stores the household medicine in the master bathroom. So I decided to move it to the hall bath for easy and embarrassment free access by guests but I had a serious problem… a dinky medicine cabinet that barely contained Russell’s hair products let alone a whole treasure trove of wonder cures. So something else needed to happen but on the cheap.
So I purchased some shelves and brackets at Ikea that added up to like $12 and installed those. Then Michael’s was having this crazy sale on photo boxes for a $1.20 each. I snapped up a bunch of those and then saw these awesome woven baskets at Michael’s, too. I purchased one a go with a fifty percent off coupon until I had everything I needed. Cause I’m cheap like that.
So,yeah – there’s all of the medicine in neatly marked boxes on the shelves. Plus I have a box for my bathroom stuff, Russell has one for his and then the big baskets hold toilet paper (like 12 rolls) and a few towels and washcloths for guests to easily find.
The only problem was those nifty little pieces of paper for the boxes kept falling out. See how some of them are labeled and others are not? And when you have a migraine and you finally find your medicine after going through three other boxes, you realize that this isn’t exactly working as planned.
So, I decided to make antique sign inspired, chalkboard-esque labels to permanently affix and so far, so good. I’m even sharing the files here if you want to make your own! Now my sense of humor may not be quite the same as yours and I made them for myself and then realized that I could share them. I tried to make 5 boxes with common issues and ailments that a guest might find themselves in the grips of. The images below are web quality and aren’t going to print well, download thd PDF instead. We have:
For this project you will need:
- Black photo boxes
- Free printables
- Paper cutter or X-acto knife & cutting mat
- Mod Podge
- Hardcoat Mod Podge
Now here’s one thing that a lot of craft bloggers don’t tell you… Have these printed somewhere else. Seriously. You’re going to eat through almost an entire black cartridge just to print these guys up and that means this is one expensive project. OR you can send them to Kinko’s I can’t find the receipt but it was either $0.54 per set or $0.54 per print but either way it’s much cheaper.
Use a ruler and a utility knife or your paper cutter to cut out.
Use everyday glue or regular Mod Podge to attach your cut outs to the front of the box. I just left the weird holder thingie in one side and put my labels on what had been the back side. Give them 15-20 minutes to fully dry.
Now, when people are digging around in these boxes it’s going to be for a reason. Which means they are going to be getting germs on your business. I get sick. A lot. So I have Lysol in the bathroom and strict rules for anyone that does anything like sneeze or have some bathroom issues to spray down everything they touch. The light switches, the toilet handle and now these boxes.
But lysol and paper don’t really go. So I went over my new label and the entire box, including lid with Mod Podge hardcoat. Now it’s not waterproof but it will be able to handle regular disinfecting and keep the boxes in good shape with regular steam from the shower.
Let them dry fully and then start stocking the insides with the good stuff.
And, voila! We have lots and lots of storage and plenty of room to grow. Plus guest can find towels, toilet paper, and medicine without needing to ask. Afterall, mi casa su casa… Happy Friday!