DIY Bathroom Display Organizer

DIY Table Riser and Organizer for the Vanity

Welcome to another Farmhouse Hens collaboration.  This month we are doing furniture makeovers.  Make sure to check out the other Farmhouse Hens posts linked at the bottom of my post.    I am sure you will be inspired and enjoy what they have created for us.  I am sharing how I upcycled an old rickety plant stand into this pretty DIY table riser for a bathroom or vanity.  Its such a nice place to organize some of my pretty bathroom stuff so it stand out.

This DIY bathroom display organizer is the hardest project I have ever tried to name.  It’s not really a tray, it’s too small to be a cabinet, but it is useful for grouping items together and useful to add some height to the little vanity mirror you see in the background.

A DIY furniture upcycle from old plant stand to new DIY table riser idea for the bathroom, little girl's bedroom, or vanity.

This particular project started with an error.  I don’t have a good perspective on the size of an item.   I swear they totally change size in the drive home from the store.  This is but one of a lifetime of examples.

The before picture of an old plant stand or telephone table.

I thought it would make a nice display table for the front porch, but it is much too small and rickety.  It was only $5.00 but I was determined to use it, so it’s been in the junk corner of the garage for almost a year.  I think maybe it was designed to be a plant stand for a fern or something, or perhaps a telephone table,  I don’t know what it was suppose to be.

You certainly could try and use it as a coffee station wooden tray.   Unfortunately our coffee pot is too tall and it there isn’t enough room between the upper and lower cabinets.   It was really too bad because that little drawer is so perfect for teaspoons.

This little DIY table riser finally found a place in the bathroom on the vanity end of our bathroom counter.  I put all the little hygiene implements in the little drawer and added a fairy to work her miracles.

A furniture makeover turns into a DIY table riser with a drawer for a bathroom, girl's room or vanity.

How to Make a DIY Table Riser from an Old Plant Stand

It was pretty dirty from being in the garage and very rickety.  The first step is dismantling and then cleaning all the parts.  The slots and hardware made it very easy to recognize how to reassemble it.

Secondly cut all the legs off so they are an inch longer than the body of the tiny cabinet.

Fixing an old plant stand and refinishing .  How to sand and refinish old furniture

Sand all the parts of with 150 grit sandpaper to remove the shine.

Paint with chalkboard or latex.  I used matte latex.

Apply a primer and then two layers of white paint. Let dry between coats.

Adding a simple graphic to a DIY table riser for a bathroom, or vanity.

Add any graphic you like.  My graphic came from  The Graphics Fairy,  I found two different feminine graphics I really liked.  The vintage butterfly graphic   you see in the pictures and a vintage beauty ad graphic.  

Once you have a graphic chosen and printed use carbon tracing paper to transfer the image to the surface.  Place the transfer paper carbon side down against the wood, put the image on top and using a pen outline all the lines on the graphic.  If you use a red pen you may find it easier to see the areas you have outlined as you work along.

Once finished, remove the carbon and the graphic pattern.  Using a tiny paint brush and silver/ grey paint, paint over all the carbon markings.  Let dry thoroughly but its best to leave it overnight.   (I found this part very enjoyable and quiet.  I drank two cups of coffee during the process and it took about two hours to finish.)

The next day,  remove all the carbon marks by rubbing them off with a high-quality eraser.  (the white kind)

To soften the look of the painted graphic,  do a third dry coat of white paint.  Using a very little bit of paint and a soft hand,  dry brush a slight layer of paint over the top surface.  Have a damp cloth nearby in case you put on too much paint and need to remove the excess.

As mine is for the bathroom I lightly sprayed it with a semi-gloss poly.j

A old stand upcycle into a DIY table riser

I love how it looks with the fairy graphic on the side with room for a flower and the oils.  You could place pretty perfume bottles or your hair brushes on the top.    Or maybe two or three apothecary jars.


  1. I love this!!!!! Just gorgeous Leanna!

  2. That is such a clever use of a little table. I’m not sure I would have seen this potential in it. The graphic is SO pretty too, worth the time it took for sure.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Julie, and thank you. I love the really ornate french graphics as well, but the fairy suits the style of my home better I think. I love this fairy graphic.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Mary, I like it. I still wish I could find the right size table for the front porch.

  3. My daughter LOVES everything fairies and princesses. I’ll definitely be pinning this (and showing her when she wakes in the morning). Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent. Have a happy day, friend.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Faeries, princesses and little girls are meant to be together. It’s such a wonderful play theme. This grandma does fairy and princess stuff for my granddaughters all the time. I love how it encourages make believe.

  4. Really clever idea, Leanna and love the graphic you added to the top too!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Marie. I had to ponder what I wanted to put on it, and am happy with the fairy.

  5. That looks so amazing Leanna and it’s the perfect fit on top of the bathroom vanity. Isn’t the Graphics Fairy just the best for finding those images.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Michelle. The graphics fairy is the first place I look, so many examples and images to choose from. It’s really fun to go looking for just the right one.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      That is exciting. Its such an honour to be featured Michelle. I have put your new link party on my weekly calendar and noted the start time. Thank you so much.

    2. LeannaForsythe says:

      Woot Woot! Thank you so much Michelle. I will pop over link up and check it out. Great news!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Tarah, I am really happy with how it turned out. Its currently in my bathroom but I think I can use it anywhere.

  6. Great idea cutting that table down! Such a cute counter storage option. Love those graphics you picked too. Nice job!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, Stephanie, with the short little legs it’s nice and sturdy now. Its currently in the bathroom, but I may use it to add height to different vignettes etc. So happy to be one of the Farmhouse Hens, I love collaborating with you.

  7. Such a clever idea! I love that you didn’t let it beat you and you turned into something so beautiful!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I spent a day deciding which of the two graphics I wanted to use, eventually settling on the fairy. It may not be a trendy idea, but in the end, I love how it turned out.

  8. That is an ingenious idea. I am sure it is very handy to store small items. I hate having things on the counter so this is perfect.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I dislike having things open on the counter as well, I am struggling with redecorating my master bath so that it looks less barren. Thank you for commenting Debra, always appreciated.

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