I may have mentioned that I dislike doing dishes. One of the reasons may be that I have a tendency to not decorate areas that I consider “functional.” I love that AnnMarie looks at every area in her home as an opportunity to decorate! So I decided to try doing the same thing for my kitchen sink.
In the interest of “keeping it real,” I figured I’d let you see my kitchen sink in its normal state. The kids still needed to empty the dishwasher. So I stacked our breakfast dishes inside the sink. I am loathe to empty the dishwasher because it’s not my chore! I have plenty of my own chores to take care of, thankyouverymuch. And I don’t mind waiting to wash the dishes. 😉 My soaps were contained, but there was nowhere to put the sponges, scraper, or sink stopper.
The simple reality is that whether I like washing dishes or not, I still have to wash them every day. So why not make the area a nicer place to spend my time?
Making the Kitchen Sink Simply Pretty
I started with the soaps. I got that little caddy years ago and it held a matching bottle of soap and lotion from Williams Sonoma. Those pretty bottles are long gone, so I just put the containers I used in the caddy. It was sort of functional. And the fact I used a caddy made it decorative, right?
Not so much.
Also, I purchase my dish soap in bulk from BJ’s because it’s much cheaper that way so that smaller soap bottle has seen better days!
I ditched the old dish soap bottle and got a cute Mason jar soap dispenser for $3 from HomeGoods. Yes, I did bring AnnMarie with me to help me. It’s pretty nice to have a bestie who is as good at decorating as she is! That simple step of putting my dish soap into a pretty dispenser helped. And I’m being much more frugal with dispensing the dish soap thanks to this little pump. You can find something similar here or here (but not as inexpensive), or get a pump to put on top of a Mason jar here or here.
The other problem to solve was what to do with the other stuff that I use daily. I don’t care for the little flip down trays you install behind the door panels in the sink area. I feel like my sponges never completely dried when I had one of those trays in my old house.
AnnMarie suggested I find a container that would hold all the stuff plus my soaps. I looked at a few ideas while we were shopping. First was a basket, but I was concerned that it would get gross over time. My kids and husband tend to not wring all the water out of the sponges so the bottom of the basket could get soggy. And water could leak out of the bottom. I really liked the look of a galvanized bucket we found, but wasn’t convinced it wouldn’t rust. After all, was it *really* galvanized, or just made to look that way?
So I decided to go with this stone container. It was $12 at HomeGoods and I found it in the bathroom decor area of the store. You can find something similar here, here or here but the prices aren’t quite as good! The color coordinates well with my back splash and counters. Everything fits inside it. And I love that it is easy to wipe out or clean when necessary. There you have it. My kitchen sink soap area is now simply pretty for just $15.
Stay tuned for changes to my window sill area to make the entire kitchen sink area simply pretty! Who knows, maybe I’ll end up enjoying washing dishes if the area is a nicer place to spend my time?!