Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I built a Cleaning Caddy

So…My dad was taking back some of his power tools :( that’s no fun. So I thought – I need to build something before he takes them back. I have wanted to build a variation of Ana-White’s Toolbox.

So – I got to it – I wanted to build a cleaning caddy. Normally when I go to clean – I want to do it all at once. We have a bigger house – so I’ll be upstairs in the kids room – and realize I left the Windex downstairs – get upstairs – I left the paper towels downstairs….SERIOUSLY. So – hopefully this will stop that from happening!!!

So – here we have my Cleaning Caddy!! It was actually pretty easy to build. I had everything on hand. I had the dowels from another project – so that is how I based everything.

I took two left over pieces of MDF and made a design, cut it out with a Jig Saw. I wanted to make sure it was tall enough for the cleaning bottles.

Then I screwed the dowel to each side of the MDF sides.

I then measure the length I needed for the sides – I used scrap base molding we had laying around – I don’t even know where it came from!

Then came the bottom – I measured out the sides – and then I wanted it long enough to hold a roll of paper towels.

Glued and nailed everything in with the nailer (always use glue too – this thing is kind of heavy with all the cleaning supplies)

I screwed the dowel in from the bottom for the paper towels.

I painted it many times with white trim paint – used many different types of wood so I wanted it to look uniform.

Then for the finishing touches – I went to my abundant scrapbook paper collection – Mod Podged it all up. Love that stuff!!! On the front – I cut out “Cleaning Caddy” with my Cricut. And on the sides I trimmed it out with cording I had on hand, just used hot glue and did about a 6 inch section at a time. I hot glued buttons where my screws were on the outside tops. My counter sink bit was the wrong size, so they stuck out a little. Now it’s a nice decorative element.

All in all – it came out cute! I have a little broom and dust pan, gloves, tooth brush, q-tips, Windex, all purpose cleaner, toilet cleaner, rags, and wipes. Lot’s to clean all parts of the house….Now to just start using it.

OH – did you notice it isn’t a girly color! I so wanted to paint it pink, but – I didn’t want to deter my husband from using it – no excuses now!!!!


  1. You did an amazing job! Hope it makes cleaning a little easier!

  2. That is really cute. I need to do something like this to keep my stuff in one thing I can carry around. Thanks for linking to the party.

  3. Good job. I should make something like that too. I am always running back and forth with cleaning products. Stop by and visit me sometime!

    Susan and Bentley

  4. You did a good job! i am always running up and down the stairs too.

  5. It's just darling! I don't think I'd actually clean anymore ;) but what a handy thing to carry from room to room!

    Would love for you to drop by this weekend and join Passion for Paint!


  6. I love, love, love organization - and anything else that makes my life simpler. It looks like your sweet little cleaning caddy will accomplish both of those for you. ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party.

    Have a great weekend!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  7. Fantastic! Makes me want to clean something! Would love for you to come and visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

  8. I think you should link back to Ana's site, she would love to see this variation!

  9. Thanks for making this easy to read. I do like pink, but not for reading on. This is a fantastic project. I want to make one. I am sure my girls would love for me to get rid of the rubbermade ugly (cady) we have! Thank you for posting it.



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