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How To Easily Restore Your Rusty Shower Caddy To Brand New

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Why repurchase your expensive shower caddy when you can easily restore it to new again! There’s an easy and inexpensive way to bring it back to life again and finally get rid of those rust and stain marks. 

No matter how many times a week I scrubbed and scrubbed, the rust and soap scum stains would magically reappear on my shower caddy.

Even after three days, they would show up and turn all of my body scrubbers into a rusty mess along with it. Yuck! It was so frustrating and the thought of having to buy another one really made me even more frustrated!

That’s when I had a light-bulb moment and found an easy and inexpensive way to turn it back into that brand new shower caddy I once had. Spray paint! Yep – easy as can be. Check out exactly how I transformed my old shower caddy into a brand new sparkling clean one. 

How To Easily Restore Your Rusty Shower Caddy To Brand New

The best part is, you can choose any color you like. There are so many varieties of spray paint colors on the market, and it’s so much fun deciding which color you want. Plus, if you get tired of that color and need a change, it’s so easy and quick to do!

I love this style shower caddy because I have lots of shampoos and body soaps and this Spa Creations Three-Tier extra-wide caddy is perfectly sized to store all of my shower product addictions. 

Here’ the mess I had to deal with on a weekly basis. No matter how hard I scrubbed, the rust would always return. Not to mention how many expensive Magic Erasers I went through in the process.

How To Easily Restore Your Rusty Shower Caddy To Brand New

To get started with your shower caddy restoration, you will need to do the following:

  • Purchase a can of spray paint of your liking. Preferably, get one that is rustproof.   
  • Clean your caddy well before spraying. I like using a Magic Eraser Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove all the rust and soap scum.
  • Once your caddy is clean and dry, you can begin the painting process.
  • Be sure to wear a face mask as well as goggles to protect your face.
  • Begin by spraying about 4 inches away from the caddy – use long strokes. I used about 4 coats to ensure good coverage.
  • Let the front dry well (you will notice it dries very fast!) then flip the caddy over, and do the same for the backside.
  • I also removed all the plastic suction cups and sprayed them with bleach to brighten them up again. 
  • Hang back on your shower wall and done! 
How To Easily Restore Your Rusty Shower Caddy To Brand New

I like to spray paint outside if possible. Regardless if you do it indoors or outside, be sure to wear protective gear like a mask and goggles. I prep the area with an old towel or drop cloth first.

How To Easily Restore Your Rusty Shower Caddy To Brand New

Be sure to get at least 3-4 good coats of paint, let dry, and spray the backside of the caddy. 

How To Easily Restore Your Rusty Shower Caddy To Brand New

Look at this beauty now! I chose gold – yep, call me crazy! I love gold paint, and I take any opportunity to use it. I love the contrast of the stainless with the gold. 

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Here’s the Krylon Brass Metallic Finish I used. I love this finish! 

How To Easily Restore Your Rusty Shower Caddy To Brand New

Be sure to check out how I glammed up my home decor with gold paint too! I had some leftover gold paint from my stunning stairs transformation. Be sure to check that out too. 

How To Easily Restore Your Rusty Shower Caddy To Brand New

Now, my shower products have a new clean place to sit and look pretty!

How To Easily Restore Your Rusty Shower Caddy To Brand New

And the best part is – no more rust! Now, my entire shower looks so clean and sparkly too! 

How To Easily Restore Your Rusty Shower Caddy To Brand New

I’m thrilled with the end results! 

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How To Easily Restore Your Rusty Shower Caddy To Brand New
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I hope this inspired you to transform your old rusty shower caddy into a masterpiece too! Also, if you replace or add new shower doors, it’s a great way to show them off! 

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  1. Well, what a great idea! the gold looks beautiful and is certainly a less expensive way to get a new caddy. Will be excited to learn how well the paint holds up… hint..hint… follow-up post. LOL… XO Susie

  2. I also think this is a great idea! Hope to try it on my shower caddy soon and would also like to know how yours holds up. The gold looks great.

  3. Thanks Diane! I am so thrilled with how it turned out. So far so good! Even if I have to repaint it once or twice a year it’s totally worth it. I’ll do an updated post on it in a few weeks to let everyone know how it’s holding up. Let me know how yours turns out too. It’s fun choosing the color as well!

  4. I am so thrilled with how it came out. And yes, great idea to do a follow-up post :) So far, it’s fantastic and I love recycling it instead of throwing it in the trash. Thanks much my dear friend! xo

  5. Super cool idea. I love the way it kicks up a staple item like a bathroon caddy! The gold color loosk so lovely!

  6. what a great idea. I love the way it kicks up a staple item like a bathroon caddy. I love the gold too. It looks very high end.
    thanks for share

  7. What a great idea! I wouldn’t have thought to do that. I had one I really loved that got yucky, but it was a vinyl coated one. When I bought a new one I got aluminum so it wouldn’t rust, hopefully…..

    Hey, we have the same shower head, and I SPY the water filter you added. I so want to get one of those, hubby is not on board but I want to filter the chlorine out of my water as much as possible.

  8. Wow, that’s a great idea. The color gold is wonderful. I have intend to repurchase my shower caddy, thanks for sharing the detail to guide.

  9. Hi Toni, Yes, I got so tired of replacing them and they are expensive as well. Nothing better than a good upcycle! I am so happy with the results. The filter makes a nice difference for sure! I also love the one in my fridge. thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend. The weather is finally gorgeous!
    Carolann xo

  10. I am a big fan of DIY and recycle, so I really like your ideas, it is so great and useful. Cant wait to restore my shower caddy now!

  11. I am seriously in love with this caddy and for some odd reason I never thought to get one like this. Your restoration of it looks really great.

  12. What a perfect transformation. The gold color makes it look like an expensive new caddy :) You really impressed me. New fan here.

  13. Wow, such a cool idea. I often end up my shower shelf by replacing it with a new one. Will definitely save this to renovate my shelf again !!!
    Thank you for sharing. :)

  14. Such a great transformation! I don’ t have to pay attention to shower caddy, often clean it simple. So, your post makes me so impressed. I hope i can renew my rusty shower caddy as you did. thanks for inspiration!

  15. As soon as I buy a new caddy I take it outside and spray it with about 4 coats of CLEAR Rustoleum and last forever,just clean as needed

  16. Oh my gosh, you won’t believe how timely this is. I just scrubbed my shower yesterday and my husband and I were looking at our caddy and decided we just needed a new one because ours was ‘too gross to clean’. Ha. I’m going to put your advice to use. Thank you!

  17. Carolann, you and I both clearly share an appreciation for all the wonders of spray paint! What a great restore of a functional piece.

    Happy spray painting!


  18. Hi Julie, you will be amazed at how painting it makes it totally brand new again! I love the fact that I can paint it any color I love too. Thanks much and have a great rest of the week!

  19. I have used steel wool to remove the rust since it works better than magic erasers. I never thought to “refinish” it though, since the steel wool does such a great job restoring the metal’s shine. But if I do, I’ll follow your finishing steps!! Thanks!

  20. Hi Cristin, Oh yes, steel wool works great! Once I discovered how awesome it was to spray paint them, I do it all the time. I love changing the colors too! I hope you have fun painting yours too. Be sure to stop back and show me a pic! Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s always great reading about exciting discoveries! Have a great weekend!

  21. This is timely, I have been unwell for almost a month and my bathroom has been neglected, my shower caddy needs a good clean, I will try your idea if I can’t get it clean easily. This is the first time I have looked at a post from you and am impressed thank you

  22. Thanks so much Christina. I do hope you will stop back again. Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I hope you do soon. When you are cleaning it, you don’t have to go nuts with cleaning it. As long as it’s rust free you can easily spray paint over it. Stop back and let me know how it worked out for you! Have a blessed Sunday!

  23. Toni, look up what chlorine does to your skin. That might change his mind. We had a company demo how much chlorine was in our water then they had us stir in a finger. The chlorine was gone – into our skin. They used a pool chlorine tester to show what happens. Here’s a quick look up ‘The number one culprit for causing skin issues is chlorine, used in a lot of household cleaning products as well as in swimming pools because its main function is to disinfect water. Some swimmers find that chlorine can lead to dry, flaky skin – particularly if they already have eczema or other dry skin complications.’ They do say that a small amount of chlorine can help acne, but if you test your water, you’re likely to find it’s close to the amount in pool. Every year, as you age, chemicals make your skin dryer and dryer. Eventually it will start to itch and flake and you’ll have a mess. For anyone looking for a filter, try a whole house one if you can. If not, at least use one for the shower and at least one drinking faucet.

    Carolanne, I’m sorry to interrupt your make over (which looks great) but I learned the hard way to avoid chlorine as much as possible after the water is treated. Oh, I also meant to tell you. I’ve read that if you put a clear coat of spray paint over any color it will make the color last longer.

  24. Thanks for that info L.S. Yes, you can add a clear coat and that’s a brilliant idea. Rust-Oleum also makes a base coat built into the paint that prevents rust as well. It was great hearing from you and your detailed info is great appreciated. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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