I bought this block of wood at Goodwill two or three months ago. It was half off, so I paid less than a dollar for it. I just couldn't resist the potential of something clearly crafted with a purpose, but left half-finished. It seemed to speak to me, but I waited until it was practically shouting before I got around to doing something with it. It became a wonderful bathroom addition.
For starters, I purchased a can of spray on primer. I wasn't sure exactly how or what I was going to paint it, but I figured raw wood was going to drink up whatever I put on there. I actually primed it the week I brought it home. It proceeded to sit politely on my shelf and wait for MONTHS to be given a purpose. I finally figured out what I could use it for, and began my attack. I painted it all over a lovely "Tiffany Blue" color. I used E6000 to adhere the tops of three glass jars to the underside (to hold my bobby pins and hair ties). I replaced the too-short rope with a piece of white-ish ribbon. I hung it all up with a "Hercules Hook" which boasts a strength of 50lbs. I am so pleased with how this turned out! I love perusing the shelves of Goodwill for hidden treasures.