Laundry Hamper Makeover

It’s been pretty cool here, but John and I managed to get a lot of the garden things put away… and we did some major reorganizing in my greenhouse that is no longer a greenhouse. And I was able to work on a few very overdue projects.
Here’s one of them… my laundry hamper makeover.
Laundry Hamper Makeover

I found this hamper at the thrift store for $2 about 6 months ago. I was using it to store things in my craft room.

Laundry Hamper Makeover

It was in perfect condition… just a little worn and dusty.

Laundry Hamper Makeover

All it needed was a good cleaning and a coat of a lovely white spray paint and primer combo… so out to my cardboard painting booth in the garage it went. Here it is about to be painted.

Laundry Hamper Makeover

Before covering the lid with fabric I removed the contact paper covering to find this green vinyl underneath. It was still in good shape, but totally not what I was going for.

Laundry Hamper Makeover

I removed the two hinges holding the lid in place and used this fabulous floral fabric from my stash.

Laundry Hamper Makeover

I cut it to size and simply folded the sides in, stapling as I went. Once the hamper was dry I reattached the lid to the hamper.

Laundry Hamper Makeover

Here’s the before again.

Laundry Hamper Makeover

And the after.

Laundry Hamper Makeover

It really cleaned up nice, and it’s so much brighter.

I’m going to let it sit with the lid open for a few days to air out the spray paint smell. I had a photo of the inside, but when I went to get the pics to add to this post it had somehow disappeared. Nothing much to see anyway… it just looks more white than it did before.

Now it can take it’s rightful place in the upstairs bathroom/laundry room.

Have a great day, and thanks so much for reading!



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  1. Love your hamper redo and the idea of using it to store things in your craft room. What a great idea! I will be keeping my eyes peeled for one for my craft room to store large items! Have a blessed week….Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  2. Well what a great idea! My sad laundry hamper is more than 20 years old and now it's jealous! I think I'll give it a makeover soon..never once thought about it! Thanks Tuula!

  3. Great new look, Tuula! I'm like Danni who never thought to makeover hampers. I've collected a few over the years and they all could do with a new look! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I always pick these wicker hampers up when out shopping. They are easy to repaint and recover the tops and they are workhorses around the house. Love the fabric you found for it. We need to sit Danni down and talk to her about hamper abuse.

  5. Great makeover Tuula! You can definitely see the difference of the whites before and after! Looks so new!!

  6. I love the new look!!! I'd be afraid to put Phil's nasty clothes in there…


  7. I love the new fabric choice. Your clothes hamper does look pretty much brand new now. That is such a simple transformation too.

  8. I recently noticed the top edge of my hamper has frayed. Now I know what I'm going to do. Recover it! Thanks for the idea.

  9. You find the best stuff ! I'd love to find a hamper the big and sturdy. Nice up cycle, you know I LOVE spray paint!

  10. Wow! I can’t believe how nice the hamper turned out! I have one that was from the 70’s and was looking dull and old, but still in great shape structure wise. Anyway, along comes a new kitty we literally rescued, and now my hamper top looks like spaghetti! I am not craft suavy at all! So your project has given me hope and inspiration! Thank you so much! I just signed up for your emails!

    1. Thanks so much Kathy! How wonderful that you took in that kitty. At least she got some good use from your hamper. lol. Thanks so much for signing up. 🙂