Waste not, want not. That’s pretty much my attitude every time I walk into my neighborhood thrift store, which is pretty often.
Which also means I get into trouble a lot. And trouble is usually in the form of a pile of unfinished projects that have incredible transformations…in my head.
Too bad great ideas without execution don’t usually end up as blog posts, huh?
But this one executed exactly how I imagined! Don’t you just love it when that happens?
Today, I’m joining in with four other super talented blogging friends for a series called Trash to Treasure Transformations. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, we’ll be transforming an item we found from a thrift store or yard sale. A.K.A. stuff we love doing anyway!
My victim to kick off the transformation fun was this guy:
To be fair, this hamper/trash can/pet food container, whatever you see it as really wasn’t all that hideous. It was pretty cute to begin with. But if you’ve followed this blog for longer than a day, you probably already know that I can never leave well enough alone.
This thing was a little rough on top, but it was nothing a coat of paint couldn’t fix.
I gave it two coats of Annie Sloan Coco, but typical me had to take it a step further and get all industrial style with a stencil.
I used these letter stencils I found in the hardware aisle and some black craft paint to trick it out.
I gave the original knob hole a quick spackling patch and sanding.
After the paint was dry, I swiped on one coat of Annie Sloan Dark Wax. I worked in small sections and left just enough of the wax behind to make it look a bit like wood.
I found this really cool pipe looking handle at Hobby Lobby for 50% off the other week while looking for our bathroom cabinet knobs.
Ta da! I’m so happy how it turned out! I had to take advantage of my new shiplap backdrop for a minute with this one.
Our master bathroom desperately needed a hamper, and this one fits right in. We were just tossing dirty clothes right in the floor beside our cabinet before, and it was not a pretty sight.
It works great with our rustic ladder towel rack too.
What do you think? Does it work? Can you believe this thing was only $9? Using the paint and wax I already had and the stencils and handle I bought, it ended up being about $20 total.
Be sure to stop in to check out all of the other thrifty transformations in the series today too! These gals are so creative; you’ll love the magic they can do.