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Industrial Style Laundry Hamper Makeover

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?

Industrial Style Laundry Hamper Makeover | Bless'er House

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!

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My victim to kick off the transformation fun was this guy:

Industrial Style Laundry Hamper Makeover | Bless'er House

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.

Industrial Style Laundry Hamper Makeover | Bless'er House

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.

Industrial Style Laundry Hamper Makeover | Bless'er House

I gave the original knob hole a quick spackling patch and sanding.

Industrial Style Laundry Hamper Makeover | Bless'er House

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.

Industrial Style Laundry Hamper Makeover | Bless'er House

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.

Industrial Style Laundry Hamper Makeover | Bless'er House

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.

Industrial Style Laundry Hamper Makeover | Bless'er House

It works great with our rustic ladder towel rack too.

Industrial Style Laundry Hamper Makeover | Bless'er House

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.

Industrial Style Laundry Hamper Makeover | Bless'er House

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.

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  1. We’ve always had those horrible fabric-with- spiral-wire hampers. I’ve never thought of trying to make something good-looking to keep dirty laundry in. Now I’ll be on the lookout for something to transform into a pretty laundry bin. I might just end up building one. Great idea! Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Yay! We have the spiral wire hampers too, but I like that I can hide all of the dirty clothes with this one and they don’t come spilling out of the top. Always good to hide our crazy. 😉

    1. Haha! My family has learned to just go with it now. Or maybe they think it and just don’t say anything anymore because there’s no point in arguing with a crazy DIY girl on a mission. 😉

    1. Haha Thanks, Ardith! I’d been on the lookout for a really cute one that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Paint and cool hardware always seem to save the day.

  2. Wow, love it! I especially love that it looks like weathered wood! I need to try that paint/wax combo! It looks awesome and I love how well it goes with your rustic ladder!

  3. Hey Lauren,
    I LOVE how you transformed the piece and it looks great in your Master Bath!! I’m always seeing pieces of furniture at the thrift stores and needing inspiration of what to do with them, so I’m looking forward to this series. Thanks for sharing….

    1. Thanks, Lanita! I know what you mean. A lot of times the hardest part on a makeover is deciding what direction you’ll take it in.

    1. Thanks, Larissa! I LOVE how your sconces turned out too! I’m ready to dive into my in-laws’ old barn to see if I can scrounge up some old farm tools like you found.

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