Last summer, we had a smelly clothes situation. Having a teenage boy in the house most days who had been in the midst of football practice, this would not normally cause alarm.
However, when my clothes came up smelling not-so-much like roses, but more like I’d just played every down during a championship football game, we had a problem.
Turns out dear Bill was tossing his football clothes into the laundry hamper in mine and Grunt Labor’s room. And our clothes didn’t stand a chance against even one of his sweat soaked football practice t-shirts.
Lucky for him, I discovered what was causing the problem of my smelly clothes while he was away at FCA camp. I also decided to fix it before he returned – I gave him his very own laundry hamper.
Not that he’s ever actually washed the clothes he’s put in it though.
P.S. Yes, these photos are old – they were taken before Bill’s room got a makeover. That’s how far behind I am on posting this project, y’all. #bloggeroftheyear #not
Vintage Laundry Hamper Makeover
This hamper actually used to be the Circus’. I bought it at a Salvation Army Store for a whopping $2. Apparently, when you have kids though, this weird thing happens and they just keep getting more and more and more crap and you have to rearrange their room multiple times and move stuff in closets and in every other cranny available. Who knew? After the Circus had reached the age of two or so, the hamper had found its way into the closet. When Bill needed a hamper, I took this one and just got a clothes basket for the Circus. It looked like this when I jacked it from the kid:
It actually had a cute upholstered top on it as well at one point, but apparently, the Circus hadn’t been too fond of that.
- FrogTape® Delicate Surface in 1.88″
- Spray Paint in Your Choice of Colors (I did gold and black.)
- Speed Square
- Craft Knife
Clean any dust or dirt off the piece. Using a tack cloth will work great in picking all that up.
Spray paint the color that you want your triangles to be in the center of the piece or wherever you want your triangles. Be sure to cover as much area with this color as you think your triangles will cover. When in doubt – cover more rather than less.
Begin taping off your triangles. I found that the easiest way to do my triangles was to start at the bottom with a speed square.
Use the edges of the square as the guides for your tape.
Once you have your first triangle, continue up the piece creating as many other triangles as you wish.
Once I taped off the triangles, I could easily pull a whole tape triangle up and move it around if I needed to.
Trim up the ends of the FrogTape® to make them straight using a craft knife. Press firmly down on all edges of the tape to seal the edges and prevent paint bleed.
Spray paint over the rest of the piece with your second color. Remove the FrogTape® as soon as you have sprayed your final coat of paint.
Let the piece fully dry before putting it into full use.
To give the gold on the triangles a little more depth, I added some gold Rub ‘n Buff along some of the triangles.
And while Bill was actually excited about having his own “hip” hamper, he’s only actually washed the clothes that he’s thrown into it once. Once. Go figure.
Either way, it’s one good looking laundry hamper in my opinion. What do you think?
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