Viva DIY / Vintage Laundry Basket Makeover

Howdy! Hope you’re having a good Monday!

Over the weekend, after the snow melted a bit, I did a short project. I purchased a vintage 1950s laundry hamper a week ago at my favorite local thrift store that is sturdy and has good lines, but the white color was dingy. It also had a black plastic cover on the top that had seen better days.

I knew what I should do: look through my spray paint stash and get to work.

Here she is pre-makeover:image

The front has a cool design-y shape on it.


The top with bonus sneaky bird in the shot.


Inside of basket with “Red Man” logo.

What I did:

1. I gathered all my supplies for the makeover: painter’s tape, spray paint in minty color and my trusty spray painting plank. Yes, I do so many projects that I have a painting plank. It saves the grass from dying!

2. I taped off the areas I didn’t want to paint. image

I taped the top of the basket in a diagonal stipe pattern because I like the black. I taped it strategically to hide the defects!


I wanted to keep the design on the front to coordinate with the top.


Here it is all sprayed up! It only took one coat, but I might coat it in the future once more.


This is the finished product!

The basket color doesn’t look even in the photo, but it does in person. It took 15 minutes to tape up because I took my sweet time. Spraying took about 10 minutes. Then I let it dry until the sun went down. I didn’t want to smudge it so that took 4 hours in the sun.

I hope you were inspired to change something—even a little—in your home!

If you’re into revamped vintage check out my Etsy shop Viva Wild Vintage!


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