30.8.13

Vintage Produce Crate Upcycle To Laundry Hamper

When I found this metal produce crate it was very rusty and grungy but I thought it would work as a small laundry hamper for our basement guest suite.


The crate was $3 at a re-use store and I used a metal brush to scrape the grunge off and washed it well. I like rusty items, but this was still way too messy so I decided to spray it with Krylon Chrome spray paint.



Last night I sewed a simple laundry bag with a drawstring to line the crate. The fabric is leftover from the white tablecloth drapes I sewed for our family room and patio doors. Please excuse the yellowish photos, I've got a lot to learn about photography and good lighting in our basement is a challenge on the best days. Early this morning it was even more of a challenge.


Our basement guest suite bathroom is small and there isn't room for a laundry basket or hamper. I didn't want a traditional laundry hamper sitting in the hallway because it is visible from the TV sitting area so I think this little vintage basket works well. It is big enough to hold our boy's socks they always take off when they are hanging out down there and it can catch towels when guests are visiting. The drawstring bag will make it easy to transport to our second floor laundry room when full too.


A wood bottom and casters may be added at some point, but I really like this inexpensive little vintage makeover.
Here's the cost breakdown:

  • rusty metal produce crate $3
  • white linen fabric $0
  • Krylon Chrome spray paint $6
  • Total: $9

16 comments:

  1. what a fun find, great idea for a hamper!!

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  2. What a great way to repurposed that old vintage wire basket. Hope the boys can manage toto get their socks in it :)

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  3. I have one just the same ... only black... it is the perfect size for magazines.

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  4. That is a cute little makeover, Elizabeth. xo Diana

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  5. That looks great Elizabeth! Nothing creative here. I bought a white wicker set from Sears Catalogue about 10 years ago and that's it. Enjoy the long weekend.

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  6. Very cute.
    I'll have to try this with my milk crates!

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  7. WOW I really like it and would have never thought of doing that. Great idea.

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  8. Oh, I love this!! Looks great :)
    Susan

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  9. what a great idea you had. I love this makeover. Well done

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  10. That was such a clever project! I love how that looks and the new use of that crate. Wire crates have so many wonderful uses.

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  11. Liz, u r sooo talented! :)

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  12. I love your new metal hamper! It is perfect and looks great. I have a vintage laundry hamper that sits in the hallway. My bathroom is way too small to hold it and so are the bedrooms, it sits where it's easily seen. But, because its vintage I feel like it looks nice.

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  13. This is such a great idea! The liner you made for the basket is perfect.
    Mary Alice

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  14. Such a cute creative idea Elizabeth! I love it!! Thanks for sharing it and your gorgeous dresser at Work it Wednesday this week - hope to see you back:)

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  15. How cute! I use a traditional looking laundry basket from Ikea. Your basket has way more charm. Great idea!

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