DIY Rolling Laundry Cart ~ Step-by-Step Tutorial

What sane person doesn’t want extra storage in their house, right? I mean, the kind that looks good AND serves a purpose. I know I’m not the only one here tired of plastic bins and tubs scattered about. Check out this thrifted find. I spied it from a mile away because I LOVE BASKETS. However, this one is about to become a DIY rolling laundry cart. Stay with me now.

Thrifted Basket Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

At first glance, this is pretty and really nothing wrong with it except for the busted/missing leather hinge straps and general wear.

Broken Leather Hinges on Thrifted Basket |

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It did come with a liner that I had removed and was in the process of cleaning. The shiny, orangey wicker didn’t do it for me and my love of farmhouse style. So…I decided to take it up a notch. As in…paint. Don’t faint now, I’m not painting the entire thing, rather giving it a wash to deflect the shiny and create texture.


First, I use my Stubby Brush and a soft white paint to dry brush the basket. What’s dry brush you say?

It’s where you’re moving around paint with a brush that has only enough paint on it to slightly wet it. You’re not soaking your brush to get full coverage. All you need is a smidgen of paint and follow the flow of the basket lines to brush it on. Keep it light and brush it out.

How to Whitewash a Basket with a Dry Brush Technique Demonstrated by Prodigal Pieces |

After about 30 minutes, the paint has cured enough that I can continue. Because I wanted this DIY rolling laundry cart to actually roll (hahaha), I add some casters. If you don’t know me enough already, I add casters to most anything. Why not? It makes life easier – trust me.

So, how does one go about adding casters to a basket? Well, it’s pretty simple. This method never fails me as I do it all the time to wire baskets, wicker, anything! You just need a stash of zip ties (aka. cable ties) and some cute swivel casters with plates.

Zip Ties to Attach Casters to DIY Rolling Laundry Cart by Prodigal Pieces |

To get the casters on I simply stick the right size and color zip tie through the weaving, making sure to wrap it around a couple strands of basket for strength. Leave them poking out where the holes of the casters would be.

Basket with Zip Ties for Casters by Prodigal Pieces |

Then, simply pull through the caster holes and tighten down. Use a pair of scissors to snip the excess off and you’re done!

Cutting Zip Ties |


Now time to add a bit of dimension to the whitewashed layer we created. I didn’t want this to look like a brand spankin’ new basket, so I grabbed my old Square Brush to brush a light coat of wax here and there.

Once that’s complete, it’s time to put the lid back on this DIY rolling laundry cart. Thankfully, I had scrap leather left over from my Pottery Barn bench knock-off, so I just cut a couple of pieces and grabbed my Crop-A-Dile.

Creating Leather Hinges with Crop-A-Dile by Prodigal Pieces |

Here’s the steps to get it attach using eyelets:

Steps to Attach Eyelets to Leather | Prodigal Pieces |

  1. Punch the leather with the size punch of your choosing on the Crop-A-Dile
  2. Insert an eyelet making sure it is in both layers of leather
  3. Press the eyelet with the Crop-A-Dile to attach

Easy-peasy! Likewise, I love to add eyelets in my paper creations as well as fabric, like my feed sack purse. They’re fun!

Leather Hinge made with Eyelets and Crop-A-Dile by Prodigal Pieces |

One last thing to add to this makeover. We have the DIY part, we have the rolling part, now we need the laundry part, right? Last, to add a bit more flair, I cut out a piece of scrap luan (thin plywood) from my stash with my jig saw and used my transfer method to create a graphic. Then, I hand-painted it in and attached the sign with zip ties too. Seriously, aren’t zip ties awesome?!



And our basket complete DIY rolling laundry cart is done. I love it!

Farmhouse Laundry Cart complete with DIY steps by Prodigal Pieces |

The liner was in excellent shape. All I did was launder it and give it a refresh. Also, the roses make this piece so pretty, doesn’t it? I was tempted to make a ticking lining, but decided to just leave it as is.

Shabby Chic Style Laundry Cart with Liner by Prodigal Pieces |

Liner in Laundry Basket |

In addition, the leather hinges I created make the basket functional again and add a sort of rustic feel.

Hinged Laundry Basket with Leather Straps. DIY by Prodigal Pieces |

The extra touch of the sign just makes it something fun to look at. And who knows? Maybe the kids will actually put their dirty clothes in there…right? That is if they are old enough to read – ha!

Hand-Painted Cottage Style Laundry Cart by Prodigal Pieces |

Baskets in all shapes and sizes are a pure addiction of mine. It’s easy to see why – they have endless uses! Do you agree?

Basket of Roses by Prodigal Pieces |

As much as I’d like to keep this gem, I have decided to offer it in my shop.  (SOLD) Someone better purchase it fast before I choose to keep it! hee hee hee.

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  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    Zip ties! Who-da thunk? That’s genius. Love it, Fantastic makeover!

    August 29, 2017 at 8:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I seriously hoard those things too. Endless uses!

      August 29, 2017 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    I love baskets too! They are hard to resist! ?
    I’m glad you kept the rose liner – it is so pretty! Plus using zip ties is pure genius! You always have the best ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    August 29, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! Yes, was keeping the rose liner, but debated on making a ticking one too. Both are my favorite patterns.

      August 29, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Lee Oliverio

    I love it! I’m staring at a similar basket right now and you’ve completely inspired me – this old basket is getting a makeover!

    August 29, 2017 at 9:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! That’s so fun to hear. Thanks!

      August 29, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply
  • gwen

    thinking of my garage-sale laundry basket – can’t wait to do something with it! thanks for the great ideas! LOVE yours!

    August 29, 2017 at 9:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s what it’s all about! Go for it!

      August 29, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Janice

    Beautiful job as always.

    August 29, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Janice. 😀

      August 29, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Sherry

    The liner is gorgeous! I like the “crop-a-dile”…a new idea that I can keep keep in mind! You do such good work. I love your blog and you have such a good imagination to see “good” in pieces of junk that are on the curb. You GO, girl!

    August 29, 2017 at 10:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so awesome, Sherry. Thank you for the encouragement.

      August 29, 2017 at 11:45 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Larissa, first let me say that I appreciate your continued prayers for Texas. I’m watching too much tv and internet about the horror, so it’s nice to take my thoughts and eyes away from that and skip over to see your talents at work. I LOVE these baskets and buy them whenever I see them in all sizes. I never would have thought about putting casters on them, and using the plastic ties are a brilliant idea. Loving this idea!

    August 29, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You bet. It’s the least I could do, Patty. Yes, so much to fret over for sure. Thank you for the love!

      August 29, 2017 at 9:50 pm Reply
  • Jauquetta

    Love what you did, I’m so tired of that orangy color! The white wash soothed it out.
    Thank for your prayers for Texas, this area is where I grew up, so distressing. Am old enough to have been in hurricane Carla. We rowed into downtown Port Lavaca to see family. I remember all the snakes in the water.

    August 30, 2017 at 2:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You said it. That orange had to go! hahaha. Thanks, Jauquetta. Sorry to hear how this is affecting you. Continued prayers for all.

      August 30, 2017 at 5:13 am Reply
  • Kelly Mahan

    I really love this laundry cart, it looks just like the one my grandma had. Thank you for the instructions!!

    August 30, 2017 at 2:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! I’m glad to hear you like it. Thank you!

      September 1, 2017 at 6:46 am Reply
  • Elaine

    That turned out adorable! I love the zip tie idea.

    October 1, 2017 at 8:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Elaine. 🙂

      October 3, 2017 at 6:03 am Reply

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