Last, but not least, the third part of my flashback 80’s heart cut-out makeover trilogy is today. Yay! First, I redid a wooden bin seen HERE. Second, I redid an vintage bread box in this post. Today, is all about this beauty about to become a farmhouse laundry bin.
This ol’ beauty has a whole lotta potential. Do you see it? It may be lacking in spunk, but I’ll fix that in jiffy. tee hee!
What is does have going for it is that it’s solid built, not stinky (key!), and function. All win for me, though the finish is lacking the pep I’d like to see in my home.
First, I wipe it all down to get it ready for paint. I begin with the interior using this nice neutral color.
It brightened it up, which is nice because although a laundry bin is for dirty clothes, it doesn’t have to look like a dungeon.
Next, while the interior was curing, I went about getting the exterior prepped. Since I’m going for an aged appeal, I used an old candle to rub the spots that would normally receive wear. You can also use this method for a different effect.
After that, I use a flat black and give this farmhouse laundry bin a coat of paint.
And, because I like to add a little spunk to my recreated pieces, I used my transfer method to add some vintage typography to the front.
After that, I used a damp cloth to wet distress the places I had previously waxed.
To seal it all in and add a bit of depth, I used my black wax and buffed it to a dull lustre.
Isn’t that vintage advertisement fun? It made me giggle out loud because I found this bin at the Goodwill thrift store…get it…Goodwill soap? woot!
Those heart cut-outs are still there, but no longer have the cutesy feel. Plus, they add a bit of softness to the bin and serve a venting purpose too.
We all know that doing laundry is a chore of love for those that are precious to us. Maybe this fun bin will make it easier to get the dirty clothes where they belong? (wishful mother speaking…)
Likewise, if you’d like to make this bin your own, you can find it available in my online shop (SOLD) along with all of my other redeemed furniture, vintage finds, and handmade goods.
I hope you’ve enjoyed not only this makeover, but the other two as well. It’s fun for me to share my inspiration and methods with intent to inspire.
In addition, do pin and share this farmhouse laundry bin to inspire others too.