Farmhouse Laundry Bin ~ Thrift Store Makeover

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.

Vintage 80's Laundry Bin Before |

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.

Vintage Laundry Bin Carved Top |

Inside of Vintage Laundry Bin |


First, I wipe it all down to get it ready for paint. I begin with the interior using my 2″ angled brush and this nice neutral color.

Painting Laundry Bin Interior |

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.

Waxing Bin with Old Candle for Distressed Effects |


After that, I use a flat black and give this farmhouse laundry bin a coat of paint.

Painting Farmhouse Laundry Bin |

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.

Hand-Painted Typography on Farmhouse Laundry Bin |

After that, I used a damp cloth to wet distress the places I had previously waxed.

Wet Distressing Farmhouse Laundry Bin by Prodigal Pieces |

To seal it all in and add a bit of depth, I used my black wax and buffed it to a dull lustre.


Here’s my farmhouse laundry bin all decked out and ready to go. Farmhouse Style Bedroom with Vintage Laundry Bin Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

Rustic Farmhouse Laundry Bin by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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!

Rustic Chic Laundry Bin for Farmhouse Industrial Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Inside Farmhouse Laundry Bin Updated by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Those heart cut-outs are still there, but no longer have the cutesy feel. They add a bit of softness to the bin and serve a venting purpose too.

Open Farmhouse Laundry Bin |

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…)

Farmhouse Style Laundry Bin for your Home by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Shop Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Vintage Laundry Bin Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Do pin and share this farmhouse laundry bin to inspire others too.

This 1980's heart cut-out bin needed some pizzazz. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces gave it a much needed makeover with some fun. See the full DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #farmhouse #vintage

Up next, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday time! I’ll be sharing fresh ideas on how to make use of your unwanted Christmas decor. See the afters of these snowman items HERE.

Thrifted Snowman Christmas Decor Before Makeover |

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Also, more projects like my farmhouse laundry bin:

Create a DIY Rolling Laundry Cart with a thrifted basket. Full details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comGet the Modern Farmhouse Chic Look with these Simple Steps Outlines by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Tammy

    Once again, well done!

    January 2, 2019 at 7:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Tammy.

      January 2, 2019 at 12:11 pm Reply
  • Elaine

    Love the transformation! And the vintage typography really makes it a stand out piece now.

    January 2, 2019 at 8:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I was so stoked to find the graphic. It was perfect! Thank you.

      January 2, 2019 at 12:12 pm Reply
  • Debra A Wise

    Another amazing makeover! The graphic is so cute. Love it.

    January 2, 2019 at 9:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I’m so glad you like it.

      January 2, 2019 at 12:12 pm Reply
  • Lindsay Fay

    I just want to say, all your recent heart cut-out wood decor makeovers inspired me to wander over to the decor section of the thrift store on Saturday (I usually restrict myself to furniture!) I didn’t buy anything, but I thought about it for sure. Maybe next time I’ll actually take the leap! Thanks for inspiring me to think bigger!

    January 2, 2019 at 10:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so fun! I can’t wait to see what you do, Lindsay. 😀

      January 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Nailed it once again, Larissa!! Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2019 at 10:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Same to you. 😉

      January 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Melva

    Great job! Love the transformation! Thanks for the inspiration. Happy 2019!

    January 2, 2019 at 1:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Melva. 🙂

      January 2, 2019 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Debbie

    Yes, you definitely hit the farmhouse look for sure! Love it!!! Can I ask where you find those graphics at? I would love to find some similar to that for some of my pieces.

    January 2, 2019 at 2:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      SCORE!! Thank you for saying so, Debbie. It means the world to me. I have different sources, but one favorite is The Graphics Fairy blog by my friend, Karen. Check it out.

      January 2, 2019 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Jeanette

    Knocked it out of the park, yet again!!!

    January 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! Thank you, Jeanette.

      January 2, 2019 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Tonita

    What a make over. Perfect for your home. That would go so great in my vintage farmhouse. Love that. From one farmhouse to another – Happy New Year.

    January 7, 2019 at 10:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much. 🙂

      January 8, 2019 at 11:38 am Reply
  • Mary

    This is such a wonderful transformation Larissa. I love the dark color and the stencil. It would definitely make a great gift for someone! 😉

    January 9, 2019 at 9:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are gooood… 🙂

      January 9, 2019 at 9:36 pm Reply

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