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Laundry Hamper Makeover

Do you ever have that feeling of being watched? I literally feel like every time I walk into a thrift store all the geese and heart-cutouts from the 80’s are staring at me. It’s as if they are beckoning me to put them out of their misery. hee hee hee. My friend, Mandy, now send me pics of the geese she encounters in her ministry. When she saw this laundry hamper, she instantly thought of me. See what I mean? Hilarious! Not only will this get new life, but also, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday where my blogger friends are joining me too.

Vintage Goose Laundry Hamper Before with Liner | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I mean, I look like a goose, right? kidding…kidding. If you look close, you can see the original artist’s name and the name of the art: “Wessies Love Song, Spring by Estelle Schenk. Maybe this was painted with a beloved goose in mind?

Hand-Painted Goose on Vintage Laundry Hamper | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

And how about the hamper lid? And so, we totally have an 80’s vibe going on.

Vintage Laundry Hamper Lid | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

THE BACKSTORY

I know many of you begrudge the chore of laundry day. To be honest, I see it differently. Not only do I count it a blessing to have machines that allow me to toss my dirty in a washing machine and dryer with a push of a button, but also I have my loves to take care of. One day they won’t be here, and I cherish these days. It sure beats the laundromat during college days!

With that in mind, you may be wondering what in the world I’m going to do with this. Well, let me give you a little backstory. When Mandy first showed this hamper, I laughed out loud. The goose caught me funny, and I told her that I would have to think on taking it home. That day, however, I went home without it because I wasn’t sure if I had supplies in my stash to work with it.

HIDE & SEEK

Meanwhile, the next time I stop by, I see it again and can’t decide what to do. Mandy asks again (with a giggle) if the goose will be following me home. I told her I still wasn’t sure but would decide. I couldn’t resist the challenge. ahem.

First, let’s take a look at what I have to work with. Peg board attached to corner round in the corners with a simple frame.

Inside Laundry Hamper Frame | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This takes me to the “scrap” I mentioned. I had a length of beadboard leftover from my bookcase makeover recently. It turns out I have just enough to do what I need to do. I break out my saw and cut it to fit.

Cutting Beadboard for Laundry Bin Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Covering 80's Goose Laundry Hamper with Beadboard | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This will not only add style, but that lightweight peg board needs durability for storage of the loads of dirty clothes and dirty laundry.

Next, I take my nailer and attach the panels right into those corners while also using wood glue.

Applying Beadboard to Vintage Laundry Hamper | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After that, I add trim to the corners, as well as the top so that the lid actually fits. In addition, I sand down the lid and paint it a soft, neutral color. Then, while that is curing, I stain the laundry hamper cabinet an antique white stain. Not all stains are dark and dreary.

Staining DIY Laundry Hamper by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

FINISHING TOUCHES

Last, here’s the result of my goose vision, an updated, more sturdy, more stylish hamper with a bit of my favorite addition…typography. No need to tuck this cutie in a closet.

DIY Farmhouse Laundry Hamper with Beadboard by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces } prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #laundry

Top View Laundry Hamper by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #vintage

These are not only handy in bedrooms, but also in bathrooms to contain that load of laundry as well.

Open Farmhouse Laundry Bin by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #laundry

Side View of Beadboard Laundry Hamper by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #laundry #homedecor

The funny thing is…the goose is still in there hiding! tee hee hee!

DIY Beadboard Laundry Room Hamper for Dorm Room by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #woodworking #laundry

With this in mind, tell me…what would you have done with that crazy goose? You could even turn it into a laundry sorter, or even add handles too. As always, my intention is to inspire you to create your own home story with your dated items or even your “new” found ones. Are you feeling inspired?

Above all, if you’d like to make this laundry hamper a part of your home story, you can find this and more available in my online shop. Further, if you sign up for my email newsletter, you’ll get a discount code to use on checkout.

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A dated 80's goose laundry bin gets a farmhouse style makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #makeover

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In addition to leaving some comment love below, do pin and share this makeover to inspire others. Whatever happens, ya never know when another goose is going to find you! {{wink, wink}}

Turn those dated pieces into farmhouse decor. A laundry hamper gets the makeover of a lifetime by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    No one can handle geese or laundry hampers like you!! You’re the pro!!!! 😂 But seriously, another amazing reinvention by the queen of creative ideas!! 😍

    • Larissa says

      I feel like I need to incorporate a heart and goose into my logo. haha!! Thanks so much for the giggle, Rebecca.

  2. Ei Con says

    Another design ‘standard ‘ that defined a decade (2010s?) is ‘monkeys and palm trees’. I laugh when I see that trend in decor and artwork in every thrift store. Oh but I did love it so at the time.

    • Larissa says

      haha!! And flamingos! That is too funny. We all have to have our stories, right?

  3. Niki says

    Way better! My M-I-L is finally getting rid of her 80’s kitchen this winter and I couldn’t be happier. No more blue and mauve with geese wall paper border. I’m sure this hamper will get way more use now!

    • Larissa says

      Oh my goodness…that made me giggle!! Good for her (& you). Thanks for the smiles, Niki! 😀

  4. Michele M. says

    Great job- not sure how you salvage some of those things!

    Country geese of the 1980s. Yep. Bye bye lol. Well done.

    • Larissa says

      ya know it!! 😀 I couldn’t resist this challenge. I’m glad you like it, Michele.

  5. Wanda says

    I would have freshened it up with blue paint, left the goose but freshened up too…because my mom’s kitchen is blue with geese in all shapes and sizes! She used a goose napkin ring to drape each window valance through, she has geese cabinet knobs, and we enjoy finding new geese for her collection! It’s her happy decor and I like adding to it! LOL

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