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Vintage Wooden Trash Bin into Laundry Bin

I’m sure many of you, like me, that have lived through an era that has those “artifacts” that we all want to maybe forget. While I adore the simplicity of eras I have had the privilege of living through, this vintage wooden trash bin is one “artifact” I saw grace nearly every home of my friends. For some reason, I never cared for them. haha.

Vintage Wooden Trash Bin Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I think it’s probably because they are usually ill-kept, and had some cute country painting on top. Also, the bags are tucked over the outside edge with the lid holding it in place and left looking messy. Does anyone feel the same? IDK. Maybe it’s just me? This one, however, has a hand-engraved “TRASH” text on top. The best part of this thing is that it’s solid oak and heavy as all get-out.

Hand-Engraved Trash Bin Lid | prodigalpieces.com

Initially, the only thing wrong with it is that it’s filthy. I mean, it did house the family waste from the kitchen. whew!

Inside Vintage Wooden Trash Bin Before | prodigalpieces.com

MAKEOVER TIME

Not only do I plan to change the entire vibe of this oldie-but-goodie, but also change the function. First, I use my wood filler to take care of the “trash” text.

Filling Vintage Wooden Trash Bin Text with Wood Putty | prodigalpieces.com

While that’s curing, I tackle the bottom bin by using my hammer to take it apart. That way, I can sand the side panels easily and give it the love it needs. Buh-bye orange!

Sanding Vintage Wooden Trash Bin | prodigalpieces.com

As soon as I clean up the wood I’m ready to apply an antique white stain. That’s much more my style. woot!

STaining Vintage Wooden Trash Bin with Antique White Stain | prodigalpieces.com

Meanwhile, I head back to tackle the bin lid. I sand off the filler and then paint it all with a neutral seconds paint color. If it wasn’t for the filler, I would sand it down raw too. Then, as a final touch (and if you know me, you know me) I have to add a bit of typography.

Hand-Painted Laundry Topography by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

SOAP N’ SUDS

Fancy this vintage wooden trash bin makeover into a fun laundry bin…because laundry is fun…right? {{wink, wink}}

DIY Farmhouse Bedroom Laundry Bin Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #upcycled

Rustic Farmhouse Laundry Bin from Upcycled Vintage Wooden Trash Bin by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #laundry #diy #home

Honestly, though, I do count every load, every shirt folded, and all the piles of clothes as a testimony to God’s goodness. Having that “chore” means I have my loves around me, I have the ability to launder my clothes for my family, and a place to put it all.

Top View of Hand-Painted Laundry Bin from Repurposed Vintage Wooden Trash Bin by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #laundry #diy #vintage

Open Laundry Bin with Linen Laundry Bag by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #diy

Additionally, the linen bag I stitched up makes the cleaning up chore a snap – just toss it all in! And, I know that every mom loves shortcuts to chores. Right?!? Also, I swapped out the original wooden side handles for these antique brass bin pulls. Plus, I also painted the hinges on top to match.

Handmade Linen Laundry Bag Made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #linen #laundry #farmhouse

Hand-Painted Laundry Bin with Linen Laundry Bag from Upcycled Vintge Wooden Trash Bin by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #laundry #linen #farmhouse #vintage

THANKFUL

Maybe this week, try doing your laundry with a smile and say a prayer over each of your loves as you fold their clothes. I know it makes me savor the moment much more. In any event, I’m always about inspiring you to have a go at creating your own home story. There are so many ways to skip the box-store decor and make your home your own.

Antique Brass Bin Pulls on DIY Laundry Bin Upcycled from Vintage Wooden Trash Bin by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #laundry #diy #homedecor

Antique Washboard in Farmhouse Bedroom by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse

If you’d like to add this laundry bin to your home story, you can find it and much more available in my online shop. My inventory is always changing, so stop by to see!

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In addition, let’s inspire others to look past the obvious damage or dated finds and create. I know I love seeing what others do too!

A vintage wooden trash bin is transformed into a farmhouse laundry bin by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #upcycled

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Comments

  1. Noelle says

    Thank you for rescuing this cute bin from the orange! It looks so nice now!

    • Larissa says

      bwahahaha! Right? I don’t know what my issue is with that color because I love pumpkins and squash, but…just not on my furniture.

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    How much happier this little guy is holding laundry instead of trash!! He even looks proud with his new colors, lettering and sweet linen bag!!! LOVE!!!!💕❤️💕

    • Larissa says

      You made my giggle! The stink alone while sanding was all I could muster. I feel it says “Thank you” now. haha. Thanks, Rebecca!

  3. Niki says

    Teehee!! We really are kindred spirits. I didn’t like the wooden trash bins either. They are too heavy of a wood piece, and the moldings usually very heavy as well. I have seen geese or hearts painted on them in mauve with that awful blue shade paired with it- typical of 80’s farmhouse decor.
    This works as a laundry bin/hamper. It turned out great. I like the linen bag insert and wished I had your sewing abilities. I sew do not 😉.

    • Larissa says

      You crack me up, Niki! haha. Yeah, they just are so odd to me. That blue…hearts..and geese! No more. 😀

  4. Rita says

    Definitely better for laundry then trash. The linen bag is a big plus. The trash bin is a “Trashure”.

    • Larissa says

      You got that right. haha. Thanks, Rita. I am so glad you like it.

  5. Mary says

    Oh, this makeover turned out SO sweet!! What a difference. I love doing laundry too, folding it, thinking of my loved ones wearing it all clean and smellin’ good. The washable liner was the icing on the cake 🙂 This is by far the cutest laundry hamper I have ever seen! Beautiful transformation Larissa!

    • Larissa says

      It truly is a treat and am so thankful. And, thank YOU for making me smile, Mary. Hugs!

  6. Carroll Xavier says

    Can’t believe it’s the same bin…gorgeous! How you find such creative transformations always impresses me. Love it!

    • Larissa says

      Carroll, you sure made my day. Thank you! Funny that I find inspiration in a trash bin, right? haha. That makes it all the more fun for me.

  7. Joanne H. says

    Nice work! That conversion really is a huge upgrade. I like the white stain and the complimentary color of the painted top. AND the stenciling.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much, Joanne. I hope I did it justice. The fun part for me is creating my typography design and then painting it on by hand – kinda like art therapy. 😉

  8. Wendi S says

    I have one of these that I rescued from the curb and have been trying to figure out how to make it over! Thanks for the great idea!

    • Larissa says

      Congrats on the awesome #trashure score, Wendi. It’s such fun to re-invent different pieces.

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