Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Laundry Hamper: Drab to Fab

I've been totally overwhelmed and drowning in adoption paperwork lately and tonight I really needed to take a break and do something different.....when I was going over my mental "to-do" list, I thought of my boring, drab, blah laundry hamper.  I spend enough time with this thing ~ might as well cutesy it up a bit!


No, it doesn't normally sit in the middle of our living room, but that's where I do most of my projects.  And please, when you look at this picture, try to ignore all the baby toys, the empty Dunkin' Donuts bag, the 4th of July decorations that are still out, and the fact that yep, there's dirty laundry in the hamper (which could stand to meet an iron).  The hamper certainly serves it's purpose, and was really inexpensive, but it's just so boring.  Enter my love of all things labeled.

I grabbed my favorite chipboard letters (same ones I used to stencil on the porch swing) and some fabric paint.  I first traced the letters...


and then, totally ignoring the paint's instructions to lay the fabric flat, I painted in the letters.  Super easy!


So "gentle" went downhill a smidge.  That's probably due to my refusal to measure.  But I'm still happy with the finished product!



Anybody else crafting to relieve stress tonight?


Linking up to a few of my favorites ~ go check them out!

17 comments:

A Vintage Green said...

nice, very nice. great idea.

Tanya said...

Love it...that turned out great!

Pat said...

Cute...Could certainly use that in my laundry room.

Jenny @ An Apple for the Crafter said...

Measuring is overrated! I love it!

Yes! Yolanda said...

I love this! I had one of those bins & got rid of it because no one followed the sorting rule anyhow. Wish I had seen this before I tossed it! Brilliant! Your newest follower from the 'whatever goes' blog hop. Hope you can stop by sometime- Yolanda

Michelle Paige said...

Super cute laundry bins! I always craft to relieve stress. When I'm super crabby my husband often suggests I spend some alone time in my craft room! :)

Jamie said...

Looks great. I need to do this to mine. More the Merrier Monday will be open until tonight at midnight. I would love for you to stop by and link up your hamper. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

The DIY Show Off said...

Super cute! I love labels too ~ great job! ;)

The Pennington Point said...

I love it! It's practical and cute...the perfect combination. Lisa~

Susie said...

You're very good at those stencils! That turned out really cute!

Jen @ lil Mop Top said...

Turned out super cute! I am going to be redoing my hamper too, but unforunately mine it too stained to do an easy face-lift. I will actually have to SEW...boooo!! :)

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

Great addition! I love the font that you used! Hope that you get all of your paperwork figured out! :)

Tracy @ CraftJunkieToo.com said...

Hopping over from The Frugal Girls linky party…..
Love this project! Wonderful tutorial!!
I invite you to link up this FABULOUS project at my linky party this week and join us every Thursday evening (through Tue.) to share your wonderful projects. :)
Tracy
Craft Junkie Too

Buffie said...

Such a good idea! Love it.

Buffie
http://papercuts4u.blogspot.com/

Stephanie said...

Such a great idea! I love the font you used and the color too! It adds so much character. I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stache Party" page on my blog: mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com

Modern Wivelyhood said...

Super cute idea, the font and color are perfect! I featured this on my Friday 5, have a fantastic weekend!
www.modernwivelyhood.blogspot.com

Ladybird Ln said...

Is this hamper husband proof? I love this idea, and I do craft to relieve stress, and I do love your picture of your family room, because it shows we are all human!

Carlee
www.ladybirdln.com

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