The Farmhouse Hens Do Thrift Store Makeovers
This month the Farmhouse Hens are collaborating to share thrift store makeovers. My talented friends have been busy upcycling on a budget. I am excited to see what they have designed and created. Their links are located after my post on a DIY Wire Hamper using an Old Thrift Store Table.
Have you seen those gorgeous retro wire laundry baskets? I certainly have and as usual, I wasn’t able to convince myself I needed one enough to pay more than 150 dollars for a laundry hamper. I finally got around to making myself a DIY laundry hamper for about $80 including the 50 feet of wire fencing.
This table was a $10 thrift store find, that I dropped carrying into the house, putting a nice big hole on the top. The table was supposed to go to the curb for over a year and for whatever reason it never did. While searching through the cut wood pile for scraps to make the bottom of the laundry basket I saw the table and realized it was perfect. For today’s project, I am using the top of the table, and plan on making a second smaller basket using the bottom round.
Making the Base
First of all, I needed to repair the damage. I used wall putty then sanded it down. As it was damaged on the edge, it needed three applications and sanding so that I could build up the corner. It then received two coats of turquoise paint that I had leftover from doing an outdoor bench last year.
Once it was painted I went to add the casters. I bought four casters checking for colour and size etc. and brought them home. Only one of the four were swivels although they were in the same bin. Hubs went back to the store and got the casters I needed. You want to make sure you have matching casters that all swivel and at least one should have a brake on it.
Make the Wire Basket
The wire portion of the DIY wire hamper is made using simple galvanized wire gauge fencing. I measured around the circumference of the bottom and then added an inch before cutting the wire the full width of the 36″ fencing. I then cut off the first two rounds, leaving it at 28″.
You can leave the metal as is, but I spray painted mine white and let it dry before continuing.
Wrap the wire around the base and seal the back together like on our dog fence. I looked at both Home Depot and Lowes and could not find what I wanted, so I ended up just wrapping the existing wire around the ends as nicely as possible.
Doing the wire this way was time-consuming, but the wraps look pretty neat and tidy. I used a pair of needle nose pliers to twist the wire and regular pliers to pull the wire and pinch the wire together.
Place the wire over the edge of the bottom. Laying your hamper on its side, line the wire along the edge of your base, making sure it is even all the way around. This coffee table had a ridge along the side that I followed to fill it in, instead of using the top.
To finish the DIY laundry hamper all I needed to do was cut and then wrap the wire around the underside of the base. I cut the wires using a small pair of wire cutters.
Some of the wires needed to be trimmed and twisted, but most of them I could just bend and wrap over the edge of the coffee table top using my fingers.
I finished my hamper off by sewing a Laundry Basket Liner to match the curtains in my laundry room. If you don’t want to make one, you can purchase a fabric liner, or use the wire laundry basket just as it is.
Farmhouse Hen’s Thrift Store Upcycles
Enjoy! I am sure there will be several posts here to inspire you to make something beautiful and one of a kind.
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