Painting a rattan laundry hamper

The interior view of re-painted laundry basket with custom liner

We are still working on Angry Kid’s room makeover.  Yes, it has been since January.  The Angry Family is quite busy.  I constantly walk around Angry Kid’s room and find more projects to do, or project’s for my husband to do.

The latest project was his laundry hamper.  Angry Kid had a white rattan laundry hamper and green gingham liner from Pottery Barn Kid’s.  He’s had the same laundry hamper since he was born.  His room used to a be a frog theme long ago.  Angry Husband was fine with the white hamper, but it drove me nuts.  Cause it didn’t match the current theme.

Pottery Barn Kids Wicker Laundry Basket

We started off with the white version of this rattan hamper.  I didn’t realize that I paid that much for it when I originally bought it.  Angry Husband used some matte black primer spray paint that he already had in the garage.  We (ok he) spray painted over a period of three days.  The hamper actually took about four cans of spray paint.  We already had three, so it didn’t cost us that much.  The tricky part about all of the spray painting was the holes and grooves in the rattan.

You have to make sure that you thoroughly get the paint on the inside and outside of the wicker.  Angry Husband had done three coats of paint, when I noticed white rattan peeking through.  So he sprayed one last final coat of paint on the basket.

I then realized that we still needed to figure out the hamper liner problem.  I had the current (green gingham) liner.  I looked online and did not see any liners that fit our current color scheme.  Luckily, I have this AWESOME and EXTREMELY TALENTED friend, who also sews.  I went to lunch with this friend, KELLY, and asked her about the liner.  She told me that it was super simple and to go buy the fabric.

I arrived at Kelly’s house, later that afternoon with my three yards of fabric.  I bought extra fabric just in case.  My trip to the fabric store was quite an experience.  I didn’t realize how hard it was to get solid colored fabric.  Kelly was able to match the dimensions of the original liner and she made me a new one.

I showed it to Angry Husband when I got home that night.  He was impressed.  This is why I am friends with creative crafty people, you never know when you might need help with a project.

I’m really happy with the results of our rattan project.  The black spray paint made the laundry hamper look brand new.  Can you imagine all the wonderful colors that you could paint, rattan? The ideas are endless.  Just think of all the rattan trash baskets, chairs, and tables just sitting around in your garage. I saved a ton of money by just using a little spray paint.

We have one more project left and Angry Kid’s room will finally be finished.  Hopefully, we can get it done by the end of the summer.  That is my goal.

11 comments
Gloria @ White Wicker Hamper
Gloria @ White Wicker Hamper

I never thought a black finish for a rattan hamper looks this good. I am thinking of converting all my old rattan furniture to black.

Johnnie Pea
Johnnie Pea

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.--George Bernard Shaw (1856--1950), Irish playwright

Gillian
Gillian

This is a fantastic idea!! It came out great!

Becky K.
Becky K.

I love that you did this makeover as a tag team. Working with husband and friend. It is very cute! Becky K. Hospitality Lane

Ificould
Ificould

Wow! That looks great- what a good idea

lucy @ lucille in the sky
lucy @ lucille in the sky

Great blog you have here! I'm not much of a crafter these days, but I have it in me. Maybe when my baby gets a little older. First I have to start and finish her scrapbook...until then, I enjoy reading about other people's crafts and daydreaming about potential projects around my house. Following! And thanks for helping me discover Gravatars :)

Neuffj
Neuffj

What a super cute idea. I know I have saved a few pieces of furniture with a lil spray paint. I am your newest follower! I LOVE your blog design!

Jennifer
Jennifer

Wow, I love the transformation! You're lucky to have such a loving hubby and creative friend :)

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

My son has a scrapbook with three pages. He is five. I started a family blog when he was 5 months old. I no longer stress about those pretty papers, and stickers.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Thanks for following. I'm really liking spray paint lately, and wow it is so cheap.

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