DIY Wooden Laundry Hamper Makeover

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I am NOT a fan of doing laundry. I am a BIG fan of having nice, clean, fresh-smelling clothing and linens, but it’s just the DOING LAUNDRY part that I don’t like. So, I find that if I make improvements in the way I handle the laundry or the tools I use in doing it, I can make it more enjoyable. This goes for both the washing “ingredients” like detergent and fabric softener, as well as for other necessary laundry tools like laundry baskets.

Suavitel at Walmart

I recently discovered Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™, which I picked up at Walmart. This in-wash scent booster is an easy way to give up to five times longer lasting scent to your laundry. It’s available in two fragrances: Field Flowers and Lavender. I LOOOOVE the scent of lavender, so I had to buy that one, along with Suavitel® liquid fabric conditioner in lavender scent too. I’m loving the new lavender-y (that’s a word, right?) scent of our laundry. It smells so good! (When you stop at Walmart, keep your eyes open for Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ on select Suavitel® liquid fabric conditioners in store.)

A project that has been on my laundry rehab “to do” list for a while is this DIY Wooden Laundry Hamper Makeover. Years ago I bought this awesome antique laundry hamper at an estate sale. For a long time it sat in our spare room unused, but then when we moved into our new house and needed a smaller hamper, it went into action. The problem is that it looked HORRIBLE in our nicely redecorated room. So, it was time to finally give it the facelift it needed.

Believe it or not, this was actually a fairly simple project and seeing how easy it was, I wish I had done it years ago! You can accomplish the same with any wooden hamper or furniture piece from a thrift store/garage sale – or even use it on a brand new item to give it a more a custom feel.

DIY Wooden Laundry Hamper Makeover Supplies

DIY Wooden Laundry Hamper Makeover

Supplies Needed:

Wooden Laundry Hamper
Latex Paint
Paint Brush
Wall Decal (I got mine from Zazzle)
Cardboard, plastic or newspaper to cover your work area


  • Clean your hamper and sand down any rough spots.
  • Paint entire hamper. If original color shows through one coat or paint looks even, paint a second time after allowing first coat to thoroughly dry.
  • Affix wall decal as decoration.

DIY Wooden Laundry Hamper Makeover Project

The thing I love about using a wall decal for decoration is that I am able to easily peel it off and replace with another design if I get tired of the look. I do love this one, however, because it has a pretty floral theme that reminds of how fresh my laundry will smell once it is washed with my Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™. It’s kind of an added encouragement to get that laundry out of the hamper and washed!

What do YOU do to try to make your laundry routine more enjoyable?

About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 9-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    That came out awesome. You did a really good job with it 🙂

  2. What a great hamper! I love the way it came out. It’s so much nicer than the plastic thing we currently use.

  3. How pretty! That turned out so good! I love DIY wood and stuff, I just wish I was as Crafty!

  4. That’s such a cute color and I love the design. I’d love having a hamper as pretty as that one.

  5. What a beautiful makeover! I love how it turned out!

  6. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This is such a cute hamper. I have not tried the Fragrance Pearls yet. I will have to pick some up and give them a try.

  7. That hamper is great! Now I am on the hunt for a new piece of furniture to repurpose!

  8. Catherine S says:

    You did a really great job refinishing the hamper. I will have to check out the Fragrance Pearls. The only time laundry is enjoyable for me is when my husband does it.

  9. The hamper turned out great. haven’t tried the fragrance pearls

  10. Is it odd I don’t mind doing laundry all that much? I grew up with numerous friends that used Suavitel so the scent really brings back some wonderful memories.

  11. I love that hamper! It turned out great

  12. Wow, the hamper looks amazing1 Great way to decorate your dirty laundry 🙂

  13. This is such a great DIY project, it turned out so nice. Laundry isn’t my favorite chore but i do love the smell of freshly cleaned clothes.

  14. I love the idea of adding on wall decals! I have an old cabinet in my basement that I may have to make over like this, this summer!

  15. I love this laundry basket makeover! Just in time because I need a new laundry basket anyways!! Great DIY!

  16. Wow! I can’t believe how amazing this laundry hamper turned out! I wish I had the knack of being able to do stuff like this.

  17. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says:

    Lavender is one of my favorite scents! Love your makeover on the hamper.

  18. Love the new look of your hamper. We keep laundry fun here by letting our 4 year old help. You never really know how that will turn out!

  19. So impressed. I like the blue color that you choose for the hamper.

  20. You did an awesome job with the hamper! I’ll have to check out these pearls.

  21. Hampers are usually so blah, I love this. You did such a great job and now you have me thinking! It’s almost tag sale time here- time to get my craft on!

  22. What a great idea. Turned out really well. I love to upcycle. It has been one of my favorite forms of craft for about 20 years now. I have often discussed how I need to turn it into a business of my own.

  23. What a great way to make laundry more attractive. You did a good job with your makeover!

  24. Chrysa this looks fabulous! It is amazing what a little bit of paint will do. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Carly Brydon says:

    I LOVE the paint color you chose! It’s so cute!

  26. Samantha K says:

    Such an easy project that looks amazing! I love the decal and it looks very spring-y! #client

  27. Debbie Denny says:

    Great job on that. Looks so awesome.

  28. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    What a cute idea! This looks great.

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