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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Organizing with a French Hamper

Hi everyone.  
Are you all still trying to get your first of the year organization done like I am?  I have to say I am still on my quest to get a few things organized around here.  I have to admit I have not made a huge difference as I have been a bit under the weather.  I have a small project I put together to organize my out of control yarn supply  - a cute little French Hamper that I think you will enjoy.  I am also joining with the ladies of A Dose of DIY today.  This month's theme is, of course, organization. Just in time for me to get this little hamper off my to do list and into a functional state.

I found this rather drab old hamper at Good Will and picked it up thinking I could use it in some way.

using an old hamper to organize yarn

Not too pretty - woven raffia or reeds of some sort and dull.  It was quite dirty and needed a good cleaning also. So I set to work on cleaning it before I did any kind of rehab to it.

an old hamper recycled and painted to look like a French Hamper

As you can see the inside was lined with an unattractive brown fabric that really needed to be discarded - so I removed it and discarded it.  Then cleaned the inside also.

an old hamper made new with paint, stenciling and new fabric lining

I then painted the outside with a very pretty grey - Valspar's Gravity.  I had a sample jar of it and it actually took almost the whole jar to get a decent coverage. This color reminds me so much of many of the French baskets and hampers I have seen. I then traced the letter "C" on the front and painted it with some black chalkboard paint.  I had thought of doing more to it but really wanted to keep it quite simple for now.

an old hamper recycled with paint, stenciling, and fabric

I had several yards of black French Toile fabric on hand that I picked up years ago and have been wanting to use on something.  So I decided this was the perfect project - lining the inside of the hamper.  It was an easy project and I have no photos of the process because my head is not thinking right at this time. (Colds give me a fuzzy brain) All I did was cut a square for the top and hot glue it into place.  Then I cut one to fit the bottom and hot glued it into place.  

an old hamper made new by painting, stenciling and lining with fabric

This is a better picture of it with the lid open.  I really am loving the finished piece - it definitely is a contrast to what it was.  I started crocheting a lot this past year  - I have been sharing a few afghans with you - and have accumulated quite a bit of leftover yarns.  I need to store them somewhere  besides the bottom of my closet. I decided this little hamper is the perfect place.

recycling an old hamper to look like a French Hamper to organize yarn with

It fits perfectly under my French sewing table and is quite handy to get to should I need some of that yarn. 

an old hamper made new with paint, stenciling and fabric lining.

I really am pleased with how it turned out. I know that I will get a lot of use out of it. And now I have one more hot spot corralled and organized.  Now to get to the rest of that list.
Don't forget to check out the links below for the rest of those great organizational ideas that are being shared.  I know you'll find something you'll love.  
Until next time enjoy creating something you love. 


  1. This is great - love how it looks now!

  2. What a transformation! Love the added toile fabric.

  3. Goodwill really has some awesome finds. I've been seeing so many shared recently. I love the way you revamped it. That toile fabric is gorgeous!

  4. I love this! I always say that if a good basket or bin is on sale or low cost always buy if! I can always find a use for those!

  5. I can't believe you found that at good will, great makeover!

  6. How cute is that hamper! Love it. Thank your for sharing it on SYC. Jo

  7. This turned out so cute!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  8. It looks so much better! I like that you have also lined it with that lovely material. I'm in the middle of a similar project myself, I have already painted it I just need to add the finishing touches - hopefully mine will turn out as nice as yours!

  9. Great makeover Cathy! Thank you for choosing my sign as a feature of the week over @ Tammy's party. I really appreciate that you liked it!

  10. Cathy, I really love the makeover! The new color and the toile fabric is perfect!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. I love your new hamper. Please come over and help me organize my stuff!

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

  12. Love your basket in white, Cathy, and personalized with your initial. The black and white toile was an excellent choice for the interior--I love toile! Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm.

  13. I noticed you said, you used a jar of paint. Would'nt it have been easier, to use spray paint? Valspar, has beautiful color selections in their spay paints.