Pamper the Hamper: Some DIY TLC

I bought an old hamper, because I thought it might fit in just the right spot in my apartment – which it does! It’s made of metal, and I think the design is cute . . . plus, for $5? Where can you go wrong, am I right? buy an old hamper

After it was finally painted (RUSTOLEUM ALL THE WAY, BABY!!)and I had changed the knobs (courtesy of home depot and a screwdriver, it was time to address the dilapidated and unsightly top. Since I had a bunch of old tiles laying around, I messed around with them and wound up with this:

Place the TilesBut how to keep them in place? Nobody wants loose tile floating around their hamper. If it ever fell over it’d be a huge mess. Unfortunately, I sort of decided that I’m afraid of grout. Grout-phobia. It’s a terrible thing. SO, I decided to try Resin for the first time. I got myself some “Parks” super glaze (also from Home Depot, and recycled my Starbucks cups into measuring containers.

Ready the Resin

Just so you know, when people say Resin has a strong smell, they aren’t kidding. . . the stuff is POTENT! Basically pretty easy to use, though, you just mix and pour. . . and if you don’t want your cat to get resined into your cute little table-top, you might also plan to cover it while it sets! I recommend Glad Press’n Seal, which you can find at any old grocery store!

Pour it and Protect itI’m pretty pleased with the results, and I love the new hallway hamper!

The Finished Product!

Published by Abby

Dabbling in decoratives is an ongoing obsession. I love having a go at This, That and the Other. . . tackling projects that tickle my fancy, hoarding costumes (for the "Someday" that I own a dress-up tea-house for grown-ups) and hosting themed parties whenever I am not immersed in teaching French and Writing to high school students. In the interest of full transparency, there's something serious you should know: I overuse the ellipsis . . . frequently. Embarassingly enough, it seems to be the punctuation that best captures my stream of thought as it flits off of one subject and towards the next!

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