Saturday, November 12, 2016

23 A Quick Bathroom Update: Painted Clothing Hamper

Although we have a couple of larger projects happening around the house right now, when they start to drag out, I start to seek out some instant gratification. I think that is why I have always loved organizing; because you don't typically need much, and you can have a feel good moment within a short amount of time. Working on our home has always been a passion, so whether we are doing an entire room makeover, or quickly painting a piece of furniture, I am enjoying it.

As I was unpacking from some recent travels, a sore spot in our bathroom caught my eye.


Some time ago I had a product leak through a basket sitting on the hamper, and I didn't catch it fast enough. It ultimately ate away the paint and left an ugly spot on the surface.


So I have just been styling the hamper with decorative items to cover the spot, but as we use and move things, it tends to come out of hiding.

I instantly decided that it was time to finally do something about it. You know, for that quick gratification I was after. I had also purchased a beautiful new art print for the bathroom that was waiting to be framed and hung, so I figured I would also get on that while I was at it. Within seconds, I was cleaning all of my belongings off of the top of the hamper, wiping it down, and installing some leftover marble contact paper to the top.


Fixed! And it looked quite pretty!


But no matter how much I styled it, it didn't feel right and it didn't feel like it fit our bathroom. And the amount of the white just wasn't working in the space as a whole. I knew the items that I wanted to stay because I use them so frequently, but I played around with a few different variations. So while I liked where things were heading, especially once I started bringing in some warmer wood tones in the form of a stool and tray, something still felt a little stark and unbalanced to me.


I planned on painting the bun feet of the hamper because they were chipping, but what if I painted the entire thing? Maybe something darker to add a little weight and drama and to really pull out the colors in the beautiful new art? Feeling a little frustrated that my instant gratification goal was starting to wear off, I decided to Photoshop in a navy hamper option.


I liked it enough to grab a quart of paint and go for it! The hamper is at least five years old so I figured some paint could really give it new life. And it has been awhile since I made over a piece of furniture so I was all in. I selected Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy color matched to Behr's Marquee Paint in an eggshell finish (interior paint and primer in one).


I have shared tips for painting furniture before so I didn't document the step by step with photos, but it really couldn't have been easier and basically it went like this:

  • Wipe down entire furniture piece with cleaner and soft rag
  • Once dry, sand entire piece with fine grit sanding block
  • Wipe down entire piece again with damp rag to remove sanding dust
  • Tape off interior of pull out bins
  • Use an angled brush to cut in edges and a small smooth surface roller to roll top and flat sections
  • Repeat by painting a second coat the following day
  • Let cure 


Bye, bye yucky top! Hello pretty and dramatic new hamper!


Although it took me two extra days, I still love the ultimate outcome of this little wall in our bathroom.


On a separate note, have you guys tried dry brushing? And if so, what do you think? It is a newer thing for me but I sort of dig it!

Because the brush was always just landing on the hamper, I decided to add a small knob next to the art and give the brush a more permanent home.


I have also been trying to soak in a bath at least once a week with some salts, so a large glass vessel with a scoop has been encouraging that stress relieving activity.



I did find the little wood stool recently, and I have to say that after months of looking for one every time I walked through a Marshalls or HomeGoods, I was probably a little over-the-top happy as I ran through the aisles to grab this darling one once the stars finally aligned.


It is the perfect place for me to set my towel while I shower, or a glass of wine and a candle while I bathe.


I tend to use lotion and little perfume daily, and also added some fresh flowers for fun. That is all that I needed to finish off this small update.


One more look at the beautiful art that really inspired me to add a bolder hue to the hamper. I have been a long time Teil Duncan fan and I am so excited to finally have a gorgeous print in our home. Her use of color is always inspiring to me, and I love the edginess of her work.


What a difference some art, paint and a few hours makes! Our bathroom feels like a whole new space and I love that I was able to still check something off of our house list this week!


Tell me about a recent update you made that left a dramatic and instant difference in your home. Or maybe a story about how one little thing led to another and another and another... Isn't that how it always goes?

PRODUCT SOURCES:

Hamper | Paint (color matched to BM Hale Navy) | Paint Brush | Roller | Stool | Wood Tray | Bud Vase | Skin Brush | Wall Knob | Glass Jar | Frame | Frame Brackets | Art 


23 comments:

  1. What a huge difference a small update makes! I especially love the print and the stool is perfect in that space. I've tried using Hale Navy on several projects but I always find it feels too cold in my home. Do you have any other go-to Navy choices?

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    1. Hi Megan!
      I have used Martha Stewart's Wrought Iron and it was a warmer navy that I loved, but I am not sure they can still color match it since her paint line was discontinued at Home Depot. Another one you may like is Gentleman's Gray by Benjamin Moore.

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  2. What color paint did you use? It is beautiful!

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  3. Looks lovely. I want to do a dramatic change in my kitchen by painting my cupboards. They are in cherrywood with a opaque stain. Would you use a regular paint in eggshell finish or something stronger like a melamine paint? I have 4 children and my kitchen takes a beating :) Thanks

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    1. Hi Judith,

      Great question! We painted our old kitchen cabinets years ago by using an oil based primer and then two coats of an enamel latex paint, and although they took a few months to fully cure, they held up great to general wear and tear. An enamel generally takes time to harden, but once it does, it is a great option for longevity. Also, the best paint I have ever used for furniture in terms of coverage and durability was from the Sherwin Williams in their ProClasic Enamel - they have both oil: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/products/proclassic-alkyd-interior-enamel and latex options: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/products/all-surface-enamel-latex-base

      Best of luck with your project! I always find the paint professionals at places like Home Depot, Sherwin and Benjamin Moore to be really helpful with specific product and finish questions as well. :)

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  4. I like it! It's amazing how much one little update can change the mood of the room. Great job!

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  5. Gorgeous! Love the new color and the artwork. I also adore that charming little hook. I used the same ones to update my TV stand awhile back. :)

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    1. They are sweet little knobs, I have a couple of more from my old office and I can't wait to put them to use around the house. :)

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  6. The painted hamper looks great! I've been working on some paint projects and it's so gratifying when they're done!

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  7. Do you mean "dry brushing" as in with paint or is there some kind of dry brushing with a back brush?

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    1. Hi Bambi!

      I suppose being that I painted in this post, I probably should have clarified that! I have done both. :)

      But I was referring to dry skin brushing - here is an article I found on the benefits: http://wellnessmama.com/26717/dry-brushing-skin/

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  8. Gorgeous! Love the pop of color. Makes such a difference!

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  9. I love that painting! So gorgeous! <3

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  10. LOVE this color! I painted an antique dresser almost the same color and I love how it turned out. It's great because navy is still pretty neutral, but it's also a nice pop of color! I love the jar of bath salts too, may have to copy that.
    -Kristen
    www.pugsandpearls.com

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  11. Beautiful update! This is SUPER random, BUT I also use that same perfume, and found out that Anthropologie quit carrying it! Do you know of another source that carries it? I'm savoring the last remaining drops!! :)

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    1. Oh no! I am not sure, I also purchased mine at Anthro. I guess I will be using it sparingly!

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  12. Usually, I've a white-on-white kind of girl, but I love the bold, deep color you used. It really makes that piece pop.

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  13. I see this hamper is in your bathroom. What do you do for hampers for your boys? I have twin girls, and I cannot seem to find a perfect solution to dirty clothes. I have tried several different things. BUT, we have the perfect spot in their bathroom for dirty clothes. Just not sure if I should try something in their room, vs the bathroom. Do you think this hamper would hold up to children using it daily?

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    1. We use to keep a hamper in our hallway closet that the boys shared, but recently made them responsible for their own wash and gave them each a hamper in their own rooms. I really do like keeping ours in the bathroom for the simple fact that is where we tend to change our clothing most (before and after showering). I purchased our hamper at least five years ago, maybe more, and aside from the bun feet chipping the rest of it has held up wonderfully to daily use. I am a fan! When deciding where to place hampers, I always encourage people to just look daily habits and place one near where clothing is generally dropped. It's easier for people to drop clothes in a hamper in their normal changing spot than to get them to change their habit all together by moving their routine to a new location. Hope that makes sense. :)

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  14. I like it but I also liked the white with the marble contact paper. I wish you had left the marble contact paper top, could have looked cool with the navy.

    The finished picture with painting and accessories look gorgeous as always.

    Do you have a tutorial for the marble contact paper?

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    1. I agree that alone the marble top was really pretty. I think because I also have a white vanity with a gray top and a tall white cabinet on the other side of the room with mable gray tiles that it just felt "off" in this space in particular. You can read more about the paper and application in this older post here: http://www.iheartorganizing.com/2014/02/ooh-la-la-marble-top-coffee-table.html. I think since my original post Amazon has added some comparable marble paper options that have come down in cost too. :)

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    2. Thanks Jen! I remember that post! Very cool.

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  15. A lovely update! Have you considered changing the knobs on the hamper too? A warmer brass or gold maybe?

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