French Vintage Inspired Laundry Hamper

French Vintage Inspired Laundry Hamper

The lowly laundry basket can be an object of vintage, chic, even French beauty. The metal laundry basket probably is the best at effecting this lovely vintage look, but a cloth-covered, industrial style container on wheels can give the same effect. Here are two options for a French Vintage Inspired Laundry hamper. Both cheap, chic, sturdy, and large enough to hold three or four loads of laundry.

wire laundry basket
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wire laundry hamper
cloth laundry hamper

I don’t exactly know what vintage French laundry baskets look like. They might, at one time, been made of wicker or rattan,

woven laundry basket
Photo by Cecilia Rodríguez Suárez on Unsplash

Chic Wire and Cloth Laundry Hampers

I actually used to use a large basket as a laundry hamper, until the bottom rotted away because of leaving damp clothes in there. I bet that’s why they started making plastic ones. Your average plastic laundry basket does not have vintage, chic beauty. I guess that’ why I used a real basket.

Wire and cloth are more practical. The wire and cloth baskets, or hampers, can give a chic, “I’m going to the laundromat in Paris in the 1960s feeling.” I don’t know if French people going to the laundromat in the 1960s felt chic and stylish, but these types of laundry hampers or baskets are a great way to add some attitude to your laundry room décor.

Here is the video about two practical, big, inexpensive, and très chic options for a French vintage inspired laundry hamper.

If you prefer to read, the transcript follows right below the video.

Transcript

Hey this is Kathleen at oldworldfarmhouse.com and today I wanted to talk about chic French laundry hampers, so let’s go!

I always wanted a laundry hamper like these ones, like when you went to the laundromat, if you went to the laundromat back in the day with the cool wheels and the baskets. So vintage and sweet. There’s just something so, like, urban cool about it. Um, I just love them they’re like, poetic.

laundromat
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red laundry basket
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white laundry basket
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metal laundry basket
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green laundry basket
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girl in laundry basket
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Laundry Hampers to Feel Like 1960s Paris

So I wanted something like that for my house, and I didn’t want to like, you know, steal one from the laundromat. And I don’t know where they source them from. There’s probably some supplier where you have to buy like a thousand at a time. I don’t know.

A few years ago I read an article on Apartment Therapy. It was a tutorial for this laundry hamper.

It said, you want a laundry hamper that makes you feel like Jean Seberg in 1960s Paris, but you can’t buy one, so you’re going to have to make one. I was hooked. I was like, I want to feel like Jean Seberg in 1960s Paris when I do laundry. So I marched myself out to Lowe’s and I got chicken wire and this little wooden thing and some little wheels on casters and I followed the directions and I have been using this as my laundry hamper ever since.

wire laundry hamper

Vintage Industrial Style Laundry Hamper

Since I made these hampers, I actually made two of them, I’ve always kind of looked around for budget chic industrial laundry hampers. And I never really found anything that I thought was any good, design-wise or price-wise. Until I recently found this cool one by Seville Classics. And it is actually really reasonably priced. And I’ve been watching it for a while, and it was on sale on Overstock for like 60 bucks. No shipping charges. But I’ve seen them often for about that price, and I put it together.

cloth laundry hamper

I just wanted to do a quick video and share with you these two really budget-friendly options for a chic 1960s-in- Paris style laundry hamper so you can feel fabulous while you’re doing your laundry. Because I know I like to. I will definitely link out to the Apartment Therapy tutorial they did on this one.

French Vintage Inspired Laundry Hamper Made From Apt. Therapy Tutorial

I just want to show you, um, how it works. So this is from the Army-Navy store. It’s a laundry bag that just lifts. When I take this downstairs to dump it in our laundry I just lift this out, dump the laundry in, and then I bring it back and I put it back into its wire container. You don’t actually want your clothes touching the wire because, you know, they’ll snag. Um, yeah, and then it just kind of rests in there. For a while I had one that had a drawstring top, and that worked really nicely, too, but it wore out finally. And then you can also, I just i pull it around from place to place like that.

I can’t remember exactly how much I spent when I made these. I made two of these back in 2016. If memory serves, I think they each cost about $20 in raw materials from Lowe’s. And then of course buying the liner is going to be an extra expense depending on where you get that. It could be any soft laundry bag.

French Vintage Inspired Laundry Hamper – Industrial Style

And then if you don’t feel like doing all of that DIY leg work, this is the cute little Seville Classics industrial style laundry hamper. it – like I said it was about 60 bucks on Overstock.com I’ve seen it for sale lots of places, including you can buy direct from Seville Classics, which is pretty cool. I just assembled this the other day. I am a completely hopeless klutz when it comes to assembling anything, just ask my husband. I got this together in under 10 minutes. It was super easy, and I love – I am loving it. I love the look of it. The wheels glide nicer, there’s no pokey metal things. So as much as I love my DIY project, I’m also really fond of my Seville Classics.

So there you have it, if you’re looking to feel chic and Parisian when you do your laundry, here are two great budget friendly and super practical options for laundry hampers. They’re also really big and hold a lot of stuff.

I hope you enjoy this and I hope you get some use out of it. Happy folding!

If you love things chic and French, you’ll also enjoy my other posts, Soft French Country Color Palette and French Country Style: Give Your Furniture Parisian Patina.

Soft French Country Color Palette

green, blue, drab color palette

French country style can look totally different depending on which French Country colors you are drawn to.

This post is about a soft French Country color palette of greens, blues, and khakis. Before we get into that, let’s examine the many interpretations of “French Country.”

French country colors could be warm, cool, muted, bright, or soft. They could be a delicious range of cool light blues or a gorgeous array of warm, deep reds.

Or just the reverse – deep warm blues, light cool reds. A French country interior could have layers of bright colors, or soft, muted whites and creams. French country colors are not restricted to a single side of the color wheel.

French Country Farmhouse

French country design and French country décor, can mean rustic elegance, with bright French blue, red gingham checks, and scrubbed, unfinished pinewood.

blue teapot, yellow bowl
blue door, red flowers
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French Country House / Paris Country

Country French style could also mean shabby chic, with variegated light greys, whites, and creams, subtly distressed paintwork, toile fabrics in white or light blue or grey.

grey toile, silver bowl
Delicate crystal and toile is one interpretation of French Country style.
grey stone building
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French Provencal

French country could mean the South of France, evoking the French countryside with the colors of lavender, ocher, terra cotta, and olive, heavily distressed paintwork for a rustic patina, traditional Provencal indiennes cotton calico fabrics sprigged with flowers or cicadas, the symbol of Provence.

stone street
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lavender field
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red plaster wall
Photo by Clémence Taillez on Unsplash
green shutters
Photo by Chantal Garnier on Unsplash
blue shutters
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outdoor fabric market
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blue flowered fabric
Provence Fabric Tradition Navy
blue cicada print fabric
French Blue Cicada Fabric
Vence Gold and Blue Allover Fabric

There’s so many different ways to take French Country style, so many places to find inspiration, including gorgeous works of fine art.

French Farmhouse/French Provencal Colors

I developed this soft French country color palette from this beautiful painting, “The Balcony” by French artist Edouard Manet. I think it’s a bit of mix of rustic French farmhouse style and French Provencal style . I’m just riffing off of the many beautiful French country styles. I think it’s important to be inspired by, but not slavishly imitate, the beautiful French styles.

three people on balcony
The Balcony, Edouard Manet

This palette could be used in a French country bedroom. I think it would be a beautiful palette for a French country kitchen, or maybe even a French country living room or dining room.

In my case, I was simply looking for an interesting paint color, or preferably many French country colors. I’m trying to create a French country home for my family. At the moment I am focusing on bringing French country style into our home by painting furniture. I think painting furniture is the quickest, and most fun, way to add a certain French je ne sais quois to your home.

Here is the video I made about creating this color palette and how to use paint to get an effect like the one on this dresser. If you prefer to read, the transcript follows just below the video.

Please check out my post, How to Paint Furniture French Country Style, for a more in-depth explanation of the wax resist technique I mention in this video.

Here is a supply list for the project, too.

You Will Need:

Dropcloth https://bit.ly/3yoIFGc

Paint Brush: https://low.es/37cXqQd

Painters’ Rags: https://bit.ly/3yjWUMn

Wax Candles: https://bit.ly/3yivBlw

Minwax Paste Finishing Wax: https://low.es/3yoJwqo

Wax Resist Tutorial: https://youtu.be/qunRqgDkrek

Sherwin-Williams Paint Palette:

Cocoon: https://bit.ly/3xibuT5

Cyberspace: https://bit.ly/3BWIT9s

Ionian: https://bit.ly/3BWJ1Wu

Grandview: https://bit.ly/3ihmyMc

Patience: https://bit.ly/2Vfz0TL

Farrow and Ball Paint Palette:

Salon Drab: https://bit.ly/3yhDgk3

Railings: https://bit.ly/3ifmX1n

Verdigris: https://bit.ly/3ig5aHy

De Nimes: https://bit.ly/3xhbtig

Matchstick: https://bit.ly/3A4cH2p

Transcript

My jumping off point for this dresser was the painting “The Balcony” by Edouard Manet. I always like to find a piece of art as an inspiration for how I’m going to paint something and in this case it was the balcony i love the different blues and greens and whites and how they all come together in this painting.

three people on balcony
The Balcony, Edouard Manet

Soft French Country Color Palette

I just eyeballed the colors in the Edouard Manet balcony painting and I used what I had on hand, because it was a way to use up odds and ends of paint. If you would like to recreate something like this, I am going to give you a proper – properly color matched color palette for this balcony painting in Farrow and Ball colors and also Sherwin-Williams. But these are the ones I used. I had some Valspar in Sea Swell. I had Pure White from Sherwin-Williams. Cocoon from Sherwin-Williams. Lounge Green from Sherwin-Williams. Parisian Patina from Sherwin-Williams. And a little bit of Downpipe from my beloved Farrow and Ball.

Thinking Outside the (Paint)box

I read online that Manet was criticized for this painting, because the colors clashed and didn’t match and didn’t work together. And then, when you look at it, of course, um, it’s just gorgeous. It’s all these blue greens and then there’s these blacks and charcoals and a little bit of white and even some khaki. And it’s just – it is a really unusual and interesting combo of colors, and i think it’s just beautiful. So I had a lot of odds and ends of paint that I wanted to use up, and I liked the idea that it might not all work and it might get criticized at the Paris Salon for, you know, not being quite right, color-wise.

Wax Resist is Perfect for Soft French Country Color Palette

For this dresser I used the same wax resist method that I talk about a lot in the “Ballerinas in Pink” dresser video. I just would paint a color and then go over it with my wax puck, and then paint another color, and then go over with the wax puck, and then paint another and go over, and so on and so on and so on.

Experiment with Joy

I just had a lot of fun experimenting. I wasn’t sure exactly how it was going to turn out, and there were definitely a few moments where I decided it was hideous and I was sorry i had even started. But that is very common when I think you’re doing any DIY there’s always a moment, I think I read that first in Miss Mustard Seed’s book; there’s always a moment with a project where you just want to throw the whole thing in the garbage and you’re convinced it’s hideously ugly.

But just push past that moment, the best is yet – is yet to come. And I’m actually, you know I-I like how it turned out a lot and I i hope you do, too.

Farrow and Ball Soft French Country Color Palette

green, blue, tan color palette
Farrow and Ball Color Palette

Here is a palette in Farrow and Ball colors color matched to The Balcony by Edouard Manet. Farrow and Ball Salon Drab, Railings, Verdigris, Des Nimes, and Matchstick.

Sherwin-Williams Soft French Country Color Palette

green, blue, drab color palette
Sherwin-Williams Color Palette

And here is a color palette in Sherwin-Williams paints color matched from the Edouard Manet painting “The Balcony.” Sherwin-Williams Cocoon, Cyberspace, Ionian, Grandview, and Patience.

Other Posts You’ll Enjoy

If you like French Country Style furniture, check out my other posts on painted furniture. The full wax resist tutorial is with my post, How to Paint Furniture French Country Style. You might also like French Country Style: Give Your Furniture Parisian Patina.

If you like creating lots of interest with layers of paints, you’ll enjoy my post, Painting Highlights and Lowlights With Chalk Paint.

How to Paint Furniture French Country Style

Dancers in Pink

The easiest way to add classic French country décor into your interior design is to use painted furniture. French country furniture is often painted. The French are very comfortable with painting furniture, unless it is a very fine wood. In this post I am going to show you how to paint furniture French country style using a simple wax resist technique.

Where can I find French Country Style Furniture?

You can find French provincial furniture, and good copies of French furniture with very nice faux finishes on them. But I prefer to paint my own. There is a lot of used furniture out there that needs a good home. And there are a lot of furniture pieces with the perfect shapes to look like French country furniture and provincial furniture.

All of that French Provincial furniture from the 1960s with the yellowish, slightly plasticky finish, for example, is in the perfect shapes, often quite good quality, perfect for repainting.

Facebook Marketplace is my go-to place to search for good furniture pieces, but I also love scouring local yard sales, thrift shops, and online and in-person auctions. Auctions just might be the place to score the lowest prices, although if you’re patient and persistent, great deals, I mean steals, are to be had everywhere. There is a lot of used furniture out in the world! HiBid.com is a great place to find online auctions in your local area.

You can easily do your own French country design with the perfect colors for you, at a fraction of the price of buying the real thing, or even good copies. And the furniture piece will be custom finished exactly the way you dream – no settling!

What kind of paint should I use to paint furniture French Country style?

I’ve painted furniture with Annie Sloan chalk paint, (sometimes abbreviated as ASCP) other brands of chalk paint, milk paint, and latex paint. To be honest, while I love Annie Sloan chalk paint, latex paint is my go-to paint. It’s the most inexpensive and easy to get. The range of colors available can be overwhelming at first, but as you paint more often you will naturally develop your own, go-to color palette.

How to Paint Furniture French Country Style Using Wax Resist Technique

This is a tutorial about a favorite technique of mine to paint furniture French Country Style. This technique gives a shabby chic, French country decorating style.

Wax resist means you rub a candle all over your first coat of paint before adding your second. Then, when you paint over that first coat, the paint doesn’t adhere to where you rubbed the candle, creating a subtle, layered look that oozes rustic charm and patina.

You can repeat the wax resist as often as you like, creating layer upon layer of gorgeous textures and highlights.

It’s a perfect technique for classic French country style, or French farmhouse style. In this tutorial I’m using the technique to create a dresser for a French country bedroom. I’m using a muted color palette of light pinks.

I’ve included a supply list of everything you would need to do this project here.

Supply List

You Will Need:

Dropcloth

https://bit.ly/3yoIFGc

Paint Brush:

https://low.es/37cXqQd

Painters’ Rags:

https://bit.ly/3yjWUMn

Wax Candles:

https://bit.ly/3yivBlw

Minwax Paste Finishing Wax:

https://low.es/3yoJwqo

Sherwin-Williams Pure White in any paint line and sheen:

https://bit.ly/2WKbi2z

Sherwin-Williams Azalea Flower in any paint line and sheen:

https://bit.ly/2TL9gOo

Video Tutorial

And here is the video I made for you about how to do a wax resist. If you prefer just to read, the transcript follows down below the video.

Transcript

Good Morning! This is Kathleen at oldworldfarmhouse.com and today I’m going to show you how to do a wax resist with paint to get a really awesome finish that looks like you sanded and have tons of layers but you didn’t, you just used wax.

It’s going to be a lovely French Country style girls’ French country bedroom set that I’m working on, so let’s get started.

Fine Art as Inspiration for French Country Style Painted Furniture

I always like to find a piece of art to use as inspiration, like a jumping off point when I start to paint a piece of furniture. In this case I found Edgar Degas’s, “Dancers in Pink.”

Dancers in Pink
Dancers in Pink, Edgar Degas

The way that their tulle skirts look is my – was my inspiration to do a wax resist with two different shades of pink on these dressers. I like to call these “Dancers in Pink” dressers.

Making Pink Furniture Subtle and Sophisticated, French Country Style

I’ve already painted the drawers with one coat of Sherwin-Williams Azalea Flower. My little girl really wants pink, and I wanted to knock it back and make it a little bit more sophisticated than just pink, even though I know she’d be happy with like, just a plain pink drawer. But Mama would not be, so we’re going to try to do a few lighter coats over a wax resist.

How to do a Wax Resist

So, how to do a wax resist? I’m going to take this – this is a little tea light candle that I popped out of its metal backing and this is easy to hold. It’s just like a little puck, and then I’m going to just rub this very firmly all over each of these drawers and the dresser itself.

I’ll get closer so you can see. I actually do want quite a bit of this pink to show underneath the top coats of paler pink and white that I’m going to put on. I really want a lot of it to peep through, so I am being quite aggressive with my wax, because everywhere that I rub this wax, the next coat of paint is not going to stick.

So I do want it to look layered, but I also want a lot of the pink to show, because my little girl does really love this color. I want this piece look like French country style furniture. It will also be very shabby chic, because of the delicate pink and white I’m using.

I’m hoping this is something that she’ll like for a long time. And then maybe when she’s a teenager she’ll want to ask for an update, and maybe by then she’ll be painting her own! Okay, so I have waxed all of these with my little candle, and I’m just going to brush – brush them off quickly with a rag because some wax crumbs from the candle inevitably gets stuck.

Mixing a Custom Paint Color

Now I’m going to mix my top coat, which is going to be a custom blend of Sherwin-Williams Azalea Flower in this Super Paint here, and it’s in a satin. And then this Sherwin-Williams Pure White in their Cashmere line, which is in a flat.

And I just want to say these two paints that I’m using are pretty much purely accidental. We had a friend who didn’t like this gallon of pink she ordered, and so she passed it on to me. And my little girl happened to want pink furniture and I said, “well this is the pink we’re using because I have a whole gallon of it.”

But I wanted to cut it with white, and so I went in and I just wanted their Pure White in the cheapest line, but they didn’t have it available because of the raw material shortages that are happening everywhere right now – or actually I don’t know if it’s that or – I can’t – yeah, something about material shortages.

So they had to give it to me in Cashmere, which is a higher end line of Sherwin-Williams. But anyway, the main thing is, the colors are Pure White and Azalea Flower. So I’m going to take a paper plate, here it is, and I am going to mix these by starting with the white.

Using Just a Paper Plate, Stir Stick, and My Eyes

So I’m just going to pour a little bit of white onto – or a lot – of white onto my plate. It’s a bit messy, big gallons of paint, here wipe my finger off. I’m gonna pour that onto my plate. So I have a – I have like, a full plate. These are the lunch size plates.

And then I’m going to take the pink and with my stir stick I am going to start mixing it in until i get a color that I like. My inspiration for this lighter pink that I want on top is from the Farrow &Ball color Middleton Pink, which yes, I think is named after our Duchess Catherine.

I’m just going to mix it until I like the hue. I’m just going to dip my stir stick in my gallon of paint again. I realize I’m going to get a little bit of white in there by doing that, but that’s okay. So this is just, like, another dip. And now I’m gonna stir this.

I’m not measuring in any way, I am just eyeballing the color until I get something that I enjoy looking at. That is the only criteria. I have a vision.

Okay, this is getting better. It’s starting to look blushy. I’m going to add this – this is actually just about perfect, but I am going to go ahead and scoop just one more – one more scoop with my stir stick from my gallon of pink and I think this should do it.

So I’m gonna mix until all of the – and again, it takes a while. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re two different types of paint or what, but it takes a while to blend in all the swirlies before they finally go away. I actually – I’m gonna do one more stir stick’s full into here. So that’s four, if you were counting. I dipped my stir stick four times and got a glob of paint, of the pink. And I’ve mixed it into a full plate, a full lunch size Walmart paper plate of white paint.

Okay I think this is gonna do it. I think this is pink enough to get away from the white. From – from the – even the impression that it’s white, which is what I wanted to get away from.

You Don’t Have to Custom Mix

And you could do this with any colors that you wanted to get a custom mix. Or, you don’t have to mix paint. If you had, you know, if you want to do a wax resist with two paints you already have, of course that would work just fine.

Painting the Top Coat Over the Wax

I’m gonna take my trusty Purdy two inch angled brush and I am going to put the top coat on. Kind of the the fun mystery reveal because, you know, you don’t remember, or you can’t really see exactly where you rubbed in all of that candle wax.

Painting Over Metal Handles

And just a quick note on these handles. A lot of times I will take hardware off when I paint, but when it’s metal, I often don’t because I really like the way that metal looks painted and then just rubbed back. So I’ll paint this, but then when I go to finish it, I’ll rub some of that paint off. I like the look of hardware that’s been painted and rubbed back a little bit and then waxed. I think it looks really nice.

Wax Resist is Subtle

When you are rubbing your candle on your piece to do the resist don’t be shy, because the paint is pretty assertive and it will go over even some of the places that you thought you waxed. It’s quite subtle actually, um, which is what I love about it.

I don’t like things that have that look of being very heavily or deliberately distressed, like something that you’d find at Hobby Lobby or something with this sort of factory distressed finish on it. I’m trying to do something a little more subtle than that. Sometimes it ends up looking like that, and I do like that look, don’t get me wrong. It’s very pretty, it’s just then it looks like you bought it.

Okay here is my first drawer finished with the wax resist. You can see where it just wouldn’t go over that, and then just compare that to – so here it is with the one coat of Azalea flower and then here it is with my custom mix over top.

Finishing With Paste Wax

Okay and then when you’re done with the painting, I like to go over my paint jobs with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax and I have this Waxwell brush. You can use just a rag if you don’t have a fancy wax brush. So yeah, you just take your brush and you push that wax brush or rag and you just push the wax gently but firmly into the paint. Don’t be afraid of really pushing it into the paint strokes.

After it’s dried a bit I take a soft cotton rag and I just buff it. If there’s any orange wax I rub it away and I just buff it to a soft, hand rubbed, beautiful sheen. You can see that coming up. I’m a sucker for that. I just think that is the prettiest thing on furniture.

French Country Girls’ Bedroom Furniture

Here is the finished dresser. Edgar Degas’s “Ballerinas in Pink” inspired wax resist two-tone dresser for my little girls’ room. The base coat is Azalea Flower and the top coat is a custom mix of Azalea Flower and Pure White. All paints are by Sherwin-Williams. I think it looks like a tutu. Makes me wanna go dancing right now!

pink dresser
Pink Dresser

If you love French Country style painted furniture, please check out my other posts, French Country Style: Give Your Furniture Parisian Patina, and Khaki Green Paint Colors for French Country Style.