How to Change the Color on a Laundry Hamper?


Whether you have a plastic or a wicker basket laundry hamper, most hampers will last a very long time. The only really problem with the laundry hamper after years of use may be the color. If you're just sick and tired of the bright green laundry hamper you've had for over 20 years, or maybe you want to use your white hamper to add some color into the bathroom or bedroom, consider changing the hamper's color. Instead of purchasing a new laundry basket, purchase some inexpensive spray paint to give it a mini makeover.

Things You'll Need

  • Garbage bags or tarps
  • Push pins
  • Laundry basket
  • Spray paint primer
  • Spray paint
  • Lay some garbage bags on the ground to protect the floor from the paint. It's best to do this job either outside or in your garage--with the garage door open--to keep the space around you ventilated.

  • Place a few garbage bags on the wall, securing them with push pins, if you're working in your garage. Place the laundry basket on the bags and in front of the protected wall.

  • Shake the bottle of spray paint primer very well. If you have a white wood, white plastic or light wood colored hamper you may not need primer. However, primer will help you use less coats of the colored spray paint.

  • Push on the nozzle until you get a steady stream of spray paint. Coat the entire hamper--starting from the top, working your way down--with the primer, without releasing your finger from the nozzle. Keeping a steady stream of spray paint will help to coat the hamper evenly.

  • Allow 24 hours for the primer to thoroughly dry.

  • Shake the bottle of the colored spray paint very well. You can find spray paint in almost every color and shade at a home improvement store or a hardware store.

  • Place your finger on the nozzle, and again, wait until you have a steady stream of paint. Spray the hamper in a fine mist from top to bottom. You may need two to three coats of spray paint to finish the job.

  • Wait 24 hours in between each coat of spray paint.

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