Today's Tuesday Tale is going to be about a plain vintage metal hamper with great 'bones' and how it became a great beauty and found a new home where it was wanted and loved. When I found this hamper it was a little plain, even boring, as seen in the before picture to the right. The touch up paint had left it randomly mottled, and not very attractive.
I found it at the Acorn Antique show a couple of weeks ago for a mere $20, and admired its roomy size. The hamper I have been using in my bathroom, was anything but roomy. Of course I was also charmed by its wonderful metal mesh design.
Now all it needed was a good coat of paint, which was accomplished while watching a romantic DVD with my DH. And then, since I have roses as an accent in my aqua bathroom, I thought roses decoupaged on top would be perfect.
And speaking of perfect, the perfect place to find such a bit of art, is at Graphics Fairy. (You can see the graphic I used, before trimming, at the bottom of this post) After decoupaging the roses in the center of the lid, I drew a line around the edge with a ruler and a pink permanent marker. In the fifties, when this hamper was likely made, this sort of 'pin striping' was very common, and after seeing it completed, I thought it looked very fifties. A coat of spray varnish is all it needed to make it water proof for a happy life in the bathroom.
Here it is as an element of my bathroom. I was charmed with how it turned out. Thank you for coming along and sharing my little project.