Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Farmhouse Chic

One of the joys of owning vintage linens comes in making them part of my day to day life.  For more years than I can count I've collected old laces, trims and ribbons, but it wasn't until several years ago when I first started selling my wares on eBay that I realized so many of you out there love them, too!
Crochet Lace Trimmed
At first it was a little difficult cutting into lace-edged pieces of old linen and cotton.  But...the thought of so much gorgeous handwork being relegated to an old dresser drawer or stored away in a plastic bag made me sad.  And so I decided a long time ago to at least try and give them new life.  With that I began fashioning bits and pieces of old lace into romantic keepsakes for the home.
Vintage Sheet Edging

Last June my big sister Linda was visiting from Tennessee.  We had a wonderful time shopping and while out and about that day we snagged some great old finds.  If you'd like you can read that post HERE.

One of my favorite finds of the day was this vintage clothes hamper frame.  It was $1 and I was over-de-moon happy to bring it home.  I had great plans to immediately transform it, but like always I got busy with other things...  And so it sat and sat and sat for a long, long time~

With our kitchen remodel on the horizon a new laundry room is also in the works.  I kept thinking about that neat old frame hanging in my storage shed out back and so a couple weeks ago I had my Mr. AGPMan clean it back up for me.  I'd actually painted it sometime back...

The frame was originally black but overall it was in wonderful vintage condition!

She was pretty easy to line!  I measured all four sides and added 1/2" seam allowance and used these measurements for a template.  An old thick white sheet was used for the inside and underneath trim, and a large table doily for top trim.  The table-cover was heavily damaged in the center but the old crochet was in great condition.  I top stitched a band around the upper edge and made a casing for elastic.  To secure the lining to the frame I added fabric ties at the base.  The elastic easily keeps the liner in place. What I love most about it is that it can be washed.  I serged all the seems so no fear of unraveling! 

Today I'm linking up with
Kathleen of Faded Charm for White Wednesday 
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
 WhisperWood Cottage
For The Talent Scouting Party
(you've GOT to check out this amazing site!)

 Lots of fabulous offerings for you to take in when you have time.
You are sure to be VERY inspired!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Love to you...


Sherri B. said...

Now that is beautiful, handy and very clever of you...I would never have even known what it was if I saw it in it's black condition..You are a very smart girl! xo

Ellie said...

This is way too cool. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

romance-of-roses said...

Oh my Rebecca, you did an amazing job on this vintage clothes hamper. It's beautiful and what a joy to have and enjoy something that perhaps grandma had long ago. Hugs...Lu

Loui♥ said...

Hi Rebecca~
saw your kind post and just had to respond! I too spent time in Southern Cali back in the 70's..but the sugary white sands of my native gulf coast stole my heart ages ago!
That is why I try to enlighten folks about the dangers of too much fun in the sun..My little problems have just started making appearances ..eons past those sun filled days..
I still enjoy my beach..now it is at early morning saluting sunrise..or late taking a sunset stroll..
warmest hugs..

Shabby chic Sandy said...

This is so lovely. Too pretty to use :) This would make a great covering for a shopping cart too. Thanks so much for sharing!

shabby chic og lavendel said...

Just beautiful! I love it :)


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Thanks for your visit and comment. I too got sick from researching the disappearance of the followers and the recent comments. On top of it I have a hard drive problem and spent so much time dealing with HP. Still warranty till next year January so that is good. But it is such a waste of time and interference with our schedule. So let's hope that one day the Blogger gadgets will be back for us... In my Dashboard all followers are still listed by number but no widgets and no names, nothing to pull up...
Your laundry bin is so very pretty. You are a lace master!
Love to you,


Old Time Cindy said...

Girl...you have skills! I have hamper envy! And the price of $1 earns you the 'great picker award', LOL!

the old white house said...

That is gorgeous! The idea that you rescued vintage linens and gave them a new life is my favorite part! t.xoxo

Debby said...

What an amazing job ,Becky!! Hugs,Debby ^_^

Debby said...

What an amazing job,Becky!! Hugs,Debby ^_^

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

I knew it would be beautiful, and boy was I right!! Just gorgeous Rebecca :)

Theresa said...

Beautiful! I knew it would be gorgeous after you added your touch! Enjoy your day dear Rebecca, HUGS!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Rebecca!
WOW! It looks maaaavalous daaaaling!
(I've been watching too many old movies) You did an incredible job with that liner. I just recently have been more courageous about cutting into old linens. But once you do you realize that that piece will live on in a new life, kind of born again. I would have snatched up that frame too... what a steal!
Great job Rebecca! I love it!

Big hugs, Sherry

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Rebecca,
I love it when you show us beautiful things that you have made for your home.
I'm in love with this. The lace trim is gorgeous. It's too pretty to put the laundry inside!
Just sitting there looking lovely would work for me.


Linda said...

This Laundry Hamper is simply the coolest! I would not have known what in the world it was if I had seen it when it was black. How wonderful to have such a lovely piece. Will you use it for dirty laundry? (It almost seems a shame!)

Anonymous said...

What a fun, beautiful item, love the way you made the cover for it !

Anonymous said...

So very beautiful ! !
... When I was very young I let my hair grow very long. To the middle of my back... As the years passed this style made me look older than my years. I went to the salon one day & had it cut to my ear lobes in a more stylish way. While I looked much better it was hard to do.
Where am I going with this??
My story reminded me of the old linens that have outlived their beauty to become something different & even better!! JMO!!
Have a Wonderful Day!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Rebecca, after reading this post I am already so inspired that I will NEVER get to sleep now. I am going to take my old laundry cart cover apart and make myself a new one..and yes..paint the frame. It's the kind that rolls..but..IF I do this...it's not going out in that garage!
I...how can I put this...without sounding crazy. I come and visit your blog and actually catch my breath and get the urge to giggle with joy when I see the things you do. I've known you now for...before little Miss K was born..and am still in total AWE of your fantastic talent!
(not to mention your home!!) :)
Hugs and love,

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Hi Rebecca,

You did a wonderful job designing your vintage clothes hamper. Very lovely!


Julie Marie said...

Oh Rebecca, she is just beautiful!... she would look fabulous in MY laundry room too, hee hee hee!... I love the vintage fabrics you are using now, and that turned out so pretty!... I have always had a farmhouse and I still love clothes hanging out on a line... so old~fashioned and romantic... much love to you, glad to hear Miss Mollie is doing better, xoxo Julie Marie

A Southern Rose said...

It looks so pretty! Love it! It's perfect for your home.

Lee Laurie

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I really like it Rebecca! That will be a wonderful accent to your future new laundry room! You did a great job with the vintage lining!~Hugs, Patti

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

Wow! what beautiful work you did! You are very talented. Thanks for sharing...

Amy JO

Trisha said...

This turned out so amazing Rebecca! I don't think I could put my dirty clothes in it though-just too pretty for that!


Dolores said...

Wow, the hamper is now gorgeous. I hope you aren't going to place dirty clothes in this work of art.

Your Craft Book said...

A beautiufl laundry hamper, I cannot wait until the time you finish your Utility Room. I know that it is going to be fabulous, blessings, Maureen

okihusker said...

Beautiful baby, absolutely beautiful. You never cease to amaze me!


NanaDiana said...

I knew it would be beautiful but it is even more gorgeous than I thought it would be.. You did a fantastic job on it! It is just plain purty! xo Diana

NanaNor's said...

Hi sweet friend, I love the hamper-so romantic! You have such an incredible eye. Thank you for your encouraging words about working out-ugh, getting older is tough. I can't believe you ever had 40 lbs to loose-way to go girl. I had lost a good 10 a year or two ago but it has come back. I've got to try to get it off again.
Hugs, Noreen

Miss Gracie's House said...

Like I said...hats off to you! Great work....I LOVE it! Now, I'm off to get caught up on posts:)

Something Special said...

Your hamper is to pretty for just any laundry. I would only use this one for fine linen's. It is so nice to visit here again friend. I have missed your blog. I sure get inspiration here. Thanks for always sharing your loveliness with us.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Now you are going to do the laundry room! Do you kids ever quit!! I love the laundry basket great find and a gorgeous redo!!


Rebecca Nelson said...

Yep...we are going to redo the laundry room. Our existing laundry NOOK isn't a room. More like a tiny space off our kitchen. We removed the exiting downstairs bathroom and laundry room (presently moved to the garage...the LR/not the bathroom!):) and that space will now be part of our kitchen. The makeover is being done in stages as each phase has to be done before the next. When you are a do-it-yourselfer you really have to plan! If I were a gajillionaire....I would hire..... :)


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,

So glad to see you got your followers back!!! Did you tweak something in order to get them back or did it just happen over night?
Love to you,


Passionate for White said...

Oh....I fell in love with your hamper in your last post and now even deeper today! Seriously....it is SO PRETTY!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I am crazy for it!! How beautiful...where are you going to put it?

Mariaelena said...

So lovely...what a gorgeous hamper...lucky you!!!...nice to meet you...can't believe it took me this long to discover your blog...loving it and now a follower...pls come over for a visit...last two posts are all about white...think you'll like it!!...happy weekend, Mariaelena

Unknown said...

OK, that is just to die for! Your blog looks wonderful, Rebecca! I'm looking for the most recent post about your floors. Been excited to see them finished. Are they done? Did I miss the post about them?

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