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Monday, January 26, 2009

Totally trashed!

I'll bet you were thinking I had a wild weekend. I'm sorry if you're disappointed. :)
I assume that you own one of these or a similar configuration. Don't you just LOVE it?




I bought this rubbish bin a little over a year ago. It wasn't cheap. Withing 2 months after purchasing it, the foot pedal broke. (I probably should have not let a herd of elephants use it, right?) Then, a few months after that the inner plastic liner cracked and wouldn't lift out any longer. So, when we needed to empty the trash (which is usually everyday) the entire unit had to be taken outside to dump into the bigger bin. That has been great FUN!
So, I started looking for a replacement. I knew what I wanted.
I wanted an antique wicker grape gathering basket used in the vineyards.
When I lived overseas I would see them all the time at the German and French flea markets.
They come in wood...




...and also in metal. They stand up by themselves and are flat on the back so I could push it completely against the wall. I would probably take the leather straps off and reuse them elsewhere.

But I really wanted a wicker vineyard basket. Two actually. I also need one for the recyclables. I have searched high and low here in America. But they have alluded me. Mr. Decor said my dream rubbish bin would have to wait. I needed to find a replacement NOW. So here's what I came up with:
A wicker basket from WalMart ~$18.95. I took out the fabric liner. It will soon face the RIT dye and have pom pom trim added to it and become a cute shopping or laundry bag for the fashionista. I found a plastic liner that fit within and voila!
But I still wish it was flat on the back. And European.

29 comments :

Kristen said...

Trash has never looked so good.

You found a clever replacement!

Mildred said...

Only YOU could make a trash can so adorable and for such a great price. I have been searching for a new kitchen waste basket - I will have to visit Wal-Mart today. Thanks!

Terri and Bob said...

Totally clever. I wish I was European and flat on the back, too.

Jess said...

That's a great idea!

I have to stick with plastic. I'm still trying to teach my kids to get their trash in the can, not on it!! lol

Kass said...

Couldn't agree with you more. My foot on the can has been broken for years- it still works but the black foot is gone-only a skinn metal piece is htere- and it hurts if you are not wearing shoes. I love that Wal-mart find- the question is- does it smell bad- the can seems ti hold in the smell. If it does- Im in!

jewelstreet said...

lol about it being European! It still looks nice and has to be a little more durable. I wish I had your creative genius. I would've never thought to do that.

Shimmy Mom said...

Good luck finding the one you really want; but for what it's worth, I think your solution looks really nice.
*hugs*

philben5 said...

I am so glad I follow you dear Decor to Adore as I was planning on buying a new trash can this week and planned on buying a tin one like you have/had. I have now been inspired to re group... Thank you from keeping me from making a pricy oops!!! Blogland is priceless...he he
Blessings
Roxanne

Darlene said...

Nice to meet you. I came over from Bella's party to visit your Etsy store....

Neabear said...

I am glad you found something that works. One of these days perhaps one with a flat back will pop up for you. Then you can get it.

Kristen said...

That's great you guys are going to train for a marathon. I'd like to do one but I think I need a few more halfs under my belt first.

LvPoohBr2 said...

Wouldn't it be great to have an authentic grape gathering basket?! I guess if I had one, I'm not sure I'd use it for trash though! hee I love what you have instead. It looks much nicer than the ugly plastic one I have. I may need to start shopping for a replacement as well. ;D

Barb said...

I love you blog, all the historic houses and trash cans... You make even a trash can seem interesting.

Tracy said...

Very pretty solution, Laura. None of our kitchen cabinets would accomodate a trash can, so for the first 5 or 6 years we lived here, I tried all kinds of containers but was never really happy with any. When we remodeled and added an island, its #1 job was to house trash and recycle bins. That it's otherwise multi-functional and good-looking are totally secondary!

Susan S. said...

Sounds like you need to get hubby to take you on a trip back to Europe in search of the perfect trash can. Isn't that crazy when you have something in your mind you want and can't FIND it?? I like your temporary wicker basket.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

I think it looks absolutely fabulous!! Great job. :)
xo Lidy

Marie Antionette said...

That was soooooooo funny.LOL...Well you had to come up with something! Hugs Marie Antionette

Blondie's Journal said...

I am almost getting tired of repeatedly telling you how creative you are!!! I hate my trash can. I hate emptying it (and yes, it is always me)! Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if it looked as good as yours!! Can I steal the idea??

Thanks for sharing your redo! :-)

xoxo
Jane

~♥~ Monica S said...

European is GOOD ;-) hehe!!

LOVE your idea.. don't you think you can fine one online?? OR ask some old neighbours in France to help you out??

Monica

Carrie said...

The wicker is a great look for your trash container.

heather said...

A very creative solution AND I think I'll stop using the words "trash" and "garbage" and substitute to word "rubbish" instead.

Cote de Texas said...

really - too cute, round back or not!!!

Liz said...

Well there you go! That is an awesome idea about using the lining as a bag. I never would have thought of it. (duh) : ) You are just the smartest!

: )

~Liz

Mimi Sue said...

Well, it's almost as good. Mimi

Linda said...

I thought of this post last night as I was emptying the kitchen garbage, which sits in the ugly, stained trash can under our sink.

It works for us. I've just never honestly thought of having an attractive trash can as I prefer to store the can out of sight. :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Neat! Love this idea so much!

XO,

Sheila :-)

niartist said...

Wonderful transformation! So very cleaver! Me loves it! :)

beth at aunties said...

A super good looking and creative solution! I didn't know those expensive trash lifting cans would break so easy!

What were you doing living abroad?

Coastal Sisters said...

Now this was a great idea and it looks great too!

LuLu~*