Upcycled Laundry Sorter to Recycling Bin

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How I upcycled a broken laundry sorter into a useful indoor recycling bin on wheels.I’m so excited to share my beautiful upcycle with you. This went from broken laundry sorter to indoor recycling bin.
I’ve been saving a broken laundry sorter (broken due to toddler wear and tear) for… Something. For a very long time. Say some patience prayers for my husband who so nicely deals with me and my trash to treasure hoarding habits.

Never seen a laundry sorter? This is what they look like when they aren’t broken (affiliate link- using this link helps support my blog):

This was a really reasonable project and cost me NOTHING. I was able to use scraps from other projects. 
1. Save the two ends from the laundry sorter.

2. Measure a piece of wood for the bottom, and two thin pieces for the top. Mine are: 11 5/8″ x 18 1/4″ for the bottom piece, and the two side pieces were both 11 5/8″ long.

3. I used drywall screws because I had a lot left over. Mine were 1 1/4″ screws.

4. I ended up needing some washers to keep the screws from going through the holes in the metal sides of the laundry sorter.

5. Place the bottom… Screw it in. Place the sides. Screw it in.

6. Stain. Poly if you want. I didn’t.

Adding a embroidered patch.

7.  I’m using one of the laundry sorter bags. I embroidered a patch. I used Wonderunder to attach it to the bag… it is a double sided fusible interfacing so you iron it onto your patch, then peel the backing off it and iron the patch onto your product. Love it.

The affiliate link below is a similar product for this purpose:


Ps. One of these full laundry sorters (if fully functional) would be awesome as a recycling sorting bin if your town requires sorting.. ours does not so we only needed one.

Side view.
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