Now, onto the good stuff. But first, a disclaimer. This project was completely based off the fabulous Miss Mustard Seed's basket redo. She's brilliant and I'm just a copy cat : )
After being inspired by her fun and cheap basket, I was on the lookout for a blondie basket of my own, and came across the perfect one at a garge sale for just a buck.
Here she is in her blonde glory.
Now, Miss Mustard Seed did some fabulous I-make-the-world's-most-beautiful-handpainted-furniture-for-a-living stain thing on hers. And here's what happened when I tried to stain my basket...
Yeah, guess I won't be going into the staining and/or handpainted furniture biz any time soon.
Annnnyway, I made my daily ...errr... fairly regular trip to Hobby Lobby for some spray paint. I used some sort of leather-named (can't remember exactly) spray paint from Krylon in gloss and sprayed the heck outta that sucker.
Then, I wrapped the metal handles in jute, using hotglue at either end to attach it.
Next, I used some extremely professional tools (ie, 50 cent acrylic paint and a hand-me-down kid's paintbrush) to freehand a letter and numbers on the front.
Pretty cute, don't you think? I'm using it to hold my four years' worth of Country Living and other favorite decorating mags.
Here it is in its new home under my ($15 garage sale!) coffee table.
Unfortunately, it doesn't hold two stacks of mags like I thought it would, but at the last minute I added this double pail with handle for a finishing touch. I think the pails need something fun in them, like vintage paintbrushes or something. If you have any idea of what I could put in there that would sort of come out the top, let me know, because I want something in there, but am just not sure what yet.
While I was cleaning up, I noticed my little roll of jute sitting on the counter. I know jute is really in in the vintage decor world right now, and I did love how it was looking.
And what can make something ordinary like a roll of twine look vintage-y fabulous? Why a cloche of course!
Mine was holding some half-dead basil sprouts it came with, and those needed to go. (I've pretty much gone to a no-live-plants rule at my house. It's just not fair to them to die such sad deaths.) So I put the jute in the little terrarium/cloche ($15 at TJ Maxx, and they still have a bunch) and voile, a new accessory! What do you think?
Well, that's all from my little hive! What have you all been up to lately?