Tuesday, June 8, 2010

$1 Basket Redo

Before I start out this post, I just want to say thank you to everyone who's visited here, commented or encouraged me. It really means a lot to know people actually read and enjoy the chronicles of my decorating/shopping OCD. It really, truly makes me happy : )

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?

{live beautifully}


  1. Anonymous6/08/2010

    You can fix anything with a CLOCHE, right Court?! Bahahahaha! I love you [and cloche].

    Once again, excellent project!

    PS- I was thinking of having you be a guets blogger in the next week or 2 with a cute DIY project... what do you think?

    Love you.

  2. I'm completely infatuated with all of your politically correct words... Jute... Cloche... I'm pretty sure the most eloquent I could have been would be "twine" and "cool glass globe thingy" ;)

  3. Mira Mullen6/09/2010

    Love the basket. Super cute and seemed fairly easy. I am all about that. Thanks for the shout out the other day too. It was fun to get included in a blog post! Do you ever pop into Dandurand Drugstore at Central and Rock? It is another cute location that I often can't resist. You would have fun in there. Not always great for a budget minded gal, but some wonderful ideas. I have been working on my junk/office/guest/ironing room this week, but am thinking of traveling to the South side of town to check out the DAV and Goodwill's around there. I am a bit scared, but will let you know if it is worth it. Have a great rest of the week.

  4. great job on the basket and i love the "twine under glass".

  5. Great basket!
    And ain't that the truth about a cloche? ;-)



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