Sunday, November 4, 2012

My New Old Basket

I have a desperate need for places to store my vast and some might say obsessive collection of decorating books. While cleaning out my shed I discovered a basket my mom gave me years ago. Light bulb! it would be perfect for storing some of my books. The color and look of the basket was cute but I'm kind of going in a more Scandinavian/ Shabby/ Farmhouse look. What to do? paint of course.


I base coated the basket in a gray gesso and paint mixture, then dry brushed over that with multiple layers of the white paint/gesso and the grey gesso/paint mixtue.




This is  the before. I'm guessing this basket is about 30+ years old. Mom used it for sewing supplies.







I  transferred a grain sack image from The Graphics Fairy  to the top using the same method used here and here. Then I dry brushed and sanded over the images after I added the stripes. I was aiming for a worn patina overall.




I like the way it turned out. If I decide not to use it for books maybe I can use it to store napkins and place mats. Well back to Christmas Crafting!



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36 comments:

  1. It's wonderful! I love the new look!

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  2. What an awesome basket... and made much nicer by painting it! Just fabulous!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Very clever! Also, I love the idea of a place to store place mats and napkins that does double duty. I live in a cottage so everything I store anything in has at least two purposes. Great blog post, thanks.

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  4. Oh, I LOVE how this basket turned out, and also the whole vignette! I love your style and am your newest follower-I'd love you to stop by and say hi :)
    Susan

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  5. The basket turned out beautifully! Great job!

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  6. Karen- I love the basket- You did a wonderful job with it. Blessings- xo Diana

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  7. Your basket turned out so pretty, love the gray, so soft looking. Your basket will look nice no matter where you put it or what you use it for. Having it available will be very handy.
    I have several of the old picnic baskets. For too long they were out in shed taking up room, getting dirty. A few months ago I decided to paint one of them (a light aqua) on the body and the bright apple green on the top. It turned out so pretty and cheerful. I keep crafting supplies in it so they're handy but out of the way and don't clutter up the l/r. I found another smaller one I've been storing my fall decorations in but think it's going to get paint job after I need it to store fall stuff that will go back out in shed in box. They're just so handy. Seemed silly to have them in shed when I can always use a pretty storage container. I tend to work on projects on my kitchen island so then "stuff" is all over the kitchen and part of living room. Not looking nice at all if somebody was to drop by.
    I have at least two more picnic baskets out in shed so will be giving them an overhaul too. Great way to repurpose something, clear a little out of the shed.
    Enjoy your basket. Happy Week

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  8. Thank you for sharing this. I will Never look at a basket the same. I am going to do this!

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  9. I LOVE IT!!!!! you did such a gorgeous job!

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  10. such a great looking project! love what you did with the basket

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  11. I know, you wanted it painted and I am glad you did... but I liked the old version. Just me, I guess.

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  12. Love your remake on the basket! You can never have too many baskets. :)

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  13. Such a pretty transformation. I bet your mom is looking down admiring the finish you gave it.

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  14. Great idea and very pretty transformation!

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  15. Gorgeous basket! I like dry brushed technique. It gives an object such unique look.

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  16. What a beautiful basket-you are an inspiration to me!
    Ellie

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  17. It looks so beautiful! I love color and the top!

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  18. Oh this is so great! I have a similar basket that I have been wanting to paint, but have hesitated. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    Angela

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  19. What a gorgeous transformation! I love the technique you used.

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  20. beautiful! love the layers of paint. so glad i found you at savvy southern style!

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  21. I just love the basket. I just cleaned out a closet and found a picnic basket we were given for our engagement. We are married 20 years now and were engaged for almost 2 and we have yet to use the picnic basket. You have totally inspired me to do something like this with it. I will be pinning this. I would love for you to link this up to my Fall into Fall party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

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  22. I like how you redid your mom's basket--like the grey shade you chose. I also really like the vintage-looking graphic for the top. I love square-shaped baskets, but I also have a ton of round ones, too--I love them all:)

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  23. This looks great! I have an old basket that's getting a makeover tomorrow thanks to you :)

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  24. Oh my goodness, WHAT a difference. I can't believe you achieved this entirely new look with just paint. It's seriously gorgeous, I want one for my home! Really great job and I love it was your mom's.

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  25. Oh that is just fantastic Karen. Love the new fresh look. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Looks like a totally new basket Karen. Turned out great...you have inspired me. Lovely vignette. Wishing you a great weekend.

    Hugs,
    ❤Ana

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  27. A pretty transformation, Karen! Love your white pitchers! Thanks for your visit and becoming a follower. I am following your blog now too. I have entered your name for my Giveaway. Enjoy your weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  28. Be the viewers of my good luck to visit me, please have a cute block
    I love you kiss

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