Saturday, January 28, 2012

Old Basket is New Again

Remember when baskets and basket making were really popular?  At one time I had so many baskets my dad commented that if a tornado ever hit our house I'd get poked to death.  I'm sure he was just being the concerned father.  Yeah...right.  Thanks dad!

I got rid of most of my baskets long ago, but a few favorites have hung around. Literally, hung in the basement or barn.  This is one I couldn't part with.  I love the shape, but the colors were faded and blah. So I decided to do something about it or get rid of it.

Somewhere between this picture and the next, I either lost the step-by-step pictures, or forgot to take them.  I did this project a while ago, so I don't remember.

I stained just the handle and diamond shapes with some old stain I had, using a foam brush, squeezing most of the stain out of the brush first.  The stain happened to be Spanish oak color.  After letting it dry, I taped off the stained parts and spray painted a coats of white primer, followed by several light coats of white.  Very easy, and I love the way it turned out.  I'm storing my dishtowels in it.  Here are some pictures of it on my new shelves.

I've been playing on Picnik too.  I love the sepia feature.  I'm hoping all these features stay when it transfers to google.

Have a lovely day!

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  1. Great transformation - I like the cleaner softer looks.

  2. Very pretty, Debbie. LOVE the white on the basket. Your rolling pin matches the handle so well.
    I thought picnik was closing...will it stay open..just switching to google?

    1. Picnik is closing, but not until April 19 and we all can use Premium until then! I intend to use it a LOT until then!! Check out my post on Picnik and GFC (for non-blogspot users)closing:

  3. It looks so lovely like that. What a great transformation job you've done! I wouldn't have thought to paint a basket but it looks gorgeous!


  4. Very Pretty - love the white! Thanks for linking up to Take it on Tuesday and showing this project off!! Great job!!

  5. So pretty! Love the contrasting colors you used! :)

    xoxo laurie

  6. Such a pretty transformation! I love the stain - what a great accent. Now I'll have to look at all of my baskets, ;), and see what I can come up with.

  7. That looks so fresh, Deborah Lynn. I actually giggled at your Dad's comment. And, What?, you mean to tell me baskets have gone out of style? Oh, no!

  8. I have just found your blog,and I joinned. I love the basket. I love to create also so I will visit you often, Hugs, Lynn

  9. Your decorating ideas are great. One day, I will get my house remodeled and then--Let the decoratin' begin! I have become a follower and hope to get to know you better.



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