Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pretty Rosette Basket And Another Craft Room Update

My back and neck are feeling much better, so today I was down in the craft room, where I tackled putting the 'new' old entertainment center back together.  Rather than replacing the old doors on the bottom of the middle section, I created a desk area, where I can work on jewelry or other small projects.  There are still several details to finish, but it's up and it fits the spot perfectly!

Earlier this week, I painted this pretty basket I found at a thrift store.  I liked the rosettes, but it needed some love.

Once again I used gray primer and gesso to give the basket a weathered look.  I painted the primer on with a sponge brush, then used a 1 inch regular brush to get into the crevices.

 After that dried, I used an old stiff brush to apply a liberal amount of gesso.  

Then I used a paper towel to wipe most of it back off.

Then I played again.  Do you play with your projects?  I can't get white pumpkins around here, so I spray painted three little orange ones.  I really like the stem on this one.  It looks almost sculptural against the wall.

This planter is up by the house and hasn't been frosted out yet.  It's so beautiful, I'm thinking of bringing it in for the winter.

This basket is available in my Etsy Store.  Until the next project...keep crafting!

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  1. I like that basket and what you did to it.

  2. Very cute! Visiting from Under the Table and Dreaming.

  3. I absolutely love your basket. What gorgeous design features on it, so unique and beautiful. Your paint and gesso application have really made it even more appealing. Love it. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at
    Hugs, Gayle.

  4. Hi Deborah, I have missed a post, hope your back and neck are ok! I just love the basket and the pumpkin. I havn't seen white pumkins her either. yours turned out great. Hugs, Lynn

  5. It looks like you are going to have the kind of craft room most of us would love to have. The entertainment center is going to give you so much space. You gave that basket a beautiful transformation. It looks so shabby chic after you got your very talented hands on it.

  6. Hi Deborah, Your basket is lovely . . . I really like your method of painting it. Thank you for sharing.

    I am sorry that it took me so long to get back to you, on the subject of my New Antique Milk Sign. Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I am delighted that you wanted to pin it for future reference, that is a very nice compliment :) Thank you for asking permission . . . and the answer is, yes:)
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  7. Love the rosettes on this basket - so lovely!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime.


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