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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Vintage Basket Makeover

Hi everyone, 
Happy Spring!
One of the first things I think of with the change of seasons, going from cold and dark winter to sunny and mild spring, is color!
Especially the soft pastels that I love.
So that was the inspiration for my latest makeover.
I had a cute vintage wood slat basket in my stash for several years, and really never did anything with it.  It sat nearly forgotten in the cupboard for ages.  I almost got rid of it more than once, but thankfully I held onto it!  It looked like the type of basket that might have held produce at one point.  I neglected to take a before shot, but it had the original dark finish.  Cute and rustic, but not what I had in mind!
So, I ended up painted and embellishing it, and this is what I came up with!
 I began by dry brushing the entire basket in a soft peachy pink chalk paint.  I blended several different colors til I came up with the shade I had in mind.  I just love doing that!  I wanted some of the original dark stain to show thru, so that is why I decided to dry brush it.  And since it looked kind of "flat" with just the peachy pink, I then dry brushed a creamy white latex paint ('cause that is what I happened to have on hand!), layering it to give added dimension.  I liked that look so much better than just the peach alone!

 Then I set about to embellish the basket.  I began by pulling out some various supplies that I happened to have on hand.  I added gorgeous wide cotton creamy lace trim to the top edge.
I also happened to have these pretty silk blossoms, in the perfect shades of peach, pink, and blush.
Love!  I added those to the front, along with their green silk leaves.
 You know how much I love glitter, right?  Well, these flowers actually came with a touch of glitter, so I didn't have to add any more:)!
 Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I painted the cute little wood handle with the same peachy, creamy dry brushing technique.
I also love adding crinkly seam binding ribbon to many of my projects, and I had this pale pink that was perfect!  So I tied a generous bow of it to each side of the wire handle.
 The best part of this project, other than the fun I had, was that I had all of the supplies needed on hand!
 I've placed it in my Etsy shop.  Wouldn't it be darling used as a flower girl's basket in a rustic themed wedding?  Or filled with a pretty flowering plant?
Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful week!


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love the basket Donna. It looks terrific. We used to get those all the time, now all you get is a plastic basket with your fruit in it.
Hopefully your getting some Spring weather. Worked in the garden this weekend, puttering around with my flowers and adding some to my pots to make them look fuller.

Have a great week and hugs to Katie.
Waldo loves it when I stay in the garden a long time. Lili not so much, she doesn't like to get her feet wet. LOL Miss Diva....

Trisha said...

Super adorable Donna! I love the colors you chose and the flowers just fit perfectly with the basket. Another wonderful makeover by the fabulous you!

Musings from Kim K. said...

A gorgeous transformation. Those flowers with the glittered edges are also perfect. Love this, donna.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is darling, Donna...I love the whitewash look. You are good! :)

Jane xxx

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful, Donna. It looks great...just darling. You would think your hubby was gone and you had time to work on "projects". xo Diana

hazel marec said...

You really are creative! What a transformation from the plain brown basket! I love the way it turned out! It is perfect for spring. You really are an artist, Donna!
Laura and her two terriers!


Que bonito!!!!!!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Donna, I love your gorgeous basket. The color is so soft and pretty for spring and the glitter flowers are the perfect touch. You created magic with this great makeover. Aren't you glad you did not get rid of this one.
Happy Spring!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Love your new header for spring!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Donna the basket is so pretty. Love those flowers. I too noticed your new header and love it! Paris and Spring just go together don't they.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Donna your new header is pretty. Also the basket is very pretty and I see a little flower girl reaching inside and dropping rose petals.
Happy Spring,

Bente said...

The basket are beautiful, Donna. Love it.

BeachGypsy said...

That is so pretty!!

Tete said...

That basket is just precious! Well, except for the glitter. Love the washed out colors and the lace and everything, but the glitter!

Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Donna! I love the basket! It is so pretty! Such pretty colors you chose! It will make a lovey Easter basket for someone! Our weather has warmed up nicely! I hope yours is! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How charming, Donna! I love how you embellished the basket...really pretty!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

adorable! I love when I have everything on hand!


The Vintage Chateau said...

Darling! I have several of those baskets in my cupboard. Now I know how to doll them up!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice finishing touch with the flowers.