$1.00 Basket transformation

I picked this basket up Saturday at a yard sale for $1.00.

Yes, it is a pretty basket.

BUT

I just thought it could be a little prettier.

It needed to POP.

Know what I’m saying?

So….I got out my chalk paint….watered it down….

TOO MUCH BY THE WAY.

Be careful when you water down the paint…..

I think it affects the color when watered down too much.

I was stretching this out for three bar stools and a basket…..

And stretched it a little too far.

Which you will see when I reveal my bar stool fail.

: (

This was in the drying process.

But here in all it’s glory.

Believe it or not.

Painting baskets is not as tough as you think.

Especially with watered down paint….I just brushed over the top.

I didn’t try to get down in nooks and crannies……and it looked totally painted.

Everywhere.

I have also painted baskets with spray paint.


Here is that past post. (It took me 747 hours to find that past post. I’M sorry I didn’t use to label my post about the subject…..I’m learning!)

Turned out great that way as well.

This had a flatter….older look that I preferred over the two…..

Just so you know.

But keep in mind your cost.

If you want.

I’m not your mother.

Just your bloggy big sister.

So, I’m sorta’ the bossy, big sister.

Ok with that?

Back to the basket…..and not our family issues.

I could see it in a white living area….as a fresh pop of color with throw pillows…..

In a bathroom with rolled towels.

What do you think?

Update an old look?

Or make a newer look appear old?

Either way, do you like the transformation?

I distressed lightly after painting.

The handles with a heavier distressing.

Applied the AS paste with a brush lightly over all areas…..then the dark on the handles and around the edges.

Just to give a more worn look.

Like it was a worn…well loved piece.

Remember the before?

And after.

Whatcha’ think?

Got any baskets laying around that need a fresh look?

You don’t need to buy chalk paint to do this.

Let me know your thoughts!

Love,

Me

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0 thoughts on “$1.00 Basket transformation

  • August 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm
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    Lovely, and thanks again for another great and simple inspiration. Red is my favorite color, so I’m partial to the new look!

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  • August 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm
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    wonderful simply wonderful …I may have to find me some old dried out faded baskets to paint !!!

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  • August 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm
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    I like that very much!!  I never would have thought to paint a basket but it really works and looks great!!

    I didn’t realize the AS paints came in bright colors!!  I’ve always seen them in whites and pale hues….hmmm!!!!!  🙂  I just saw a bright blue last night and today red???  Now I’m really starting to get interested in chalk paint!! 🙂

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  • August 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm
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    Love this!  I just read your yoga post and almost spit my drink on the computer screen!  Hilarious!
    My sister forced me into a yoga class ONCE.  Let’s just say that we now refer to it as “that unfortunate yoga thing.”
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

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  • August 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm
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    Oh, yeah, I totally love it!  But then I’m in a basket painting frenzy right now!  Well, if you can call painting 2 baskets a frenzy.  Maybe not.  But I love them!  Glad to know I’m not the only one!  Tried out for that TV show yet?

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  • August 25, 2011 at 3:16 am
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    Beautiful transformation!  I adore painted baskets, and just finished doing one with an old, French country look to it with a dark base paint and a whisk of whitewash.  Painting baskets is truly alot of fun!  🙂

    xoo laurie

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  • August 25, 2011 at 3:40 am
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    Great job! I did this with a few baskets a little while ago and went with spray painting. It’s good to know that it turns out with a brush as well. This looks awesome. And I really like the color! 🙂

    Bekah
    beckaboots.blogspot.com

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  • August 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm
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    @df06828353520f162dc9b885c0311a1b:disqus  I think 2 counts as a frenzy and I need more than you and my mom watching me to qualify for a “fan base” ; ) Love, Me

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  • August 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm
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    @google-6155ffed56cbdd93d5da2e909883a20f:disqus  Don’t even have to old and faded….just cheap ; ) check out Salvation Army. They have a ton of cheap baskets. Love, Me

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  • August 25, 2011 at 9:22 pm
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  • August 30, 2011 at 11:52 am
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    I swear we never need to buy new things now that we know how to paint! We can just trade stuff on and off and paint it!  Great job 🙂

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  • August 30, 2011 at 10:03 pm
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    I love baskets and I love this post….heading to find an old basket to fix up…thanks for the inspiration!

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  • September 2, 2011 at 11:26 am
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    That’s a great basket!  Love the color you chose.  Thanks for showing us how you did it.

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  • September 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm
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    Love old baskets, and this really looks wonderful, good job!! thanks for linking up with VIF!
    xo Debra

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  • September 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm
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    It turned out ver nice. I love thee color. Thanks for joining TTF!

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