Hi friends and welcome to day #3 of March Madness, 31 thrifty makeovers in 31 days!
I have a special treat today! I am so excited to be participating in a Flea Market Swap AKA Swap it Like it’s Hot! This is a challenge where a bunch of crazy bloggers came together to swap thrift store crap, and then we each have to work our magic on what we got! How fitting is this for my own March Madness challenge? You could send pretty much anything and my thought was, the cheesier the better!
Well my good friend Shanna from Restoration Redoux (follow that link to see what she made over) had me and I have to say, she went pretty darn easy on me.
Here is what I received from her:
Not too bad, right? My first thought was to use the basket as a new lamp shade for the lamp, and the proportions were perfect. However the max wattage for bulbs for this thing is 15, and the basket was just too opaque to make a good shade.
Today I am going to share how I transformed the basket. I also transformed the lamp, but I’ll be back tomorrow to share that one. There really wasn’t any way to repurpose this little basket into something else and cutting it was out of the question, so I gave it a makeover instead:
This fabric came from Walmart. Mine just started carrying fabric and while I was stocking up on food before we were expecting a big Winter storm, I hit up the fabric section so I could work on this while we were snowed in. 🙂
I love it!
In case you have a round woven Japanese basket that someone sends you in the mail to transform, here’s how I did it…
I spray primed and painted the rims:
Then I lined the inside first, using hot glue to secure the fabric all around the inside top edge. I secured it to the bottom inside edge with hot glue also:
For the bottom of the inside, I cut a piece of cardboard and two pieces of batting and placed them on the backside of the fabric:
Then I hot glued the fabric to the back:
I tufted the bottom piece with a few buttons:
Then I hot glued it to the inside bottom.
Then I attached fabric to the outside using hot glue also.
For the top, I did the same as I did for the inside bottom, only I added piping for a nice clean edge. I hot glued the piping to the outer edge:
You can find my super simple SEW and NO SEW tutorial for piping here. I added one button to the center on the top, then hot glued the padded top to the top of the basket.
For now I’m using it to hold my ribbon:
I never would have purchased this if I saw it myself, but now I have so many ideas for it. It would make a great sewing box, or it could be used to hold nail polishes, or how about on a desk to hide supplies?
I told you Shanna took it easy on me! Poor sweet Emily from Two Purple Couches wasn’t so lucky! Here’s what I sent her to work with:
Visit Emily here to see what she possibly could have come up with for these items!
You can follow along all week if you like. There are over 30 bloggers participating!
I’ll be back tomorrow to share how I transformed the lamp.
I can tell you two things: It’s no longer gold, and it’s not a lamp. 🙂
Shazam! See what I turned the lamp into HERE now!
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