Beautiful friends welcome back! Today I am back working through my Haul of Shame!
These two baskets have been hanging around as long as I can remember:
Let’s start with the one that gave me the most trouble:
It was marked 75¢, but it was late in the day at the yard sale where I found it, so the lady selling it said to just give her 50¢. I couldn’t not bring it home for two quarters, right? I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Always spray prime baskets first so the paint doesn’t flake off later. I may have learned that lesson the hard way!
Then for this one, I was thinking pink but decided I would attempt to add a diamond pattern around the sides of the lid in white:
I didn’t get a photo of what it looked like when I removed the tape, but let’s just say it didn’t look good. At all. Sometimes the weave of the basket can interfere with the pattern. (Yeah, we’ll blame it on that.)
So I painted in where the “diamonds” had been:
Except, I still didn’t love the pink, not even a little. I don’t ever use Krylon as I don’t care for the smell, but on my first pass of the pink, it pelted the front of my basket with a rough texture. That never happens with Rustoleum.
When I removed the tape from the strap in the front, the white was too white against the pink. See? My projects don’t always go as planned, but I just keep working until I get something I’m happy with!
So I sanded the rough texture off the front a bit and back to white it went!
There is just something about a white painted basket. This is primer only.
I added a little tag to the front that I painted with the help of my silhouette cameo:
The inside looked like this before:
It probably held a child’s picnic set at one time. I removed that liner and used it as a pattern to make a new one:
My rotary cutter and cutting mat set make it so easy to make those straight cuts.
Instead of breaking out my sewing machine this time, I used hot glue, so NO SEWING required!
I have this cordless glue gun that uses my Ryobi batteries.
Then I folded the top edge down and hot glued it to the top of the inside of the basket.
It’s perfect for holding nail polishes!
I used a scrap piece of fabric to wrap around the handle as well…
I really did try to go in a new direction, but it just wasn’t meant to be!
Next is this basket that I picked up for $2.98 at the thrift store:
I like that it had a unique shape to it, so although $3 seemed a bit much for it at the time, I bought it anyway.
This one also got spray primed, but then I gave it another coat of spray primer to really coat it good. Then I decided to paint the sides in a mix of Vintage Duck Egg Blue and Cotton that I still had from when I painted this ornate shelf…
One coat did the trick, then I decided to stripe it using FrogTape because adding stripes is such an easy way to add a coastal feel to something.
I gave it two coats of Cotton and removed the tape immediately after applying the second coat. You can see also that I swapped out the knob.
And here is how this cutie turned out:
I decided to give this one a sign to hang on the front:
I made that one with the help of my Silhouette as well. I secured it in place using craft wire. I just drilled a small hole in the upper corners of either side and fed the wire through the hole on one side and through the basket weave, then brought it out the other side. I wrapped the ends of the wire into a small “coils” using needle-nosed pliers.
And you can see the striped sides here too.
I lightly sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper and then sealed the sign and the sides with Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax in Clear. I don’t mind using wax for smaller items. There is no need to seal spray paint.
I threw a few shells in this one…
But…it is actually on our coffee table now holding the remotes and my glasses…you know…things!
So this one is a keeper!
In fact, I moved this whole tray to our coffee table as is!
Now it’s definitely worth $3, right?
That’s TWO more items tackled from my Haul of Shame YAY!!!
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I’ll see ya’ll back here on Thursday with this tray:
UPDATE: See how I updated this tray HERE now!
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