Faux Dipped Baskets

One of Martha Stewart’s Craft of the Day posts inspired Carolyn of Homework to look at some of her old baskets with more creativity.  Martha’s baskets were dipped in paint, but Carolyn decided there was probably an easier way to achieve a similar look.

Carolyn's Homework basket before

“I started with a plain basket,” Carolyn explains, “but didn’t like the dark warm tone of it. To tone it down I used craft paint thinned with water to give it a white washed color.”  Once the wash was dry, she simply painted the bottom of the basket white, making sure that there was a bit of a wave to the paint line, so that it would have a dipped effect.  Isn’t it pretty?

Carolyn's Homework basket after

You can learn more about this project at Homework.

Mum Basket Makeover

Lauren at The Endearing Home was saving the wood baskets that her fall chrysanthemums came in to use next year, until she came up with a way to upcycle them into something cute for her home.  She tried painting one, but that didn’t work out too well.  Lauren tells us, “I thought about how these baskets were a little flimsy and it would be nice to make it a bit more sturdy  while covering up the bad paint choice.”

The Endearing Home basket before

That’s how Lauren came up with the idea to wrap rope around one of the baskets.  The rope totally gave the basket the bit of sturdiness and the cover-up it needed.  The addition of a liner and some fabric flowers completed the transformation.  It looks like an entirely different basket!

The Endearing Home basket after

You can read more about this project at The Endearing Home.