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Coordinating Old Baskets

Happy Wednesday, All! Again it’s the week of giving, so I give to you… The gift of what it’s like living in my home.

If you’ve been around the site, I’m sure you’ve noticed now that it’s a mix of the new and old. This project doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with our Online Shop, but does have to do with updating and coordinating old pieces; probably items that you already have around your home!

I needed storage for our laundry room/mudroom and I mean, lots of it! I’ve Pinterest-ed the boards of these gorgeous mudrooms with ship lap walls and magnolia wreaths, but let’s get real. I live with monsters… Monsters? Isn’t that a bit harsh? NO, let me explain it this way… My excitement for this project wrapped-up about 5 minutes after I took the photo when I got a text from the upstairs that read “your basket flew apart”. — Ya’know; it’s not good when you’re getting texts from another room in the house. It just flew apart? Hmm, likely. — When I went to go check, it was like a bad CSI reconstruction, proving the basket self destructed. The basket was flipped on its side, the tag was dangling by one screw, the paper insert was clear across the room and the second screw has been MIA for about a week now. So… Lessons learned.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Old baskets don’t be afraid to mix and match
  • Paint I prefer milk paints, they adhere the best – the product I use is General Finishes, but you could also use a flat paint
  • Angled Paint Brush
  • Gorilla Glue if your house is like mine, go for the good, heavy-duty stuff
  • Vintage Labels
  • Paper/Book Pages
  • Optional, Sandpaper
  • Optional, Yarn/Burlap/Twine
  • Optional, Old Wine Rack(s)
  • Optional, Caster Wheels

The very first step is to paint the baskets! You can paint halfway-up, lightly coat, fully coat; but the angled paint brush will allow you to get in to places on the basket without a sloppy mess. I lightly coated my baskets, then once dried, lightly sanded, because I wanted to incorporate white accents with a warm undertone. – Also when I out making my rounds, I picked-up an old wine rack for some shoe storage. If it isn’t fun or takes more than three seconds to put away, you better believe that it’s going to be dropped on the floor. I figured we’d give it a try; I lightly painted and sanded the wine rack as well.

The next step is if you want to incorporate any accents to the baskets such as a yarn, burlap or twine. We know what a hobo bag is, right? I wanted a hobo basket and to pull-in the white accents; so I used the yarn and crocheted around the top brim with very basic stitches. – If you’re unsure about the crochet and want an accent, you can also weave your yarn/burlap/twine in-and-out of the top-brim. It will create a nice subtle accent.

Next-up are our labels. I picked-up some vintage library labels on Amazon. They’re a very inexpensive way to dress-up, just about anything and also come with the hardware.

Now this is the part that’s VERY important. Baskets are weaved, so your screws probably aren’t going to match-up exactly right. Get your heavy-duty glue (learn from my mistakes, don’t use a glue gun). If you’re using Gorilla Glue, lightly dampen the back of the label and the basket. Put a very small amount of glue around the holes of the label, place on the desired location of your basket, then screw the label down. Make sure you put a little bit of weight on the label and let dry. – I went through the same process with the caster wheels on the wine rack.

If you have larger floor baskets and want them off the floor, you can always incorporate the caster wheels or hairpin legs to raise the basket a little bit higher.

The last step is to decorate your paper for the label. I used my hoard of book pages and the printer since my writing is horrendous. Assemble your baskets and GO!

I hope this is something you can use in your home. If you tried it, we’d love to hear from you!


Coming-Up Next:

  • Thursday, November 28, 2019: Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Friday, November 29, 2019: New Items Added (rhymes with mosage morange) and Giveaway Winner(s) Announced
  • Saturday, November 30, 2019: Small Business Saturday! Oooo, what’s next?
  • Monday, December 2, 2019: Cyber-Monday! Whoot, whoot!

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