Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Are We There Yet?

Remember how this inspired this? Well, I have these grand plans of painting it, but it's cold--an old man froze to death in his own house, cold. No joke. Needless to say, that has kept me from braving the elements in the name of paint.
Of course, our basement isn't finished off yet...it'll just be covered in carpet someday anyway...I'll pop the windows open for ventillation...yeah, you can see where this is going. I found these for half off at the dollar store the other day! You know how much that makes 'em? Yeah, I don't either, but I know they were cheap!Some primer and a can of candy green paint oughta take care of that for ya!

I was a little nervous about finding just the right baskets for the drawer size, but Michael's came through for me. They had these for 1/2 off. At $9.99 a piece, I thought that was pretty good.
What's that? They don't match my floor, you say? I know. I went to Lowe's, bought some stain, and was ready to go. Then, my friend told me just to water down some paint and go over it until I have the look I want. Uhh..yeah. I totally knew that. Thanks, Layla!

Holy crap! If you've ever been unhappy with your basket color, try this. It seriously looks like that was the stain on there! I did a little happy dance over that one! Well, this is just a sneak peak. I was all ready to show off the dresser tonight, but my husband had other plans. One more step, and I'll/he'll be ready!

66 comments:

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..those green baskets are wonderful!
-sandy toe

Jennifer said...

I love how you say "holy crap", it's such a great expression.

I can't wait to see the whole finished project!

Barb said...

wow that is a great idea. water down the paint til you get the stain you need. looks really good. can't wait to see the final product.

mom

Natalie said...

I'm so excited about this that you'd think it was going to end up in my house, lol!

I'm going to putting the watered down paint tip to use, thanks,

Nat :)

Kim said...

What a transformation you did to those baskets! Can't wait to see the completed project.
~Kim

Christi said...

Your kitchen table area is so pretty, and I love the baskets! Can't wait to see what is to come! :)

Jennie said...

I LOVE them... I have painted a few baskets so many times that I don't remember what they looked like in the beginning.... we don't have a Michael's in our town, and I miss it....

Shannon said...

Looks great! I can't wait to see the finished project!

OH MY #6 said...

Love the green baskets. can't wait to see!

lea
xo

Jessica said...

I'm lovin' it! Can't wait to see it all finished. Stop by riversidescholars.blogspot.com for my 1st ever GIVE AWAY!! It's a good one! :)

The Graves' House said...

the basket makeovers are great. never thought about watering down the paint before... good idea.

Bonnie said...

love the green baskets! Who knew spray paint would cover the darker red and green And I really like the brown baskets. Watered down paint? Who knew!

Erika said...

Great ideas!! Anticipating the final reveal!!!!

beth at aunties said...

The green baskets turned out so well! I am looking forward to total reveal:)

Isn't spray paint grand?

Inspired Kara said...

That is so sad about the man who froze in his own home. I can't imagine how uncomfortable that would be.

I love the baskets, all of them!!!!!

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

I do love the little green baskets. Who will ever know---we won't tell. Thank you for sharing.

Kaitlyn said...

Those green baskets look wonderful. Can't wait to see the final product!

Sarah said...

Love that color...might paint mine now!

MJ said...

LOVE the green baskets! Do you mind sharing the brand and name of the spray paint you used? I am always on the look out for a great green spray paint - my FAVE color. Thanks! :)

Jessica said...

I have been stalking your blog for a few months now...and this is the first time I have left a comment!
I just loving looking at all of your great ideas! Your home decor looks like how I WISH my house looked like. I really love the neutrals.
I can hardly believe that you painted these baskets!! I would have never thought of that one.. holy crap! LOL
Keep up the great work.

Sweet Nothings said...

Hi there! I just found your blog via Beth's Blessings and love it! So cute!
You've done a great job with both of those baskets! They look great and what a great way to save!

Hope you don't mind if I "follow" you!

Brittany

Betsy said...

Would never think to paint baskets! Can't wait to see. Oh and by the way...we say "crap" all the time around this house.

Kelly said...

I have at least half a dozen baskets that could use paint. What kind of paint works best? ~Kely

unDeniably Domestic

coco said...

I am waiting for painting season here too...I have several things to work on and I am too sloppy to attempt it in the basement or garage! Love the stained basket!

Jodee Leader said...

I love the green baskets!

Tausha said...

can't wait to see the big reveal!! Do you not just love the apple green spray paint. I too am wanting to spray paint-the cold is kicking my painting habit as well. I think that the high today was 15. Super warm!!!
I did some crafty copying from you-it's not as fantastic as yours-but I tried.
I'll be back to check-yep, thats a promise!! :)

Astrid said...

Love the green! I was actually looking for apple green spray paint the other day and couldn't find any. What brand is yours?
HUH. That totally makes me think of raiding the thrift store for baskets! I could do a rainbow of baskets! (just kidding)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love baskets - watered down paint, huh? What a great tip.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the basket tip! I'm always picking up a few baskets here and there, but then they never seem to quite match. Why didn't I think of watered down paint? Love your blog. I picked up hand sanitizer for teacher gifts today!

Grin and Share It Cards said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Audrey said...

Sorry that was my comment above. I was posting on another account! Anyway,
I have been reading your blog for awhile now, and you are so awesome! I think I may have commented awhile back but just wanted to let you know your blog is very inspiring! I just started a house blog filled with all of my projects, and would LOVE to link to you!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

LOVE it! Can't wait to see the finished product. I have got to try that watered down paint trick on my baskets.

Blissful Nikki said...

WOW! This is awesome, I never thought about spray painting or "faux-staining" my baskets! Darn...now I have a new project! hehe

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Can't believe how you are making us wait. :)

Kris said...

You crazy basket painting people..good thing you don't teach math Chris...$1.00 for TWO baskets? Crazy. (you don't think all 3 kids would mind going out in 15 degree weather for a Dollar Tree run, would you?)

Notice anything fancy about my comment? LLLLLLlllllll LAAAAAA!!!! Being married to a computer hottie has its perks you know!

Michelle Antoine, Independent Health Insurance Agent said...

I am a new reader and love your blog! I had to comment because I have the same exact basket you painted and JUST TODAY I put it in my pile of stuff to spray paint!

DomesticDivasFancy said...

I love baskets. My hubby calls me the basket case. LOL! ;)

Mother Hood said...

I never think to spray paint things. Think of all the missed opportunities!

Kimba said...

Oh my gosh! How is it possible that I never thought to paint (spray or otherwise) baskets?????

My hubby will be sending you a letter of complaint.

K

sandra/tx said...

I'm waiting -- tapping my toes and drumming my fingers. Waiting, waiting... LOL

Layla said...

The magical final step is to spray them with some matte-finish clear polyeurathane....that's when they really come to life!

:-)

Layla
The Lettered Cottage

countrygirl3031 said...

Hi Chris...I totally love those green baskets. You are one talented girl!

Hugz,
Michele

Susie Harris said...

Your baskets are great...I love Layla..she's a doll! You know we cant wait to see your finished project!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Can't wait to see the finished project. Love the baskets!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Oh.my.gosh!!! I love absolutely everything that you've done so far!! I can't wait to see it all put together! And, yeah, great tip on painting baskets -- thanks!

crazigirl80 said...

I am curious-how are you going to get the dresser to look like the picture....what are you going to do w/ the drawers....anything special? Very cute!!!

Valarie Lea said...

Oh now I want to go paint something!!

queenbee said...

Hey Chris,

I cant wait for the revel. I am totally copying you who copied "clover lane" who may have copied someone else. I really am not a copy cat, ahem.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Love the paint job, too bad my husband won't let me spray paint in the basement! Way too concerned about fumes, that guy.

Screaming Meme said...

I love it! You are so inspiring...i want to paint something green now! Hey,Girl! It's Meme from Screaming Meme and Project: {Create A Home}...I want to personally invite you over to my blogs...SM is my main blog, as you know... and the Project is my new blog that I created to get inspiring and creative women to come together and be inspired to reach our goals and dreams...It is a mix of wonderful topics like decorating,cooking, baking, organizing,money,relationships,spirituality, and learning easy ways to make our lives happier...I hope to see you over there and at SM! Meme

Ashley said...

Love it all! Can't wait to see your finished project!! Tell your husband that your fan base is waiting. ;)

Mimi Sue said...

Can't wait to see it. Mimi

The Golf Widow said...

Great idea! The delay is just rude.I need more pics!!!!!Hurry.....

Kristin said...

I just found your blog today and I love it! Fantastic decor and craft ideas. And you're witty, to boot! Makes for interesting reading when I'm trying to put off doing the dishes. Thanks!

Mommy said...

Looks awesome! Can't wait to see the finished product...

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Ooo! Can't wait!

April said...

Loving your blog and loving the basket idea, I have so many ugly baskets, now I know what to do with them.

Freckles Chick said...

You are so freaking crafty, I'm oozing w/ jealousy! Watch out, BFF's in the making indeed =)
(we can listen to Jane Austen books on CD whilst crafting, LOL)

Sarah said...

Can't wait to see the finished product! You did wonders with those Christmas baskets!

-Sarah from Create Studio
www.createstudio.blogspot.com

~ Jamie ~ said...

The baskets look great. I have a few uglies that I could use that technique on. Can't wait to see that dresser all finished.

The Brown Box said...

New to your blog--I just love the idea. I am going to have to try it out!

Mary said...

Very clever!

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

I just followed you...I just love your ideas.

Sandy said...

lovely, lovely!
you are talented, girl!

Melissa said...

Great idea! I love it! I will have to do this form my son's teachers.Simple and cute!

The O's said...

Hi! I am new to your blog (actually I've been lurking for awhile now but haven't commented) and absolutely LOOOOOVE your style. I love every.single.thing in your house! Beautiful. Can you explain the process of the basket painting? I have some baskets that I'd like to get all the same color. I bought some spray paint tonight and went to town, but am not completely happy with the color it turned out. Keep up the great work! =)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...