October 27, 2013

Simple Basket Update

I recently found a nice sized basket at the thrift store that I thought would work wonderful by the fireplace in the family room.  It's a plain, simple basket, but I liked it's shape.

Originally, I planned to stencil some numbers to the front to give it a little personality but I quickly gave up on that idea.  Apparently, my stenciling skills need some work since my so-called quick project turned into hot mess.

To salvage the project, and cover the smeared paint, I dug into my scrap fabric to make a band to go around the basket.

I cut a piece of drop cloth fabric long enough to go around the basket.  Finished the raw edges with a quick zig-zag stitch and then added a some Velcro to the ends to hold the whole thing onto the basket nice and tight.

Once that was done I stenciled the numbers on with basic craft paint, let that dry.

This project sure didn't turn out like the image in my head, but that's  the way it goes sometimes. 

I like the finished result so I guess I can't complain.


  1. I love this idea, Robin...and think it's much more interesting than stenciling right on the basket!

  2. I like it. It isaneat touch. Love that your keeping it real, too. Makes us out here in blog land not feel like such a failure when our projects don't turn out as lively as yours!

    Happy Monday!

  3. you had me at 'simple' Robin - love it!

  4. Cute basket! I love using baskets in the fall and throughout the winter. They come in so handy as well as adding lots of warmth.
    Mary Alice

  5. I love this idea, even better then just plain stenciling. It's very cute!

  6. It looks great! I love having a basket by the fireplace with a cozy throw in it. :) At Christmas time, I put my children's old Christmas story books in the basket. Hope you have a great day!

  7. At least you were able to salvage the basket! I love the band of fabric around the basket anyway; gives it some softness.

  8. I think your 'mistake' turned out great!! :)

  9. Your new basket is beautiful, I love it! I like that look almost better than stencil right on the rattan!

  10. Your basket looks great!! Good creativity and great idea!!

  11. In all fairness, I think stenciling on wicker is pretty tricky. I think you made a good save, and the basket is lovely!

  12. Sometimes our mistakes can lead us down another path...and to a great solution! Love how the basket turned out.
    I'm so sorry to hear about your dog Zebby, Robin. He sounded like a true companion for you.

  13. Love the numbers...I am kind of obsessed with putting numbers on everything! I am a new follower...would love if you would follow back http://churchstreetdesigns.blogspot.com/

    1. I'm right there along side your with the whole number thing. Can't get enough. Thanks for taking the time to stop by, that's so sweet of you. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go hop on over to your blog and check it out. Have a great day.

  14. Sometimes it's good to make a mistake so you can come up with an even better project.


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