Saturday, September 10, 2011

My New Metal Basket

So I found this adorable metal basket at our local Flea Market. I fell in love with it, really. It was dirty and the paint was really dingy looking. But I loved how the wire is shaped all flowery and dainty. And I really loved the $5 price tag. I grabbed it and cradled it lovingly for the rest of my flea shopping day.


And then I took it home and painted it blue. I wanted to spray paint it, but I couldn't find the exact color I wanted. So I ended up mixing two blue and one white acrylic paint colors and hand painting it. I love this color!


And then, after a few tries on my computer, I was able to make the perfect sized circle template to line its bottom. I used the template to pre-cut out a whole bunch of different scrapbook papers. Whenever the mood strikes, I can switch the paper on the bottom. I definitely could have Mod Podged paper onto the bottom and called it a day, but I really like the idea of changing the paper and the look of the bowl.

Right now I'm really loving this white and red polka dotted combo.



Are you noticing the dark background? We stained our dining room table! Yep, the same table that I used in that very first picture at the beginning of this post. It was covered in rust stains and kid marker and all the other signs of a well-loved table. And now it looks so beautiful! But I have to save all that for another post because I'm still working on the chairs. How can I show you a beautiful table that is flanked with ugly, ugly chairs? I CAN'T! So for now, you'll just have see the beautiful dark stain that we used. And the beautiful blue basket that sits on top.



That is filled with apples and lemons.


And sometimes tomatoes.


And soon will be lined with Halloween bat paper.


And filled with eyeballs.


Or with orange flowers.

AND eyeballs. 3 bucks worth of eyeballs from The Dollar Tree. Totally worth it. In fact, I'm pretty sure I'll be purchasing a few more bags of decorative eyeballs soon.


Because, really, can one ever have too many decorative eyeballs? I think not! And, also, are you impressed that I just used the term "Decorative Eyeballs" in a sentence? 


I already have some Christmas paper picked out. I'm not usually a pine coney person, but this basket seems to want to be filled with a bunch for the holidays. Or maybe with some pretty ornaments.

Valentine's Day? I'm not sure yet. 


But I do know that for now, in the off-season, it's filled with fruit. And I love it.


And whenever I glance over and see my new basket, it makes me very, very happy. 



19 comments:

cik chinta said...

so cute

UhOh! Here We Go said...

I really like that basket! I wish I could find niffty stuff like that but I don't know where to look besides GoodWill (and I have found some pretty awesome deals there!)

Katie said...

I'm now in search for a new basket (as if I needed another reason to yardsale!) Love it!

4kidsgrandma said...

Love it, Darcy...and your photos, too!

Ali Richardson said...

LOVIN' IT!!!!! ps - aren't the eye balls amazing!!??

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

SO CUTE!!! AND YOU made it so versatile... even cuter. winks-jen

-Kelsey Coghill said...

Super cute! and I love the paper inserts! the polka dots are my fav though :)

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

This is really fun! Thanks for the fashion show of all the papers. :)

Lisa @ Turning Tables said...

It turned out fabulous! I love the color you created! :)

Sara said...

SO pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would share this project at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-4.html

Kristin said...

Love it, smarty pants! New follower via CraftOManiac!

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

thanks for linking to Take-a-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!! - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Cute basket, great color, and wondeful idea changing out the paper! Saw you at Flamingo toes :)

Patty said...

What a difference a little paint makes. And what happiness it can bring :)

Mandy said...

What a cute little basket. Great idea with the different paper on the bottom!

Shannon Fox said...

Super cute! The paper liner is a fab idea. Being able to change it out is so versatile. Love the color you picked.

Promosyon said...

Cute basket, great color, and wonderful idea changing out the paper! Perfect for keeping any fruits or vegetables.

Casey said...

it's so pretty! I love the color you painted it!

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