I went to Home Goods (one of my fave stores!) this past weekend to find baskets to go on the top shelves of my new tv stand (which by the way, all the wood is cut and now just needs to be assembled, stained, and polyurethaned...wow, ok, I still have a long way to go!). Anyhoo, I've seen these baskets everytime I go to Home Goods and I have always admired the wooden embellishments on one side, but the only 2 left were, well, not the cutest.
Yeah, they just weren't doing anything for me, so I was about to put them back, but then I figured I could do something to change the look of the wood cutout. And plus, they were only $5 bucks each!
I measured the cutouts and took a measuring tape with me to Michael's where I found this wood applique.
It's not a perfect fit, but it's not that noticeable. I'm trying to practice telling myself that not everything has to be perfect ::deep breaths::
I held the applique in place and traced the cutout on the back because I wanted to leave the wood bare where I would be gluing so that I could get a better bond.
And I ended up with this:
I pulled out my craft paints and couldn't find a great match, but decided to paint it anyway and try and work with what I had. It turned out looking like a charcoaly-brown; not so cute!
I tried adding different browns to make it look better, but it wasn't happening. I have learned that sometimes walking away from a project is the best thing you can do because that's usually when an idea pops in your head...which in this case I remembered that I have some Espresso spray paint left over from another project. I wasn't sure how it would look since it has a satin finish, but I ended up really liking the contrast between the applique and the background.
It's amazing how such a small thing can make such a big difference! Now I just have to go get another one. I originally only bought 1 to see if I liked how it turned out. Ok, and I also only had 1 coupon with me at the time =)