Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Basket Embellishment

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 =)
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13 comments:

Katie said...

Cute! And a great way to use the baskets!

Liz said...

Well that sure dressed it up! Very cute!

~Liz

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Nice! I like the embellished version much better! Great job!

Nikki@KreativeKnack said...

Those are so much prettier with the little applique! Wonderful!

One Life Many Journeys said...

I too like the contrast. Great way to make it yours!

{All Thingz Related} said...

Oooh I like! I love that you took some thing that was fine on its own...but you thought you could make it better and SURE ENOUGH! Now its AWESOME!!
~Bridgette

Katie said...

Just coming back to say thanks for stopping by my blog!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Such a clever and creative girl. My heart is going pitty pat.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great idea and you definitely dressed that up! Those appliques are so useful.

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

Thanks for all the nice comments!

Sarah @ TheUglyDucklingHouse said...

What brand is your espresso spray paint? I am always looking for that perfect black-brown but the closest I've gotten is an Oiled Bronze color made by Rustoleum. TIA for the tip!

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

Hi Sarah - I use the Rustoleum paint in satin espresso. It's a white can with a picture of a patio table and chair (I think). I buy it at Home Depot. I love that shade of brown because it doesn't have a red tint to it. Now maybe you can tell me where you find the oiled bronze because I looked at Home Depot and Lowe's and couldn't find it at either place! =)

Katie said...

Wow! I totally would have passed by those baskets without thinking about how to improve them. You are always thinking!!! They look great. :)

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