Jazzing Up A Wire Basket

I had picked up a wire basket with a burlap lining to give me some extra storage in the dining room. I loved the rustic feel of the wire basket but felt it was a little blah.

Wire Basket - Before

In order to give the basket a little pizazz I decided to stencil a design on it. I used a Martha Stewart stencil and craft paint I already had in my stash of craft supplies. I secured the stencil to the burlap using blue painters tape and put a piece of cardboard behind the burlap lining to prevent the paint from bleeding through the burlap.

Stenciling Burlap

Stenciled Burlap

The stencil was applied to all 4 sides of the burlap lining, but I waited for the paint to dry to the touch before moving on to the next side in order to prevent the paint from smearing. As soon as it dried, it was ready to go back up on top of the dining room hutch to provide some much needed additional storage.

Wire Basket - After

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Picture Frame Makeover Surprise

I recently got certified as a Pilates Mat teacher. After all that hard work I wanted to frame the certificate I received, so it was time for another craft project. All of the unused frames I had on hand were oak or painted white, neither which would work in my office. A quick look through my craft cabinet revealed a sample size of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and I knew I’d be able to turn the oak frame into something that worked. What I love about the ASCP paint is you don’t have to pre-sand the wood before painting, you just go right over whatever finish is already on the piece. I painted the frame with the ASCP and after it dried used Annie Sloan Clear Wax on top of it.

Painted Frame

Frame painted in ASCP Graphite

I wanted to give the frame a slightly distressed look so I got out some fine grit sandpaper to rough up the edges of the frame. Here is where I got a small surprise. It turns out the oak frames weren’t actually oak but were some sort of composite material that looked like oak. What this meant was when I was sanding the paint almost peeled or chipped off which wasn’t what I was expecting. At first I was annoyed but then realized I actually liked how the distressing was turning out, so I went with it. Yes, sometimes the best things in life are a surprise!

Painted and Distressed Frame

Painted and Distressed Frame

Close Up of the Frame

Close Up of the Frame

I put a little more wax on just to give the piece a final buffing and popped the certificate in the frame and voila…it was done.

Ready to Hang

Ready to Hang

Red Solo Cup Art

This is a craft project from a few years ago when I first moved into my new house. The house has a large wall in the stairwell that needed a large piece of art. The problem with a large piece of art is it’s usually pretty expensive and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, especially when I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted.

Art on the Wall

Art on the Wall

I decided to make use of 4 blank canvases and some old paint I had lying around from prior projects. Two canvases were painted green and 2 were painted brown. After they dried they were placed right next to each other on the table. Now it was time to get creative with 3 additional colors of paint and 3 Red Solo Cups.

Red Solo Cup Art

Painting the Canvases

I painted the rim of each cup with a different shade of green, brown and beige and used each cup to ‘stamp’ circles on the canvas. I kept loading up the paint on the cup with a foam brush and continued with each color paint until I got a pattern I was happy with. I made sure to stamp the circles so they spanned more than one canvas so the design would line up when the canvases hung on the wall.

Red Solo Cup Canvas Close Up

One of the brown canvases

After the paint dried the canvases were hung on the wall in the stairwell with Command Strips. I chose to hang them spaced slightly apart so that the art would appear bigger on the wall. What I like about this project is it cost nothing because it was done with items I already had at home and that it can be done in any combination of colors to match your taste.

Hanging in the Stairwell

Hanging in the Stairwell