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Monday, June 7, 2010

{painted apple baskets}

I have not done a stitch of decorating in my laundry room since we moved in two years ago...until now! I have finally started, and the first project on the list was filling the empty shelf next to my cabinets.
I found these adorable apple baskets at Michael's for only $5.99. With a 40% off coupon, there are really inexpensive. They come in a couple of different sizes, and this was the medium one. Add some paint, distress ink, and some numbers, and you've got a totally cute and inexpensive way to add some storage.
I think these would also be super cute in a pantry...for potatoes, onions, etc. There is a larger size that would be perfect for that. And how cute for a playroom?

  • apple baskets (Michael's, $5.99)
  • painters tape
  • spray paint
  • distress ink
  • wooden numbers or letters (Michaels, .99)
  • craft paint & foam brush
  • craft adhesive...E6000, Liquid Nails, etc.
  • sandpaper

1. If your basket has handles, cover them with painters tape.

2. Spray paint the baskets and handles. I needed 2 light coats to cover mine--one can of paint covered all three baskets.

(If you are using spray paint, you MUST get one of these clip-on hand sprayers by Rustoleum. They are only around $6 at Home Depot. They make it so much easier!)

3. While that's drying, paint your numbers using the craft paint and foam brush.

4. Once the buckets are dry, use your distress ink pad (yes, the one you use for paper!) wherever you want it. I used distress ink because I wanted it to be black, and it was super fast and easy. You could also use a dark stain--Dark Walnut by Minwax--if you wanted it brown.

5. Distress your numbers with sandpaper. Using your craft adhesive, adhere the numbers to the baskets.

6. Add some ribbon, or strip of fabric to the handle if desired!



Blogger ★All Thingz Related★ said...

I love them soooo much!!


June 7, 2010 at 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are so cute. Love the touch of ribbon.

Come by and visit sometime.
6 Inches of Ribbon

June 7, 2010 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

LOVE what you did with these! They look fantastic in your room, and I'm loving the pop of color from the ribbon.

June 7, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger terra @ said...

So funny that I came across this today. I was just posting pics of my auction finds and I got a stack of bushel baskets for a dollar. Was wondering whether to paint them or not and what to actually do with them. Thanks for some inspiration. going to paint them and stencil some numbers on them now. Love your blog! Ya'll have the cutest stuff.

June 7, 2010 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

Love your baskets but that hand sprayer is awesome! I am going to have to look for one of these ;)

June 7, 2010 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Love them! They turned out really cute!

June 7, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger the thrifty ba said...

love these!

June 7, 2010 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Love them! So shabby chic. :)

June 7, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I don't know what I am doing wrong, but last two comments haven't showed up. I am featuring this at AND I am putting your button near the top of my blog as a "BLOG TO WATCH." I should have done this months ago. Your blog is so awesome. I could feature every post of yours. Congrads!

June 7, 2010 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I really like that you used the black ink. They turned out adorable!

June 7, 2010 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Preppy Little Dress said...

Seriously, those are too cute! They look pretty simple to make, LOVE 'EM!!

June 7, 2010 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger De Javu Crafts said...

i love these baskets, SUper cute idea! thanks for sharing!

June 8, 2010 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger Libbie said...

Oh cute! I just remade over some clearance Christmas baskets for my pantry & I am in love with those babies :) But I have to admit...yours are MUCH cuter!

June 8, 2010 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Jenglamgirl said...

Stinken Stinken adorable. I have just one of those same baskets... up on a cubby ledge in my laundry room. Its tilted on its side. However, your idea for the "3" is just so darling. I love this. Thanks so much for sharing. Jenn

June 8, 2010 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I love these! Cheap and fairly easy to put together! Cute idea! Thank you!

June 8, 2010 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

very cute idea!!

June 8, 2010 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Molly @ The Creative Maven said...

That is such a good idea! We have open shelving in our laundry room that just has piles of batteries, light bulbs, etc... I really need some baskets!

June 8, 2010 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Jana said...

Ohmygoodness cute! And I must go get one of those spray paint thingys!

June 8, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Mandi @ Finding Home said...

I I NEED these! These are incredibly darling. And right away I was thinking of them for a playroom. I've got babies on the brain as we are expecting our first. But then I loved the idea of putting my potatoes and onions in them even more. Thanks for the WONDERFUL idea! Next time I have a little extra $, I'm so doing this. Thanks for always being so darn creative!

June 8, 2010 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger One Cheap B*tch said...

I love your baskets! I saw them at U Create and HAD to immediately pop on over! Thanks for sharing the DIY!


June 8, 2010 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Three little boys and me said...

I LOVE YOUR BLOG I just love all the things you make and I only saw a few in the mins I have with three boys under 6.

June 8, 2010 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Cristan said...

I love this project. Thanks so much! :)

June 8, 2010 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Monica Fernaays said...

Wow - what a wonderful idea - thank you!!

June 9, 2010 at 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found you over at Ucreate. These are so stinkin' cute!!

June 9, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Really cute! I love baskets - any and all baskets!
I'm stopping by from Blue Cricket Design. Have a great week!


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June 9, 2010 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Adorable basket idea...great addition to your laundry room!

June 9, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger beth kruse custom creations said...

i LOVE these. adding them to my list of things to copy!

June 9, 2010 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

That is way too cute! I saw one blog where a lady made her son's Easter baskets out of those! Too cute!

June 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger girlfrugal said...

Those are gorgeous! I love the touch of the ribbons!

June 13, 2010 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger ★All Thingz Related★ said...

These are SUPER cute! ~Bridgette

June 15, 2010 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Tif said...

I bought everything to make these yesterday. I got sidetracked today, but hopefully tomorrow. I love them! I can't wait to make them.

I'm sure I'll link back eventually.

June 24, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Your baskets really inspired me, so I did some colorful ones to match our laundry room. Thank you for sharing! :)

July 13, 2010 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Jude said...

Your blog is utterly luscious -- I want to eat your heading photos!

This is such a great idea. I have a post on antiquing new baskets (,
but the idea of adding ink to the edges is brilliant. Yup, gonna do it as soon as I get home from work....
Your new follower,
Jude at
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July 21, 2010 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

I just featured this on my blog! I'd love it if you could come and grab and "I've been featured" button! Thanks for such a great inspirational project!

August 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM  

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