I recently saw some antique baskets with numbers and letters painted on them and I just loved their look. I am a big fan of baskets, anyway, and the idea of painted letters and numbers on one had never occurred to me. These antiques inspired me to finally work on a basket I got at an auction a few months ago.
This basket was sturdy, but it was “blonde.” (Nothing against blondes…I am one, but I’m not a fan of blonde baskets and wood.) It was only $1.00 at the auction and I knew I could do something with it.
Can you believe it’s the same basket? I decided to stain it in my favorite dark walnut stain. I simply used a chip brush to apply the stain and a rag to wipe off the excess. I allowed it to dry overnight before I sprayed it with a satin polyurethane.
I used black acrylic craft paint and free handed some random letters and numbers.
I was going to take it to Lucketts, but I love it and I’m keeping it. For now.
I have a fun day ahead of me. My three year old is “graduating” from his first year of school and his class is putting on a program in the morning. From there, I am going antiquing with my shop owner and then my dad, aunt and uncle are coming up with a U-haul and pick-up truck full of furniture and fun stuff for me. Not only are they bringing me goodies, but they are driving up here to help me at Lucketts. Have I mentioned that I have an awesome family?