Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The No. 214 basket - salvaged storage

Remember the No. 3 crate I whitewashed recently? I decided to whitewash it in the grape arbor because there would be no worry about dripping paint and there was the teeniest bit of sunshine shining on it while I was working. Standing there waiting for one coat to dry I looked around and....holy cow! I'd completely forgotten about this locker basket thing I used to have a geranium planted in. It was still full of dirt, it just hadn't had any flowers in it for...oh...two years....*cough* umm....yeah. The dirt got dumped in the garden and the basket got a wipe down and spent a couple days under cover drying out.

Nice rust, huh? :)

Since I still wanted some under-the-bed-storage (and this just fit) I decided a quick clean up and maybe some cloth inside could make it work. I found a scrap of muslin and very roughly measure it, and cut it using the pinking blade on the rotary cutter.

Once stuffed inside the basket the fabric was a bit too free with the flopping about so I needed to secure it in a couple places. A quick punch with a paper hole punch - be aware this won't punch all the way through on all sides, at least mine didn't, but it did make enough of a hole to run some string, ribbon, etc. through.

A length of jute string to keep with my rustic look... (and that includes my hands! Good grief! Lotion, woman!)

Tied secure and no more flopping.

Perfect rustic companions keeping my papers contained and out of sight.
At least I won't be embarrassed to leave these out in the open should I perchance to need the papers!

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CountryBlessings@Lakewood said...

Can't go wrong with a basket + metal + rust = lookin' good!

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Love the old wire basket! I'm really liking wire right now.

Cottage Dreamers said...

I love those wire baskets!
☺ Celeste

KMfamily ;-) said...

Love those old baskets!!
Im so glad people recycle

Meg said...

Very cute...I've had my eye out for some baskets like that FOREVER, but nothing has popped up! Very depressing. Love what you've done with yours!

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shari said...

beautiful...but where's the cat accessory? you're awesome, molly!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

What a great basket - love what you've done with it.

Meg said...

Oh my gosh, LOVE these!! You have such great taste!