Side note #1: If you’re following along in my series, 31 Days of Following a Hunch, you may notice that I don’t have a day #5 post. I needed to take a Sunday yesterday and take the day off from blogging. I hope to end up with 31 posts at the end of it, so I’ll need to be creative in how I pull that off.
Side note #2: This post is something I prepared and worked on while we were in our old house, but I got busy with the work of moving and never posted it. Today I’m helping a friend redecorate the waiting room of her counseling practice, so while I’m busy working on that project I’m sharing a previously completed project on the blog.
One of my favorite Goodwill finds of the last year was a large basket for our walls.
It measures nearly three feet in diameter, and it was only $4 at my Goodwill in Colorado. I am always on the lookout for unique, large wall decor. I loved the circle shape of this piece. Most of the things on our walls are photos, artwork, or maybe collections of things. But the bigger items all have corners. I loved that this didn’t, and knew I would always want something to break up the corners of my other decor. So I followed a micro hunch and bought it.
I didn’t love the finish on it. It’s hard to see in the photo above–sorry that it’s so out of focus–but the finish was very orange. Once I cleaned off all the dust, I noticed it was also very shiny.
I had some General Finishes gel stain in Java from our banister project, so I decided to try it on the basket. I already had the stain, and I figured I could spray paint the basket if it was a total fail.
I just rubbed in the stain with an old t-shirt, and then I used an old tooth brush to get the stain into the weave of the basket.
I did two coats and then let it dry for 24 hours.
Here it is in our current house. It’s large and graphic, plays up the strong dark-light contrast of the beams and banister in the next room (see more pictures of that here), and it was acquired for pocket change. The best part is, I’ve seen several other baskets like it or similar in thrift stores. So if you see one, pick it up. And let me know how you make your mark on yours.
P.S. If you want to read about how I made that slip cover in the picture above, click here.