I enjoy upcycling old “junk” into something usable and fun. This week, I finished an organization project in my kitchen; it turned this mismatched pile of baskets gathered from various corners of my house into a clutter busting shelf for all the nonsense that gets tossed on the bar.
This is the “before” shot of the baskets. Apparently, I have no pictures of the cluttered bar (whew!)
To make these baskets more uniform, I painted and covered them. The project took about 2 -1/2 yards of fabric, a can of spray paint, some ribbon and buttons for the oddly shaped baskets and newspaper to make simple patterns for the liners. I’m not a great seamstress, but I have a sewing machine and I’m not afraid to use it. :)
This is after they’ve been unified . . . the paint was a little light, so I went over it with Minwax staining sealer. It gave them a fun anique-ish color, but required an extended airing for the paint fumes.
To finish my project, I arranged the baskets on a narrow bookshelf I bought for less than $20 when a local bookstore went out of business. It takes just a sliver of space, but holds all the baskets nicely when placed near the phone and chalkboard. That chalkboard was a project several years ago – made from a framed painting that was just sitting around in the garage. I reworked it with a thin piece of wood and blackboard paint. The artwork in the bottom right corner is a beloved piece done by my grandson when he was 3. It will live in the corner forever and ever. Amen.
This is a little hard to read, but I zoomed in to show you what a workhorse this new little unit will be . . .
Happy Easter, everybody!