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Adding a Fun Look to Baskets with Paint - Προσθέτοντας  ΧΡΏΜa σε καλάθια

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I know that it’s been chilly out there for most of you and even thought I live in a coastal town near the water, it has been chilly for me too.  When I have a moment to relax, I like to snuggle on my couch with a blanket and my pillows.  The problem is I have nowhere to store them when they are not in use. This old basket looked like the perfect candidate for storing my snugglies.  But first it  needed a makeover.


Ξέρω ότι κάνει πολυ κρύο για τους περισσότερους από εσάς, και  ενώ  εγώ   ζω  σε  μια παραθαλάσσια πόλη κοντά στο νερό, κρυώνω και εγώ. Όταν έχω μια στιγμή χαλάρωσης, μου αρέσει να φωλιάζω στον καναπέ μου με μια κουβέρτα και τα μαξιλάρια μου. Το πρόβλημα είναι ότι δεν έχω πουθενά να αποθηκεύσω τα χουζούρικα μου. Αυτό το παλιό καλάθι μοιαζει σαν τέλειο υποψήφιο. Πρώτα, όμως, χρειάζεται μια ανανεώσει.
A natural wicker basket befor, A basket for My Snugglies - The Boondocks blog
Looking through my trusty stash of paints I found this – and no I am not getting paid to show you this (although I should be).  

Κοιτώντας μέσα στα χρώματα μου βρήκα αυτό – και όχι δεν  πληρώνομαι για να σας το δείξω (αν και θα έπρεπε).

Folk Art acrylic paint - A basket for my Snugglies - The boondocks blog
I started off by painted the obvious top and bottom reeds which are thicker than the rest.

Ξεκίνησα να ζωγραφίζω τα πάνω και κάτω καλάμια που είναι πιο παχιά από τα υπόλοιπα.

Top and bottom of basket painted white , A basket for my Snugglies - The Boondocks blog
And a little inside.

Λίγο από μέσα.

Inside top basket painted white, A basket for my snugglies - The Boondocks blog
I mixed some black into the white and came up with this grey which varies in places.  I applied it to the handles and the two reeds which went down the front of the basket. 

Ανακάτεψα μαύρο στο άσπρο και κατέληξα με αυτό το γκρι που διαφέρει σε ορισμένα σημεία. Το εφάρμοσα στις λαβές και τα δύο καλάμια που ειναι στο μπροστινό μέρος του καλαθιού.

Front view of painted basket with black trim, A basket for my Snugglies- The Boondocks blog
And lastly, I added these circles just to make things more interesting.  I used jar caps of varying sizes to loosely outline the circles, not worrying if it was not perfect. 

Και τελευταία, πρόσθεσα στους κύκλους αυτούς μόνο για να εχει πιο ενδιαφέρον. Χρησιμοποίησα καπάκια βάζο διάφορων μεγεθών για να περιγράψω χαλαρά τους κύκλους, χωρίς να ανησυχώ αν δεν ήταν τέλεια.

Circles drawn in cener of basket, A basket for my Snugglies - The Boondocks Blog
I also distressed all the paint in various places by using a wet towel. Maybe I took off more than I should have!  But it looks like it’s been in use forever!

Έτριψα όλα τα χρώματα, σε διάφορα σημεία, χρησιμοποιώντας μια βρεγμένη πετσέτα. Ίσως έβγαλα περισσότερα από ότι θα έπρεπε! Αλλά φαίνεται σαν να το είχα έτσι για πάντα!

Detail of top of basket, Abasket for my Snugglies - The Boondocks Blog
And there it is, my basket to store all my snugglies.  

Και να’το, το καλάθι μου για να αποθηκεύω όλα τα μαξιλάρια και τις  κουβέρτες,  δηλαδή  τα χουζούρικα μου.

Front view of painted basket, A basket for my Snugglies -The boondocks blog
Finished basket full of blankets, A basket for my snugglies - the Boondocks blog
It also holds my pillow that I made from a sweater.  This is all the rage right now.  If you would like a tutorial, just let me know.  I’ve made about four of them so far and if I stay indoors much longer the house will be full of them!!  

Επισεις κρατά το μαξιλάρι μου που έκανα από ένα πουλόβερ. Είναι πολυ τις μόδας αυτή τη στιγμή. Αν θέλετε να δείτε πως το έφτιαξα, απλά ενημερώστε με. Έχω κάνει περίπου  τέσσερα μέχρι στιγμής και αν μένω κλεισμένη μέσα πολύ περισσότερο το σπίτι θα είναι γεμάτο με αυτά!!

Detail of distressed handle in basket, A basket for my Snugglies - The Boondocks blog
Detail of front of basket, A basket for my snugglies - The Boondocks blog
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Adding interest to a basket by painting designs on it, #DIYbasket #Paintedbasket #Easycrafts #Fullpainting #Paintingbaskets A basket for my snugglies - The Boondocks Blog
I think I did a pretty good  job of giving some much needed life to this old basket for my snugglies.  And now that I’ m done, I’ll just grab those blankets and my new pillow and snuggle up on my comfy couch!  It is sunny but ohhhh so windy right now.  Do you have a special  place where you store your snugglies?  

Νομίζω ότι έκανα καλή δουλειά ώστε να δώσω ζωή σε αυτό το παλιό καλάθι για τα χουζούρικα μου. Και τώρα που τελείωσα θα αρπάξω αυτές τις κουβέρτες και τα μαξιλάρια μου και χωθώ στο άνετο καναπέ μου! Είναι ηλιόλουστο μέρα, αλλά φυσάει  πάρα   πολυ.  Έχετε μια ιδιαίτερη θέση όπου αποθηκεύετε τα χουζούρικα σας;

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Deborah Hunter Kells

Wednesday 4th of September 2019

Lovely and simple - but a great effect. Thanks for sharing a project that we can easily do. :)


Tuesday 10th of September 2019

I like simple projects the best. Ones that can be done in half an hour if I'm lucky.


Thursday 28th of January 2016

So cute, Mary - that gives me some ideas for some of the baskets I have. Snuggling on the couch is definitely a favorite activity this time of year!


Friday 29th of January 2016

Now I can snuggle and not worry able tripping all over my pillows afterwards.Thanks for stopping by JoAnne!

wendi @H2OBungalow

Thursday 28th of January 2016

I love a good basket refresh! You added the perfect touch of character. Love that it's so big and the perfect size to stow your cuddlies:) Nice job my friend!


Friday 29th of January 2016

Wendi I've had this old thing forever, and it shows. lol It was either get a make over or out the door! I'm so glad I was able to reuse it.


Thursday 28th of January 2016

That is such a great wicker basket. It turned out nice. I can totally understand the need to snuggle up. I live by the coast and near the water as well - although it can be milder here than inland, it does get chilly. In the blizzard last weekend, I think we actually got more snow than the rest of the state - I know we got more wind! Burrr.... You should show us your sweater pillows.


Friday 29th of January 2016

Krista you are describing my situation exactly. We don't get snow because we are at sea level but we have a lot of dampness so we light the fireplace in the winter.


Thursday 28th of January 2016

I'm on my sofa right now coverd up with a's cold here as well...That basket looks super cool Mary! Those circles give it the needed uplift and make it stand out! I love baskets and I store magazines in them and I have another one also with blankets in it! Great way for storing them I think!


Friday 29th of January 2016

I too had once stored old magazines and books in it, but I think it is much happier holding the "snugglies"!

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