Ok, I have to admit- after the exciting results from my DIY Windmill Project, I became obsessed with the spray paint I used. And so, while this newest project isn’t exactly complicated- it’s one of those “DUH!” projects that is ridiculously simple, but warrants a post nonetheless.
Even though our home décor isn’t “farmhouse” style, I couldn’t shake the idea of trying my hand at a DIY farmhouse Easter basket project. But after LOTS of thrifting and vintage shopping, I was left empty-handed…I simply couldn’t find a good wire or metal basket to use. BUT…but…there is always a plethora of regular fiber baskets that positively litter the thrift store shelves.
So, why not do a little “upcycling alchemy” and turn those fiber baskets into “metal” ones? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
I selected a few baskets for my experiment- in different sizes- and set about trimming off handles and woven pieces that were jutting out.
When all the trimming was said and done…it was time for the alchemy! Could the fiber basket be transformed into metal with just my favorite spray paint?
And, well, yes- yes it can be! The photo doesn’t really do it justice- there are nuances in the finish (like weathered, galvanized metal) that you can’t see. But in just a couple of hours, I had a “metal” basket for the cost of a regular one.
I don’t even know what I’ll do with these others, but I couldn’t help myself- the repurposing alchemy was too much fun! (And I’ll finish them with a matte clear coat to make them even more realistic).
Now that I had my farmhouse “metal” basket, I decided to fill it with some natural basket filler…(want to know a secret, though? The basket is filled with smooshed up plastic grocery bags…with just a little natural filler on top- that way, I don’t have to buy much filler!)
And on top of the filler, I added some ceramic/decoy chicken eggs to complete the farmhouse Easter basket look!
Doesn’t that look fantastic? And kinda-sorta like an authentic metal basket!
Plus, it doesn’t have to be an Easter thing- it’s perfect for just regular farmhouse décor (when you’re on a budget!)
Now you understand why I love this paint so much! It makes farmhouse style so much more achievable for thrifty types like me.