Has your decorating style changed over the years? Mine has. Some of the things I purchased when we were first married now makes me cringe. Including one certain little wooden Buddha doll that I was certain would bring good luck to our home. We purchased it in a wood carving shop in downtown Waikiki. It was the very first “home” purchase we made. Much of it has been passed on but I have bits and pieces here and there, including our little Buddha…and these seagrass storage baskets.
I’m not sure when I purchased them but I know we’ve had them in every house I can remember. Although, I’ve been tired of their look for awhile, they still served a purpose so I’ve held on to them. I’m so glad I did, because they were a cinch to update, and now they are perfect and fit right into my decor!
The two storage baskets looked like this before. Just plain seagrass baskets with a canvas fabric liners. The light color is what I liked least about the baskets so I decided to give them a quick stain.
We had Rustoleum Kona on hand so I used that. I lightly brushed on the stain. Then, with a lint free rag I rubbed the stain into all the little nooks of the basket. I saved the liners so if I want to make new ones with fun fabrics I’ll have a template.
For even more of a trendy and updated look I added a numerical stencil to the front of the storage baskets. This was a breeze with my Silhouette machine. I cut the numbers out in vinyl and stuck them on the baskets as stencils and painted the numbers on with acrylic paint. Just one coat and and they were perfect!
See… they look so much better in the dark color with the pretty stencils. Love.
These baskets used to hold old photos and other knick knacks underneath our media center. Now they hold cookbooks on the above cabinet shelf.
I love them in their new home, the bring a nice contrast against the mint frames. I’m so glad I keep these baskets around. They are just lovely now.