Ever since Kimba got her tobacco basket I have been on a mission!! Don't know what a tobacco basket is?? Check out all her obsessive photos here! So what to do...what to do... I mean I can't spend that kind of money on one....I would faint!! :) So I made my own tobacco basket...DIY time girls!! I created my own version for $1...yes a buck! :) Are you ready to see how I did it??
First of all gather your inspiration! Search google images for tobaccao basket and come up with great pics like this these...
Aaahhhh...yes just what I am craving!! I needed a base...something to start with. Yes it took me a couple of months to find. But I found this at the thrift store for $1!! It is some sort of flat basket. About 20 inches square.
I figured I could work with it. Yes it is the wrong color, wrong texture, just wrong.....but bear with me!!
I began by removing some of the vertical and horizontal pieces. I removed 2, left 3, removed 2, left 3...etc. Vertically and horizontally...
I then realized you could push those pieces and move them..hmmm. I pushed my "threes" together so they looked more like one large strip instead of little puny ones...
And after that was done I was left with this...
Okay shape was getting better....color not so much. So first thing I did was do a couple of really thin and completely uneven coats of spray paint. One in a light tan and one in white...
It totally did not cover all of the original color. Just a LIGHT and UNEVEN coat of both. And I did both sides of the basket...top and bottom if you will.
Yep I still wasn't sold on the color. I wanted more of that worn, been in a barn for too long look. So I broke out some craft paint. These are the colors I used for the entire thing. (You love my polka dot birthday plate don't ya??) I mixed and matched these colors. I ended up using a little more brown. But the other colors this is all I used for the entire basket front and back. The key is to put the color on lightly with a dry brush.
I just picked colors dabbed a little on my brush. Then made long fast strokes on the basket blending the colors in. I randomly placed the colors on. No rhyme or reason. And when I was happy with it I stopped.
A lot of the images I googled has some sort of stamp on the sides. So I added a few letters on the side for our state. You would have to look to find them but I thought it was a nice touch.
Now it was hard to take pictures of but can you see the various colors all blended together.
Looks more like it spent years in a barn huh??
So where does one put a faux tobacco basket?? On top of my vintage sewing machine is where mine landed for now!
I must say...I smile when I walk past it everyday!! I must show off my new pitcher for a minute. $1.20 on clearance!! Score!! It it like a really pale yellow!! I can spray paint it later if I tire of that color. For now, I love how it adds a touch of sunshine!! And if you missed my faux pottery barn wooden dough bowl tutorial -- you will want to make that little gem too! It is there with the wood spools in it..
And that little owl on the right came from a great etsy shop called Gnome Goods! I love mine!! But onto the star of the show...that basket!! :) I truely love the way the paint turned out. And yes it is not authentic...but for $1 it will do for now!!
If I run into the real deal for a steal of a price...you bet I will bring it home!! But this one will satisfy my cravings for a while!! I get to look at this gorgeous faux finish daily...
So have y'all been dreaming of tobacco baskets??
Posted at Transformation Thursday on The Shabby Chic Cottage.