A Simple Project...



I took a little time this week to work on a simple project!  I found this basket for 99 cents at the thrift store...it's nice sized...about a foot tall and 8" across the top.  I decided to do a little decorative stenciling!



I didn't have any stencils that looked like what I needed, and didn't want the look of freehand on this project...so I got out stickers that were the right look and size...


What I actually used was the background surrounding the sticker letters and number.


When you peel them off, you are left with a stick on stencil.  Now, I wouldn't use this technique on paper, as it would be hard to remove from the finished piece, but it worked perfectly on this uneven basket!  You can move the pieces around until you get the look you like, and press down to get a good of a seal as you can.  You won't get a sharp edge doing this, but that is not the look I was going for...


I used a small foam brush and black craft paint, and brushed out most of the paint first on a piece of paper for a dry brush technique.  The stencil edges are close, so you have to be careful not to over paint, but I used a damp paper towel to remove any overageYou can see there is nothing perfect about this!


I used a sanding block on the dry paint to distress it even more,


 and a Sharpie pen to make a period after the number letters.  I thought it was a fun and simple transformation!



I am joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday

Until next time...

41 comments

  1. Linda, I love that basket and how the stenciling turned out.

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  2. Just plain cool.
    Thanks for your support.
    (((hugs)))
    Suz

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  3. Oh love that...it turned out so cute!!!! Great tip about the stick on numbers too! I would have never thought of that!
    ~Des

    PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you will follow me back :o)

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  4. Very cute, Linda! That's a great idea and so inexpensive.

    Blessings,
    Angie

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  5. What a perfect idea Linda,
    it looks so beautiful, and as if it had alwayes been there- thankyou for the idea,-
    Hugs and a happy day-
    Dorthe

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  6. You have the best ideas!

    I love it :)

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  7. Oh Linda, the stenciling turned out great on the basket! I love baskets and I am always picking them up at thrift stores too. Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

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  8. What a great idea to use the background for the stencil... it turned out great! t.xoxox

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  9. My kind of project Linda. It turned out great, what a deal!

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  10. Cute. Quick. Easy. My kind of project!

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  11. Looks great. I have been doing stenciled numbers on a fair bit of baskets around here as well. I also like the look of numbered chalkboard tags hanging on the handles. Enjoy!

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  12. I think this such a sharp look and simple to do. Great job. It takes the basket to a whole new level home decor.

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  13. Great tip on using the background of a stencil since they stick. Came out really nice.

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  14. That's so neat. I would love to find a stencil with that font.

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  15. Very clever and it looks great! You made that 99 cent basket look a lot more expensive!!
    Jane

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  16. Love it! I have a shelf full of baskets that I have picked up at thrift stores. Thanks for sharing your tip.

    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  17. A Great project! You did a good job and I love that look of the numbers!!

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  18. I can't believe the price of the basket .99 is a great price! Love the stenciling you did on it, thanks for sharing I'll have to try it!

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  19. Linda,

    This is such a brilliant idea....I can't believe I have never thought of it....I pinned it.

    blessings,
    karianne

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  20. I like that Linda - very easy and turned out really well. What will you use the basket for? Ann

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  21. You turned a really cute bargain basket into a great decorative piece! Good job as always. hugs, Linda

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  22. Love how that turned out..looks great.
    Bristol

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  23. Love easy projects like this especially when they look as great as this one!

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  24. You always DO
    wow me, Linda!
    I can't believe since
    I saw you at JMUG
    you got your sweet
    scale all kitted out
    with the nest and
    also tackled this
    little project. I want
    your energy!

    Happy Wednesday,
    xx Suzanne

    PS: Why 5? Just
    curious : )

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  25. Well...How cute is THAT?! I love it and great idea about the stencil! xo Diana

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  26. Very Pottery Barnish and for only 99 cents!!!

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  27. What a terrific idea, Linda! I never would have thought to use the negative part of the stickers as a stencil, but I am going to give this a try for sure! Thanks so much for the inspiration:) Love the basket, it's such a cool shape!!

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  28. Love this project! Great idea for making your own stencils. Mimi

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  29. Very nice!
    Great DIY stencils too.

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  30. Wow, what a good idea, Linda! That looks great :)

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  31. That is a really great idea, I love it. You did such a nice job on it.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  32. Wow, it's amazing what simple things like that can do! Eh, bloggers?

    Ciao Bella

    Bella Bliss

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  33. I love how that simple project turned out. So, easy! Are you going to do number 6?
    Hey, you can sell them!
    Have a great night :)
    xxx Liz

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  34. I love simple and quick! The stencil turned out great, I like the fresh look of it. We'd love to have you link it at WIW and show it off!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  35. What a great basket! I'd love to find one that shape - too cute. Love the added touch of the stencil!

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  36. So clever! I would never have thought of this! Thanks for the great idea!

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  37. Well, aren't you fancy. I love how it turned out!

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  38. What a great idea! I never would've thought of using the outline of a sticker as a stencil. It turned out great. I love numbers and letters used in decor.

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  39. I love this Linda. Very clever to use the negative part of the sticker as the stencil. It would have been too bold if you used the sticker by itself. Fun!

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  40. So cute-- and very clever for the stencil.
    I'm looking for just the right size hamper and lid to house my small kitchen trash can; and will probably do something like this on the outside.

    I'll have to remember to use the decals...

    ~Pat

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  41. I like what you did with that basket. Sure like your blog too!

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