Friday, July 23, 2010

Proceed With Caution

My husband loves his nightstand but it has only
a teeny tiny drawer for storage.
I tried to solve the storage problem with a collection of boxes
that I painted and numbered.
But they ended up looking too big and clunky for the space.
So I went to Plan B.

I had this great, vintage basket that was a thrift store find.
It was nice, but not all that masculine.
A nice coat of gray spray paint helped, but it still needed a little more.
Since my husband did service in Germany in his youth I asked him to pick a German word that he thought would be appropriate for the basket. I printed off the word in a font that resembled one found on old shipping crates.
Then I cut out the letters to make a stencil. Next I sprayed the paper with adhesive and placed it on top of a piece of scrap wood that I had already painted the same gray as the basket.
I spray painted the stencil and when the paint was dry I aged the sign with a little sanding and a light top coat of stain. Then I attached it to the basket with wire.I love that the basket now looks like it came from an old ship, complete with the German word for CAUTION. It fits perfectly under the nightstand and is a great storage solution for hubby's odds and ends.


The Buchanan Family said...

love it!

Angela said...

Nice work!! It looks great!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Nice idea, Joy! And I like how you got the hubster involved! : )

Mrs. Ohtobe said...

Great idea - and just be sure to use some vorsicht when opening up the man basket as you never know what you might find ~

Darlene said...

What a GREAT idea!!!

Lara said...

I love this! It looks great. I love seeing innovative ideas like this. It helps me come up with similar ideas for my home!

lanni @ said...

this is so cute! you have such great projects -- i'm following you now so i don't miss any :)

lanni (

chair up said...

I am so impressed with what you did to that basket. It looks fantastic. Great job with the stencilling.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

How inventive! A very cool, and practical, way for extra storage. Love it!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a great idea! I have stenciled on baskets before but I love the idea of adding the wood.
Hugs, Sherry

Jenny said...

Very nice idea!

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