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I’m really excited to show you one of the new projects I came up with for my front room. We all have seen how huge Monogramming has gotten, I have always been a fan of letters and this current trend has made it so easy to find the letters that have meaning to me pretty much everywhere. I found this basket recently and decided it needed a makeover.
Here it is before:
It is a nice big basket that I’m excited to put some throw blankets in (however I realize it is very likely it’ll become a great place to keep toys off the floor in the front room). I loved the size but didn’t love how boring it is. I also don’t have many things in my house that are just a *wood* color, it needed a little love.
I broke out my computer, some paper, and a whole lot of painters tape. I pulled up a font I liked and made the C huge. I couldn’t print it as big as I wanted on one page so instead of printing it I just traced it off my screen (see, there are some perks of not having a touch screen). As you can see the letter is just about the same height as the whole basket. Once I had it traced out I used an exacto knife and and cut it out. Using a LOT of painters tape I secured it in place.
Next time I will be sure to tape off the entire back of the basket. The hard thing about painting baskets is that tape doesn’t really like to stick to it and the spray paint will find any area you have exposed and paint it! I was able to use a little bit of fine sand paper and take care of the over spray, next time I will be more careful.
With quick, light strokes spray the area of the C (be sure to not get too close, you don’t want drips). Once you have it done quickly remove the paint and paper before the paint dries so nothing sticks.
Here is the finished basket. I love it, I love how it now matches my room and it was really a pretty simple process.
A couple of things to note:
You could easily use a paper cutter to get your letter, I just didn’t want to get mine out.
Because baskets aren’t a solid/flat surface getting a crisp line is nearly impossible, I don’t think it looks bad just be prepared for that ahead of time.
Be prepared for over spray, cover well anything you don’t want to be painted, including the seams of your tape.
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