Inspiration can come from just about anywhere. There are times where I go looking for it and then there are times when it just hits me. I love when that happens.
While at dinner with a friend recently, she gave me this old basket. It was something she no longer wanted but knew I would use for some project. That is love my friends. When you have friends that give you junk, hold on tightly to them.
I love having baskets to throw all sorts of stuff in, yet with three dogs in this house hair balls are continually rolling by on our floors. I thought, “what if I could give this basket legs and save some hair from getting on my blankets?” That is what I set out to do. The first thing I did was spray my basket a pretty color.
I then searched for some old table legs that I had bought for another project but never got around to completing. I found them, taped the ends off, and sprayed them a pretty gold.
Next, I measured the bottom of my basket and cut out two squares of plywood to those measurements. They would end up sandwiching the metal bottom of the basket in the next step.
Once I had my wood cut, I also sprayed both pieces gold to match the legs. I then used clamps to hold one piece of the plywood on the bottom of the inside of the basket. Using the same clamps, I also attached the other piece of wood onto the outside of the bottom of the basket. This basically squeezed them together while holding the wood and basket in place.
I used my Ryobi Nail Brad to permanently join these two pieces of wood together (with the basket in between). The last step was to attach the legs to my basket. I drilled little holes into the bottom piece of plywood. The legs already had a screw coming out of the them, so I twisted the little legs in, flipped the basket over, and it was done!
What an inexpensive project! It cost me a little over $2.00 for the plywood, and I had all the other supplies. I love when a project doesn’t cost a lot, is not a lot of steps, yet the finished product is so fun!
I put this basket in my colorful living room and threw some pillows in it. It is just perfect.
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What do you think?
Do you want to go hunt down an old basket to give it legs? If you don’t have one lying around your house, maybe you have a friend who does, or you can find one at a thrift store. Different shaped baskets and legs could give this concept so many fun looks. Take this idea and make it your own!
I hope you are able to get crafty this week! Find a minute and do something creative. It might just be figuring out a new meal to cook or a better way to organize your desk, but each little time we stretch our creativity, I believe we are better off for it!