Inexpensive baskets are plentiful at yard sales and thrift stores. Use this easy project to transform them into stylish storage.Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors
Using a chip brush, apply dark walnut wood stain to entire basket, inside and out. Work in small sections, wiping off excess with a clean rag. Allow to dry until stain is no longer tacky. This may take several hours. Once dry, spray a coat of satin polyurethane over entire basket. Allow time to dry.
Using a computer, design stencil in a word processor program and print. (Old English font in 400 point was used for this project.) The design can be a monogram, significant date or random typography. Using a permanent marker, trace printed design on blank stencil. Tip: Simple lettering is best for a custom-cut stencil.
Use a sharp craft knife to cut stencil on traced lines. Protect work surface by using a cutting board or mat.
Tape stencil into place with painter's tape. Dip a 1-inch-round, stiff-bristled paintbrush into cream acrylic or latex paint. Remove excess paint on a paper towel, leaving brush mostly dry. Hold brush perpendicular to basket surface and apply paint with a pouncing motion. Remove stencil and allow paint to dry.