Jun 8, 2011

{IKEA baskets transformed...}

According to Carnegie Melon: "Only one book has been distributed in more copies than the Bible — the Ikea catalog."

I bought the Hemnes Sofa Table from Ikea for our kitchen nook to use as a console.  I like it because it has a simple design and is made from solid wood (not fancy wood, just pine, but that's better than particle board). I plan on painting and doing some distressing on it in the future, to change its look.  I may have to experiment using Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue, Old White, and Country Grey. 

The console painting experiment will have to wait, but I did do a little transformation experiment on the IKEA Branas baskets.  I like the baskets, but I do not love the original color.  They were a little "blond" for my liking.  So, I decided to paint them myself.  I used regular craft paint in a couple of colors until I got the effect I was after.

The baskets BEFORE:

 The baskets AFTER:

Here's how to get the look:
1. Use a regular paint brush and paint different colors of paint, using just paint, but with a dry brush.  Keep working the paint in the nooks and crannies of the basket.  I used a lot of Burnt Umber, and a little of Raw Umber Basics acrylic paint I got from Michael's. 

2. Once the paint was on, it looks a little "streaky" from the bristles of the brush.  I solved that problem by dipping the brush lightly into water and then running the damp brush over the paint.  That technique made the paint blend a little more and got rid of the "streaky" look.  They aren't perfect, but who is keeping score?  Right?

3. Once I achieved the look I was after, I let them dry.  Once they dried, I sprayed them with two coats of gloss polyurethane. 

What do you think?  I think I love them!

Speaking of IKEA...I can't wait to show you what we are doing with our mudroom with two of these: HEMNES TV UNITS!


  1. Love the look of those baskets! Liked your facebook page and your newest follower.


  2. LOVE what you did to the baskets...they look waay better now!

  3. Hi Erin,
    Looks good! I have those Branas baskets too which i used with the Expedit bookcase. :-)


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