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April 05, 2017

Battling Zero at the Thrift Store? DIY It!

I will fully admit that I spend a lot of time at Goodwill thrift stores. As a DIY blogger, I’m always on the hunt for new project inspiration and pieces. But, even for a frequent thrifter like myself, there are certain items that remain elusive and, well, un-findable.

Case in point? I had my heart set on finding a metal basket to create some farmhouse-style Easter décor. Metal (or wire) baskets are SO trendy right now, and I was positive one would cross my thrifting path if I looked hard enough- but, alas…I remained empty handed. And with Easter looming around the corner, I had to take things into my own DIY hands. So, I headed to a reliable corner of the store- the basket section. 1_DIY_metal_basket_from_Goodwill.jpg

I recently discovered some amazing “weathered steel” spray paint from a previous project on my blog that turned out AMAZING! So, why not give it a try on a regular fiber basket? Would it transform into a metal basket before my eyes?


Yes!! The picture, I’ll admit, doesn’t do it justice- there are nuances in the finish, like old galvanized steel. Maybe not exactly what I had envisioned for so long, but it’s close enough for this DIYer!


To finish off my “Farmhouse Easter” look, I filled my “metal” basket with crumpled up newspaper and topped it with natural wood shavings.


And on top of that, a handful of faux chicken eggs, as if I had just collected them from the farm.


This is such an incredibly easy “hack” that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner. So, when the thrifting Holy Grail eludes you, a little DIY can really save the day.

Craft on!