Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Burlap Tied Metal Basket

Ahhhh the joys of metal baskets...they can be used for so many things.

towels, books, magazines, toys, garden supplies...
I'm out on the sunporch, my favorite spot, to show you
 this roomy metal basket that I've had in my garage for the last few years.
(I know....the story of my life.)

I of course, did not come up with this cute way of embellishing it...

adding burlap ribbon and some sort of number or tag.

I have a problem with plant eating kitties,
so anytime the plants are made more difficult to access...the better.

This pastel  "Tumbling Blocks" vintage quilt
 is one of my very favorites for Spring.

I'm trying it out on my baker's rack here on the sunporch

But guess what...
after looking at it all day,
I decided I wanted it to be WHITE!

It doesn't show up as well in the photos,
but I love it's fresh coat of paint!

I DO like it better!

I can't take credit for this idea,
as I saw it on a recent shopping visit at Inspirational Home.

I think it would work for almost any metal basket,
it's a fun way to dress them up just a little.

I'll be linking up with these sweet gals this week,

Paula and Patty at Ivy and Elephants
Anita at Cowgirl Up
Michele at Primp 
Kathleen at Faded Charm


  1. Love everything about everything! How do you keep the burlap from fraying?

  2. It does look better white, Debra. I love adding embellishments to baskets too. Love your beautiful spring quilt too.

  3. I love it with the burlap tied around it. What a cute idea. I like it white and I like it original. Either way it makes such a great display. And perfect little safety net for the plants! :)

  4. Oh I love it all so pretty ! Great photos and ideas ! Have a good day !

  5. Debra I love this idea. I do have a couple of wire baskets I can embellish this way! You are a gem!

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  6. Oh Debra, as always I am in love with your sunporch!... your wire basket full of magazines ad angel vine looks so pretty, no wonder kitties want to get at it!... wishing you a beautiful May Day on your sunporch, much love, xoxo Julie Marie

  7. The photographs are outstanding! The wire basket is beautiful painted white; and the quilt...stunning!

  8. Love it! Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

  9. I love it Debra! I am such a sucker for metal and burlap. The coat of white paint gives such a fresh look. Love it!!

  10. I love it Debra. Everything look better after you have touched it. I featured it on my FB page. Grab a featured button if you like.

  11. You made an ordinary basket into something really special! I'm inspired, and LOVE what you did!

  12. love it in the white, but, then, i paint everything white:) i'll have to copycat this with my basket!

  13. This is great! I love metal baskets and the burlap makes it even that much more special. Black or white? Both look great!

  14. That wire basket is perfect out on your sun porch with plants in it! I love burlap ribbon tied on things. I have some tied around the metal mesh wastebasket in my powder room. You're right. It really adds just that little something extra that it needs. I like the added number tag on yours too.

  15. Debra, your bakers rack is the most wonderful decorated rack.I am in awe of all the sweet things in it,and your basket painted white looks so lovely there with the spring plants inside-surely much better that black.
    And so sweet is your quilt in the lovelist soft spring colours.
    Such a beautiful spring display, dearest friend.

  16. It is the bomb diggity white or not. I think Joe has some similar baskets out in the yard-what to do?

  17. Love the burlap ribbon through the basket. I may have to borrow that idea. Beautiful vignette and all the plants are fabulous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  18. I have quite the collection of metal baskets in my garage too :) Love the added burlap and #...perfect on your sunporch! Laurel

  19. Debra,
    Your basket looks great.Love the burlap on it.I am actually working on a project similar.I too have a kitty and I need to watch any indoor plants or flowers.

  20. I love it, Debra, and I love it even more in white! It looks like a very versatile basket, too.

  21. Debra,
    What a perfect size wire basket!In black, the basket stood out...in white, the accessories stand out! Quite a transformation! Lovely wherever you place it!

  22. Love the burlap idea. I may have to try that on one of mine. Everything looks so beautiful in your photos.

  23. Hi Debra,
    What a great way to dress up a little wire basket. I love it both black or white.


  24. I like your basket in white and you have it dressed up so pretty! it looks fabulous on your baker's rack, which I love. Well, I love your whole sunroom! I recently found some chicken wire baskets that I am having fun with...never thought I'd tire of wicker but there is something so sweet about wire!

    Happy May Day, Debra!


  25. Although I've seen a version of this a few times, yours is the first one to keep plant eating kitties away! How wonderful your porch looks.

  26. I like it both ways. Can't go wrong with a metal basket. I just posted about using a metal basket in my centerpiece. Fun stuff!

  27. I have a few of these in my booth Debra...now I want to bring them home and copy you! Love it white!!

  28. LOL - I had an old metal milk box in my garage for about 15 years and then one day it's as if I 'saw' it for the first time and thought, "Gee, I should do something with that." -- which I did. I love the basket white and LOVE your sun porch and how you have it decorated!

  29. I absolutely, love your idea. So simple yet elegant.

    Happy mid-week-

  30. Sun porch is fab! and I love the wire basket! I'm on the hunt for one too, hope to find it soon.

  31. Hi Debra!
    Great idea to add some softness to the metal basket with a burlap ribbon and tag! I loved how you surprised us mid-post with the paint transformation! Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my Jane Austen inspired window! I look forward to linking it up tomorrow for VIF!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  32. Love it girl..Hope you have a great week..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  33. Great Idea....pretty and it serves a purpose too...kitty deterance!
    Can't beat that!

  34. I love that basket too Debra. The touch of burlap is a great touch too with the tag. Lovely photos.

  35. So cute, Debra! I loved it before it was painted and even more after. Very charming!

  36. I think we are all in love with the nostalgia of a wire basket...makes me think of bicycles!!

  37. Looks great Debra ~ I think I may have to lug my Bakers Rack downstairs to my sunroom now too!
    Dee Xo

  38. What a great idea...even if you did copy it. I would too! I have a green bakers rack in the barn that used to be in my kitchen. I like yours painted white. Hmmm....the wheels are turning!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  39. LOVE IT!!!!!

    Your pics are awesome, you have inspired me to do a little painting too.

  40. Very pretty! I like it better white, too! Good old spray paint!
    via Fill Your Cup

  41. Debra, I can honestly say I like your version better than the one you saw at the store. And I know what you mean about plant-eating kitties!

  42. Really pretty Debra, I have some left over burlap, I may try this! Love yours!

  43. Oh my, Debra! I am going to look for wire baskets to embellish with burlap! Yours turned out great and it looks fabulous on your baker's rack!

  44. This looks so fantastic! I have looked at the burlap ribbon at Michaels a few times but now I will definitely keep it in mind for the next time I have a coupon without a purpose :) I don't care whose idea it was, I'm just glad I saw this tip!

  45. Debra I love the fresh coat of white on your bakers rack. I have the cutest metal basket in my kitchen window that I fill with plants. Why wasn't I clever enough to come up with this idea? I have burlap all throughout, but it did not cross my mind. Thanks for sharing and I hope you don't care if I'm a copy cat. Thanks for showing it for Share Your Cup Thursday.

  46. forgot to mention that I love your quilt.

  47. I love your sun porch and all your wonderful collectibles. I think the basket looks better in white too!
    Thanks for sharing this creative post on Simple & Sweet Fridays.

  48. I forgot to tell you that you're the winner of the Mother's Day Gift Box on Rooted in Thyme! I sent you an e-mail to let you know. Congrats!


  49. love the burlap-love it all!!! :) chris

  50. Perfect for Spring...that basket would look GREAT any color!!! Love it and especially love your burlap touches! Featuring you tomorrow!

    XO, Aimee


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