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13 June, 2010

My Shabby Picnic Basket Planter!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Picnic Basket Planter I am excited about my latest project…a planter made from an old picnic basket that has been “antiqued.” It was fun and so easy! I think this may just be my favorite project ever! But if you know me, you know I’m a copy cat…and this time is no exception.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Picnic Basket PlanterAnd here is my inspiration! It is a ceramic planter from FCLstyle…a sister company to Pierre Deux...both of which, sadly, are now defunct. And this basket caught my attention right away! But…being the thrifting addict that I am, I immediately began trying to figure out how to make an inexpensive version. So here it is…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Picnic Basket Planter First…of course…start with a wicker picnic basket! My Goodwill hunting buddy, Linda at Nina’s Nest, knew I was on the lookout and found this one for me…for only $3.93! Isn’t she a good friend?  Hmmm…I need to do some tweaking. (Notice those three brads holding the strap on the lid. I’ll mention them in a moment.)

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Picnic Basket Planter Sooo… I removed the top and got to work. I cut the straps that were inside (for holding plates, etc.), drilled little holes and folded them over the edge, attaching them through all thicknesses with those brads. Once I was satisfied that this would work, I removed the straps for easier painting.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Picnic Basket PlanterI spray painted with a coat of white primer, a coat of white paint and  then reattached the straps.  Next, I  “antiqued” it by brushing on medium gray craft paint diluted one part paint to two parts water. I wanted it to look old, but not as dark as theirs. A final coat of clear indoor/outdoor sealer will help protect it from the weather. The inside was already lined with plastic…all ready for planting! I simply cut a few little holes for drainage.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Picnic Basket Planter Finally, I added potting soil and begonias! I used moisture control soil because I am hoping that I will need to water less often and extend the life of my planter. And here is the result! What do you think?

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Picnic Basket Planter I love the contrast of the textures and the shades of pink and gray!  And my version only cost about $10 including flowers since I already had most of the things that I needed on hand!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Picnic Basket Planter Now I am going to have a cup of coffee and biscotti on the patio and admire my work! lol I need a little quiet time. I just finished dog-sitting for a week for my daughter’s six (yes…six) dogs! It will be nice not to have twelve eyes watching every bite I take!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Picnic Basket Planter And the staff is too busy chasing bugs and lizards to notice.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Picnic Basket Planter Ahhhh! This is the life! I think that breakfast on the patio is my favorite thing about summer! Won’t you join me?

Update...here it is at the end of the summer...fabulous!  I would say those are some happy begonias! This guy will be part of my summer patio regulars!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please visit these wonderful ladies and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Today’s Thrifty Treasures
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special...Fav Projects
See you next time! A la prochaine!

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105 comments:

  1. I love it, Debbie! Wish I had seen this before the sale. One of my girls put a basket on our sale. It's gone now, so I won't be doing this...unless I find another basket, that is.

    Wonderful project!

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  2. Love the basket. I have one so similar to it... now where did I store that thing??? I may do some digging today to look for it.
    Thanks for the idea!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  3. Pretty darn cute! I'm impressed! You took a great idea & made it your own! marvelous!

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  4. A cute idea and it looks so pretty with your flowers. Beautiful photos and mosaic.

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  5. So cute...
    I'm always looking for ways to use things outside..
    Great idea.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    have a great Sunday!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  6. That is the cutest planter I have ever seen! I think I will head to my Goodwill today to see if I can find one. Thanks for the idea.

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  7. I love this Debbie! What a great idea. The begonias were the perfect choice. You are so creative, I would never have thought of this in a million years. Put your feet up and relax, I know that taking care of 6 dogs is ALOT of work. Because I used to have 7 :) Hugs, Kat

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  8. Hahaha... 12 eyes watching you eat. Too funny!

    Love the basket; you are brilliant. It looks so beautiful. I have used old baskets as planters, but have never "modified" them, and within a couple of years they are rotted thru and I am hunting for "new" broken down baskets. I should try the paint-and-seal method. Smart!

    Cass

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  9. That is really gorgeous, Deb. I love the silver colour and the contrast is lovely. I know what you mean about pet-sitting dogs....not much different than kids, I think. Enjoy the quiet, calm & carefree felines today. Loved your post. Have a great week. Hugs, Deb =^..^=x5

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  10. What a fantastic redo! I love the idea of a basket planter.

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  11. Yes! So very cute. This was a great idea.

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  12. What a cute idea, Debbie...I am sure there will be a few of us copying, too!

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  13. Yes is a cute idea, love the transformation, pretty pretty basket planter.

    Hugs
    Charo

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  14. Debbie I love it! What a great job and so cute with the begonias in there! I love cool planters and this is a great idea! Thanks for showing us!

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  15. Debbie - you did a fantastic job! So cute and perfect for your breakfast table. What a bargain on the basket.. Now if you could find more at that price, it would make a perfect gift!

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  16. Now following from Savvy Southern Style...love this basket redo and would like you to share in on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Hope you can join! Rory

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  17. Great job, Debbie! It looks so pretty on your table!

    Smiles,
    Carol ; )

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  18. Hi Debbie, I love, love, love this idea! You are quite the crafty gal. SIX dogs! Wow!

    Have a great Sunday, Bonnie

    PS - did I mention how much I LOVE your project! It's beautiful

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  19. Debbie, your basket planter looks fantastic. Like it better as a planter than a picnic basket. You are so clever. Your tea setting looks welcoming. Love the dishes. French? Have a great Sunday! ~ Sarah

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  20. I love it.....might have to copy!Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  21. From another self proclaimed "copy cat" and a hugh Pierre Deux fan, I love it!

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  22. This is absolutely fabulous! I just love it - what a great project. I am totally going to have to steal this idea. :) Yours turned out great - so pretty. And your breakfast looks divine. Happy Sunday!

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  23. The staff is adorable, and so is that basket! Great idea, Debbie! Cute as can be, and I like yours as much as the one you spotted that was pricey! You are the queen of fun things like this!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  24. OK, Debbie, it's official. There has been a "run" on the picnic baskets and there are no more left at Goodwill. Pottery Barn will be copying idea this soon. F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. Linda

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  25. What a great inspiration and a super job reproducing it! You patio looks very enticing...gray and gloomy ( and coldish) here in New England>

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  26. Debbie, I saw this idea at the sale I was at yesterday and I loved it!! In fact, I bought a $2 picnic basket at a rummage sale earlier in the week! Will wonders never cease? You are inspiring many....
    hugs, Sue

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  27. Debbie, I love it. You did an excellent job of duplicating that. I like yours much better than the original.

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  28. That is just superb Debbie!
    I love it, such a great idea and soooo charming!
    You have the talent girl and I love the mini-tablescape too. I can't believe you babysat for 6 dogs with all those kitties too!
    You went above and beyond the call of Grandma duty!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  29. I see those all the time at Goodwill! That very exact one as a matter of fact!

    What a cute idea! I have been to that site and must check it out. Your tablesetting looks so pretty!

    Manuela

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  30. Really cute, Debbie! Those picnic baskets come in handy for all sorts of things. I have one that is upright & has plasticware inside & we do actually use it for picnics.

    Love your planter!

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  31. What a cute clever Idea...I love it, and it looks fantastic Debbie!~

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  32. OH MY WORD! You should be excited....I'M excited about your amazing project!!! I would love to try this one day. You totally inspire me!

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  33. That looks SO good! What a steal on the basket!

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  34. That looks really cute and just like the picture too!

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  35. Great job - I thought it was concrete, or the like, when I first saw it. I haven't been to that website in awhile. Will have to go back.
    Dropping by from Met Monday; 18ft island kitchen.

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  36. Wow, Debbie what a wonderful project! I t really turned out beautifully! :)

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  37. Darling! And if I can find one for$3.93, I'll be copying you!

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  38. I love this! Such a great idea. GW ... here I come! LOL!

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  39. absolutely adorable....I gotta find a basket!!

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  40. I am a Debbie who is also a plate addict, and has multiple grandkids - but this Debbie would never take care of 6 dogs. You're a nicer Debbie than I am :)

    I've used baskets for planters before but the bottom eventually rots from the watering. Your picnic basket with the plastic liner is a brilliant idea!

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  41. Beautiful Debbie. And gorgeous porch.
    Love coming here. Very creative idea. You know I have a some baskets here (as we produced a lot of wicker:)).

    Cheers and regards.
    Happy MM. And a great week ahead.
    xo

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  42. Really love that, I have flowers in my picnic basket but I'm really liking that white antique look...
    Tracey

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  43. Love your mosaic and the basket idea is just too cute. Your blog title caught my eye at Mary's mosaic Mondays and I just had to come visit. I am currently looking for dishes to display on my table.
    Love your blog and am not a follower.

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  44. What a cute idea! Be ready for compliments when your friends come over and see this!

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  45. Debbie you are Brilliant my dear! This is a lovely finished piece. My business is much smaller than yours as I have only a Staff of 2!
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  46. I found the same exact wicker basket for .25 cents this weekend. Too cute! I'll have to figure out something amazing to do with it like you have. Beautiful planter!

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  47. I like yours better! And I have a picnic basket under my work table that will soon be a planter! Thank you for the great idea!

    When I post mine...I will post yours as my inspiration, if that is ok!

    Blessings,
    Becky

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  48. So glad I found your blog.. so inspiring and I love your basket.. Off to go looking for one of my own!

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  49. This is a truly wonderful transformation. So creative and clever!

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  50. You did a beautiful job! Your photos are lovely!
    Denise

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  51. Yeah! I love this .... I have an old picnic basket lying around ....I think I'll add that to my things to do this week!
    Very charming!
    Wishing you a very Delightsome day,
    Kathy

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  52. Debbie, what a wonderful transformation. I have a basket just like this I use for all of my hand work. Now, I don't sit and do handwork much any more, so I may have to "copy" your idea.. love, love, love it.. hugs ~lynne~

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  53. Very pretty! Your choice of colors is perfect. Those would make great centerpieces at parties too.

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  54. Love it, love it, love it! I am so doing that this week! Hope mine will look as good as your's!

    Jeanine

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  55. Do you know how many picnic baskets I have passed over because they weren't 'perfect'? AAUUGGGHH! This is a great idea and I am going to steal it from you:)

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  56. Oh my goodness! I love it! I'm kicking myself for passing up so many of these type baskets. Very clever and charming!

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  57. What aneat idea, Debbie! It looks so beautiful and you did a great job copying it. Yours might even look better...Christine

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  58. Hi Debbie! Oh, I love this! The basket looks great and then you made it look better by painting it! Love you've put flowers in it too. Your table is lovely and I'm chuckling at seeing the backside of your little helper sticking out from the bushes! :)
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  59. That is one beautiful planter, and right up my alley..Pierre Deux eat your heart out! I will be trying this idea soon!

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  60. So gorgeous Debbie! I am going to have to copy your copy;)!

    I am having a luncheon soon and would love this for a centerpiece!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  61. Really a great idea, love the white antiqued look! These little picnic baskets are so much fun. You did great and breakfast looks delish! Have fun!
    xo,
    Debra

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  62. LOVE IT~!! what a brillaint and creative idea..

    sonny

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  63. Your basket looks wonderful!! I love it when someone takes an idea from an expensive shop or designer and does it just as well in a thrifty manner! Good job!!

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  64. I love yours better than the inspiration!!!

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  65. It's fabulous!!! I too am a copy cat. But I love seeing copy cats that can copy for a lot cheaper. And yours definitely fits the bill. I may have to try this one as well.

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  66. This is just too cute! What a wonderful idea...and great job!
    LOVE it!!!
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  67. Not that you need another comment... ;) but i just love this basket!

    It wouldve looked cute in the brown alone...but the white just makes the colors POP!!

    Stop by sometime on Fridays-- we celebrate Beauty... and you have that down pat!

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  68. OMG! How clever! Yours is much cuter than theirs ;)
    *hugs*deb

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  69. Just beautiful! I love your terrific idea and will be on the look-out. Thanks for being so creative and sharing it with me.

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  70. Beautiful! I've got a basket exactly like it from a thrift for $4 last fall. I too painted it white. It sits on my china cabinet with faux hydrangeas.

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  71. You know...I think I have one of those little baskets around here somewhere! What a great job you did on it. Did you do anything with the top of the basket?
    You did every bit as good as the one in the photo! Adorable!!

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  72. Debbie,
    You had such a great idea here with this basket...looks outstanding! HAPPY NTT!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  73. Just a quick minute to pop in and say hi. I love your basket. What a great idea and I love the white paint. Hope you are all doing super. Love ya. Hugs, Marty

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  74. Love it and your photos are fabulous!!

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  75. You are so clever. This looks wonderful!

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  76. What an unexpected place for flowers! It looks beautiful though. So clever to think of transforming that basket into a flower container. I love it!

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  77. Love how it turned out, Debbie and a great idea putting flowers in it, lovely!!!
    I have seen those picnic baskets here but not for bargains, they are all new, recently imported.
    Cariños,
    Maria Cecilia

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  78. Hi Debbie, what a great project!! Love it! I have been feeling non-creative lately, but posts like yours really help! Thanks for your visit...glad you injoyed Disney World! We can't wait!! Kristen

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  79. It looks marvelous, Darlink!! I have a very similar basket. You're tempting me into spray painting it...even if I don't plant in it.
    Yours turned out great!
    Thanks for the inspiration, as always.

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  80. French garden, villa style planter fabulous!!!

    xx
    Dore

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  81. This is just adorable! Well done on the picnic basket makeover!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  82. Very creative-it turned out beautifully! Now, I am on the lookout for one.

    Carolyn

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  83. wow, what a great idea! thanks for sharing and it looks pretty too! now I got to find one too!

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  84. I love everything about this! It's beautiful, practical, economical, eco froendly and your own inspired interpretation of something that was mass produced. And yours is the REAL thing that the inspiration piece was attempting to imitate.

    ~jermaine~

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  85. Oh Debbie, this is just the cutest thing! It is now one of my favorite things too! You are just so clever. So glad you'll be linking this to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

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  86. Debbie, this is the best thing I have seen around blogland all week!!!! I bet everyone is on the lookout for an old picnic basket - I am for sure.
    Suzyq

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  87. I love what you did with that! It looks amazing. Great job!
    Sherry

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  88. Absolutely darling. It turned out perfectly!

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  89. I think the result is fantastic! 3.93?? No rounding?? You did a great job, Debbie!

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  90. Love it, you did a great job! Maryann

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  91. Deb, this is one of my favorite makeovers you've done! Totally so lovely and French like...I am loving it! I recently picked some of these up to stagger and then put the glass top on the three cases to make it an end table. I would never have thought of making into a planter! LOVING IT! :) Hugs friend~ ~CC

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  92. What a beautiful transformation! Your photo shoot is really lovely too. I honestly will be looking VERY differently at woodsy outdated baskets now. :)

    Donna

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  93. What a fantastic transformation. Your planter has so much character and detail. Love it.

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  94. Very nice. I especially like the light weight of the basket. The terra cotta pots are so heavy, and the plastic ones so yuk, this is a fun and great idea for someone like me who can't seem to lift a thing anymore.
    Thanks, I love your blog

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  95. now i know what to do with some of my baskets. love your site

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  96. This is just so, so charming!! Love the shabby~chippy look. You did good :) It's delightful!!

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  97. Absolutely lovely! I love this idea, will be pinning it. Thank you so much for sharing, and congrats on being featured!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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