Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kitchen Cabinet Baskets

The blinds I'm using throughout the house look like this:



So what happens when you find baskets (at IKEA) that perfectly fit the openings of your kitchen cabinets that look like this?



Well, you paint them with three different colors of acrylic paint and spray them with a glossy clear coat of course!



Here's a photo of when I had painted two of the baskets, and the bottom one is still unfinished:



Still no backsplash, no accesories, no hanging light fixtures, no rugs, no stainless steel appliances, and STILL haven't finished trimming out the tops of the cabinets...but here's another look at the kitchen in it's current state:

32 comments:

Amy said...

ohmigosh!!!! please do share your technique on how to make those light-colored (i.e. not-so-pretty) baskets look like THAT!!! You did an amazing job!!! thanks!
Amy

paperjunk-lc said...

Who knew you could paint wicker w/o spraying it! It looks great can't wait for the finished project.

sandra/tx said...

Great job on those baskets. Yep, paint 'em. That's what ya do. Your kitchen's looking great.

Dreaming of Mermaids said...

WOW! It's all beautiful! Lots and lots of gorgeous design going on in your home. Love it all! Get well!

Liz said...

Oh Layla! Your whole house is just evolving into something so breathtaking! I adore your style and LONG for a screen door in my house now. :)

Laurel MacD said...

They look great - you are an inspiration. There is ALWAYS more work and projects to do, isn't there?

Bettsi said...

Wow! I would have thought you stained the baskets. They look beautiful!

niartist said...

Those baskets add such a fresh look to the space, and I am in love with those cabinets. We have open top cupboards too, and I've never really thought of using baskets to maintain some of the visual mess. Thanks for the inspiration!

Emily@Remodelingthislife said...

OH my goodness you don't need that list of stuff! It is gorgeous as is!! Love the baskets.

Anonymous said...

Looking good!!!!!!!!!

Kimba said...

Those look fantastic! I never would have guessed that they didn't come that way. Great job!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

It's all coming together so well! And I would have done the exact same thing to those baskets. The power of paint is huge.

Hope you are getting well this week...we have lots to do & see on Monday.

Kymm said...

Beautiful as usual!! I can't wait to see what you do on HGTV, you've got my vote!

Natalie said...

I'm officially a follower now in hopes that you post a tutorial. They look fantastic.

FARMHOUSE FANCY said...

How pretty love it....I love your blog it's always got something great to look at.... thanks for sharing .. Toni

Jersey Girl in DC said...

I love those Ikea baskets so much more after you've painted them. I've walked past those in the store a few times and now I would actually consider them with the possibility of painting them. Thank you so much for sharing this idea! :)

- Jennifer

Beverly said...

You are brilliant! I'm so glad I found your blog ... I love your very imaginative ideas and that you share them with us. In today's world, we need all the help we can get.

And your HGTV video is so cute ... I've voted at least twice, maybe more.

Chris said...

Paint? Really? Did you water it down to get the transparency? Do explain. Also, am I crazy or have we never seen the other side of your kitchen? What's over there? 70's wallpaper and avocado trim? Must know.

Inspired Kara said...

Just love this kitchen every time I see it. And LOVE The baskets. Did you water the paint down at all??

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Great job. Love those baskets and the kitchen. You have done a great job, but you make it look easy...like it was supposed to always be that way. I like that.
Blessings,
Debbie

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

What a "WOW" statement!! The whole kitchen is shaping up to be completely amazing!
M.L.

Lorie said...

Those look great! I have often NOT bought those baskets (even though they would work perfectly for what I want them for) because they are NOT cute!

But now they are!!

THE TATTERED NEST said...

please share the colors you used...they are gorgeous! they are just like your blinds...

angela | the painted house said...

Well, aren't you a smart cookie! Nothing like being frugal and ingenuitive and still getting what you want. That is always a good day.

Girl, I hope you are feeling better.

I'd love to come have coffee with you in that pretty kitchen.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Those baskets look great! They don't even look like they've been painted! I posted a cabinet today that I also painted with three different colors! It really makes a difference in giving things more depth and not that flat painted look!

Anonymous said...

Could you, would you, please, explain the process of painting your cabinets? I have never undertaken such a project of painting furniture/cabinets. Is the paint flat or shiny? How exactly do you distress? What do you put on as the top coat.

Your whole house is lovely. I've have enjoyed every one of your posts. Thank you so much.

Me said...

I am so lovin' it!!!! Now me? I would get in the spray paint section and spend thirty minutes debating with myself which colors would work well. Then I'd talk myself out of trying it and leave thinking "I'll tackle that later" argh!

Kat said...

Perfect solution Layla! The kitchen looks fabulous. I need to make a decision on a backsplash soon.

Susie Harris said...

What a great job on those baskets! Looks like you bought them just that way.....perfect! Your kitchen is turning out beautiful. It's nice to see it step by step~

new every morning said...

Gorgeous!!!
I have some light colored straw baskets that I need to do something with ... you've inspired me!

Karin Katherine said...

I just had no idea that was even possible---painting those baskets and spraying glossy finish on them. I am so going to steal that idea.

ennistbp said...

Can you please share the paint brand/colors you used? I have some nice baskets from Ballard Designs that are too orange for my living room. Thank you.