Up-cycling Thrift Shop Finds with Wood Appliques

 I purchased this unusually shaped basket thrifting recently for five dollars.

It has a wooden bottom and a wooden edge around the top.  

I gave the basket a couple of coats of Annie Sloan French Linen chalk paint. Of course I then distressed it with sand paper, and waxed it, but it needed something more.

I had purchased these miniature wood appliques recently from D Lawless Hardware online (I am not being compensated for this post).  Most of these cost me under $2 each.  I think one of these would work.

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I used an applique from Hobby Lobby on my re-purposing project here, and liked the look.  Hobby Lobby doesn't have many appliques to choose from.

I chose this one for the basket up-cycle.  I painted the applique with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint.  I waxed it with clear and dark waxes, and then glued it on the front top of the basket with Aleene's Tacky Glue.

Thrift Shop Basket "French" Upcycle www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
And wallah, there you have it!

Thrift Shop Basket "French" Upcycle www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
 The basket takes on a decidedly "French" attitude with the gray paint and curly-Q applique.  The basket is good for toilet paper storage,

Thrift Shop Basket "French" Upcycle www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
 And it's perfect for magazine storage too.

Do you like wood applique trims too?

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  1. Great how you turned this into a useful piece.... Great job!

  2. What a cute redo! I love appliques but, like you, don't have a lot of luck finding much variation around here. I'll check out where you got yours.


  3. Love the transformation Carlene! I just bought a wooden appliqué to add to a sewing box I just picked up.

  4. Wonderful makeover........so creative!
    And.....I do like wood appliqués.

  5. Love the basket and such a cute idea....magazines and tp never looked so good.

  6. Great idea Carlen, love how this turned out. Don't you just love appliques. I use them often for projects.


  7. Love the paint color and yes the curlyques are so perfect on this!

  8. Awesome ideas! Love that color and the addition of the appliques. They're usually really expensive, but add so much charm.


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