So, I was making my way across Wal Mart from the paint department (can’t beat the price on spray paint!) to the crafts department (hey, sometimes they have supplies cheaper than the craft stores), when I spied these chicken wire baskets.
the front side of the original basket
side view of the original basket
Now, farmhouse is not my style — mostly because I don’t live in a farmhouse — and black and white are not my color scheme in any room, but the size was perfect and they had been marked down to the fabulouso price of $6. I could make them fit into my house with a little paint — especially since I knew I already had paint on hand. Since the liners were ivory and not pure white, I started with a base of ivory paint.
Then I covered roughly the upper half of the baskets and used my TintIt spray for a slight ombre effect on the bottom half of the baskets.
and done – for now
I considered adding some painted or driftwood stained wood shims for a lobster trap look, but for now I’m liking the coastal color vibe look just fine. A little paint creates designer chic.
Some people are fortunate to live where they can walk the beach barefoot all year long. Where I live, you’ll freeze your tootsies in winter if you’re barefoot. And this spring, there haven’t been many days warm enough to wear flip-flops (until this weekend), so we need shoes. Shoes fit for traipsing across the dunes to get to the water’s edge, but lightweight enough to be the next best thing to barefoot. L.A. Gear made a pair that were my fave. They went out of business for a while. Then Hanes was making a pair they actually called Beachcomber. They’ve been discontinued also. Still I’ve managed to find a pair of lightweight casual canvas sneakers.
As they got worn and dingy, I decided to try an experiment. I’d been using textile paints on denim, so I thought I’d try painting my sneaks.
My first painted pair I called sunset palms. Yeah, the sunset is a bit reversed (the purple should be at the top), but that ‘s just my style. I wore the heck out of them.
Anyone can paint a sunset. It’s broad horizontal strokes and blending. I used my Jacquard Opaque Textile paints for them. They need to be heat set, but since using an iron would have been tricky, I just used my blow dryer on high setting. It worked. Got those sneaks wet and the paint held.
Rather than doing another sunset, on the next pair I decided to do a beach scene. I even used the colorless sparkling paint to mimic the wet sand as the waves rolled in.
Once again, beach scenes are very easy to do — for a big impact. These are great for getting to and from the beach and easy to fit in pockets or tote while on the sand. They’ll even look great walking around town in the summer — or on the tennis court. I’ve been wearing out this pair too. Haven’t decided how to paint the next pair, but I’ll probably need more paint since I used up the last of these colors.
No need to spend big bucks on store-bought colorful sneakers. Paint your own!