Beginners Craft Project – Pretty Pastel Storage In Under Sixty Minutes!

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Beginners Craft Project

We’re a generation of upcyclers.  From furniture to bathroom fittings, clothing to cushions, the trend in our modern age is to be anything but.  The ‘make do and mend’ culture is alive and kicking, and people are choosing individuality over mass-produced wherever possible.

Where do you begin though, if crafting and DIY are really not your thing?

You could start perhaps with this really simple project, guaranteed to brighten up your living space or bedroom this Autumn.  From prep to ready-to-use in under an hour, and perfect for holding all those cosy layers or firewood as the cooler days roll around.  We chose pretty pastels for our little girl’s room, but smoky greys and marine blues would look equally as stunning this Fall.

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Step One – Prepare!

We picked up our baskets really inexpensively at Homebase, and prepped them with masking tape before painting.  This ensures a really crisp line on the finished product and minimises the risk of paint bleed further up.  We chose chalk paint in three pastel shades (tester pots have more than enough for one basket!) and gave each a good stir before painting.

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Step Two – Paint!

It’s as easy as just painting it on!  We chose to just cover the part below the taped line (and the base inside too!) but you could paint a stripe around the middle if you preferred, or the top half instead.  It’s a great project to get kids involved with too!

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Step Three – Perfect!

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Baskets will take around 30-45 minutes to dry.  Once touch dry you can carefully peel off the masking tape and touch up any little areas that might need it.  We found that very little of this was needed though, and they ended up with a really pretty, rustic look.

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Easy peasy upcycling that anyone can try.  Do let us know if you give it a go this season!

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Read more from Emma over at LifeattheLittleWood.co.uk

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