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DIY Handpainted Basket

One thing I quickly discovered after adopting Finn is that dogs come with a lot of STUFF. And by “come with” I mean I buy a ton of things I don’t end up needing. If there is one thing I despise, it is a bunch of stuff without a place to put it. Hence, Finn’s DIY handpainted basket.

DIY Handpainted Basket | Awfully Big Adventure

Credit where credit is due- I got the idea from my favorite blog ever, Young House Love. It is such an easy, affordable way to give a somewhat boring storage solution some personality. To start, I headed to Homegoods to find a cheap basket. Honestly, I was hoping to find something in the $10 range, but ended up spending about $20 on this guy. It was the perfect size, shape, and I loved the chalkboard detail. The chalkboard is awesome because if I want to someday use the basket for something else, it can be re-labeled easily. And if you know me, you know that labels and really anything organizational make me weirdly excited.

DIY handpainted basket | Awfully Big Adventure

I was planning on using acrylic paints that I already owned, but whoever created the shopping center where Homegoods sits is an evil, sinister being and decided to put a Michael’s next door. So, obviously I had to grab some new acrylics. I went with a blue/black/gold palette- just cause I felt like it. I did use the always-available Michael’s coupon for 40% off one regularly priced item, which means I saved about thirty cents, so that’s exciting.

DIY handpainted basket | Awfully Big Adventure

To get started on the project, I used a small craft paintbrush and just brushed the paint right onto the basket. I went with the grain and just followed the basket’s pattern. I really didn’t worry too much about it being perfect- the goal was really just to slap some color on the basket. You can see a more detailed picture here that highlights the imperfections.

DIY handpainted basket | Awfully Big Adventure

This was another great, relaxing project. Super easy to complete and didn’t take much time at all. I didn’t use any spray finish and haven’t seen any noticeable chipping after using the painted basket for the last four months or so. I keep most of Finn’s stuff in here, so I’m in and out of it every day. It makes me happy to look at it, even when I’m pulling out his shampoo because he stepped in something disgusting. Literally, that happened yesterday. #glamorous

Where do you hide your random crap?

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DIY Yarn Letters

This was a fun project that I worked on a while back to spruce up our bar area. I wanted a wall hanging that wasn’t another frame, and I wanted to introduce a new color to the dining room/bar area. I love the way these DIY yarn letters turned out, and it was super affordable! It was also one of those totally therapeutic projects- it is very repetitive and put me in the “zone,” which is one of my favorite places.

DIY Yarn Letters- an easy and affordable way to create textured wall art!
To get started, I purchased my letters and yarn from Hobby Lobby. I went on my lunch break during the week, and being in the yarn aisle of Hobby Lobby mid-day during the week made me feel older than I feel when I’m watching Law and Order SVU and I see several Life Alert commercials. 26 going on 80, I guess. Anyway…to complete the project you really only need whichever cardboard letters you need (initials for a kid’s room would be so cute! or, if you are like me, just stick with the basics and highlight your alcohol selection), plenty of yarn, and tape or a glue gun. I used tape but a glue gun would help cover up tricky corners.

Now comes the repetitive/therapeutic part: tape down your first strand of yarn to your first letter and just start wrapping. There’s no exact step-by-step process that I can offer here. I just wrapped the yarn around the letters until I felt I had enough coverage and had reached a natural stopping point. You will stop and start several times for each letter, wrapping the yarn in different directions in order to properly cover the whole letter. Here’s some close up images to help you get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

DIY Yarn Letters- an easy and affordable way to create textured wall art! DIY Yarn Letters- an easy and affordable way to create textured wall art!

When you’ve spent a few hours wrapping and are happy with how the letters have turned out(I also recommend binge-watching television during this time to keep your brain occupied. Perfect way to “be productive” when all you’re really doing is catching up on True Detective), you are ready to display your letters! If you decide to hang them on the wall, the good news is they are super light and easy to hang. I used one small nail for each letter, and placed it where I could get the letter to hang straight off the nail. I’ve never been a person that measures before hanging, so I just spitballed where to hang the letters to make them look even, and it worked. (phew.) (also: spitballed. looks gross spelled out. sorry.) I also think these would be cute leaned up on a picture ledge or dresser.

DIY Yarn Letters- an easy and affordable way to create textured wall art! | Awfully Big Adventure

That’s pretty much it! I love these for the pop of color and interesting texture that they add. A fun way to customize these would be do to multicolor yarn or a different color for each letter. They really add a lot of visual appeal for a very small cost- my favorite kind of project.

What are you guys adding to your walls outside the “print in frame” box?

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I come in peace!

Hi interwebz! I’m excited to get this guy off the ground. You can read a bit about the blog and myself on my About page, but if you are too tired or lazy to click on the link, here’s a brief synopsis. I am an HGTV addict and a freshly made bed makes me happier than almost anything. I like interior design so much that I even majored in it for a year at school, but ultimately transferred to a public relations. This is my space to talk about my apartment (I have a trend of moving about once a year, so that should keep things interesting/exhausting!), projects that I’m working on, and things that inspire me.

Outside of being obsessed with design and a teeny bit of a crazy neat freak, I am a dog mom to Finnegan (also goes by Finn, Feeny, Beanie, Beansie), an Austin resident, a TV-lover, and occasionally a cook. I work for an internet marketing agency which keeps me incredibly busy and constantly entertained. Nothing makes me happier than a clean apartment, a glass of three-buck-chuck, a snuggly puppy, and some good TV with my boyfriend, Matt. Unless that thing is a wine-fueled girls dinner with my best friends, because that is pretty great, too. OR a big family dinner that goes long because we have nowhere better to be…I guess a lot of things make me happy. 🙂 Food and wine seem to be a constant…

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