Pears in a Basket

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in chalk paint, kitchen, yard sale | 29 comments

I recently bought a new table and mirror for a little niche in my kitchen.

You can read about the table here and the mirror here.

I felt like the area lacked something.

I wanted it to feel “taller.”

So, I added a little height with this basket make-over.

I started with a $1 yard sale basket.

Of course, I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  All over with Old White and then lightly with Country Grey.

I distressed it lightly.

I hung it on the wall by nailing right through the back of this basket.

I added some pears that I bought a long time back, a nest from my collection and a butterfly.

I like the height it adds to the space.

And, I love the touch of green.

You might remember the “S” plate from my dining room buffet.

I traded a carved wood piece (a $1 yard sale find) for the “S” plate.

I can never leave my accessories alone!

Here is the way the carved wood fruit bowl looks in the dining room.

Can you believe that I got that for $1?!  I didn’t even have to paint it or do anything to it!

You can get a peek into my dining room and family room.

(Sorry for the flip-flops!  Anna Belle forgot to pick up her shoes.)

I hope to share some more pictures of my family room.

I have only shared a couple of corners in there.

We really live in that room, so it is harder to keep it “photo-worthy” with the kids home from school!

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Life to the full to you today!

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  1. That basket looks great painted, Melissa! I love it with the pears above your mirror. Such a great area you’ve got set up here.

    • Thanks! I have been finding so many great, cheap baskets!

  2. The basket is adorable and I love, love, love your vignette. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    • Thanks! It is constantly changing!

  3. thats so cute! what a great idea
    New follower from the Blog Hop
    My Wonderfully Dysfunctional Blog

  4. Mmm, your house is gorgeous!!! Love the basket makeover too! I just bought one at a garage sale today and I’m trying to decide what color to paint it… wish me luck 🙂

    • I am sure that yours will look great! Thanks!

  5. I love your basket and those pears are adorable! You made a good choice hanging it there…it looks so cute…AND it appears to block the smoke detector a bit too!

    Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments!

    What kind of floors did you end up with? They sort of look like oak, but it’s hard to tell for sure from the pictures

    • It does help to hide that awful looking, yet very important, smoke detector! They are oak. The stain is called Special Walnut. It was quite the process, but I love them! Good luck with yours!

  6. Oh…I forgot to tell you, I am a new follower, I love your blog!

  7. Came over from Overflowing. Every time I think you have this little area perfect, you come up with something new! The basket is spot on for here. You achieved the height without overwhelming the vignette below! Love it!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

    • Thanks! It is one of those things that I think I like, but was not sure? Glad to know that you like it!

  8. great finds for a great look!

    • Thanks! I keep finding these great baskets, so I need to create projects for them!

  9. So charming!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

    • Thanks for hosting such a great party!

  10. Well, you accomplished exactly what you said you wanted, & it looks perfect! I just love pears in any form — they are just so artsy-looking!

  11. OK. That pig on the pedestal is about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Beautiful and charming from top to bottom!

    • I can’t resist flying pigs! They are just so whimsical!

  12. Daisy Mae Belle,
    I love your entry! The hues are so peaceful! What great finds!!! Your vignette is a true work of art!
    P.S. Visiting from Marty’s Table Top Tuesday!

    • I am beginning to shy away from the brighter colors. I find that I am most at home in soft colors! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Love the basket and the entire vignette!

  14. Can I say LOVE your GORGEOUS!!! Home !! You are so creative and I LOVE the paint colors that you’ve chosen for your home. I love reading your blog and your great sense of humor!! I am just getting started with mine and don’t have much to offer …yet! Blessings to you!! ~~Annabell

    • Good luck with your blog! I am fairly new myself. I am finding that I LOVE blogging! I hope you enjoy it as well! My middle daughter is Anna Belle. Love that name!

  15. What a cute idea! I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint too! Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  16. How darling! Love the whole grouping.

    Warmly, Michelle

  17. Ohhhh, love, love, love your entire wall and grouping including that luscious chocolatey paint color! 🙂

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