Basket Replacement…

Yesterday, I shared with you my thriftstore treasures, and among the glasses, and space needle, was a wire basket.  While it was nice enough that I would’ve photo’d it for yesterday’s post, I wouldn’t have bought it if I didn’t actually need it.

What could I possibly need a wire basket for?  I’ve actually been looking for one for a while.  I wanted to replace a small, ok large, kitchen eyesore.

See anything in the above picture that doesn’t really fit, visually and literally?  Yep, you guessed it.  The copper hanging basket.

I love the function it provides — lid storage for my shelves of glass jars, and a place for them to drip dry so they don’t rust when washed.  But it really didn’t fit, and it made the kitchen look a bit junky.  So whenever I would be out shopping, I’d keep my eye out for a wire basket that would be smaller, look nicer, and still function the way I needed it too.  I bought one with a built in towel rod, and then another with birds, but neither fit the space, and so they were both returned.  So when I saw this wire basket at Goodwill, I new it had to work.  It was tiny, and it was only a dollar.  The other baskets that didn’t work out?  All were more than ten.

I placed the basket in the space I planned to hang it just to check it’s size.  It was a perfect fit!  Now I just needed to hang it.  But I didn’t have and hooks.  So I made some.

I found some nails, and bent them with my trusty pliers.  Ok, they are Husband’s trusty pliers, but I use them just as often, and this being Texas, they are half mine.

I was quite pleased with my ingenuity, until I tried to hammer the nails into the side of the cabinet.  It just didn’t work, I had to drill holes to push the nails into.  Next time, I’ll bend the nails after I hammer them in.

In any case, the basket is now hung, and looks like this…

Making the window go from this…

to this…

Yeah, I’m not so sure that I like it yet.  I love the extra light it lets in, but it sticks out a bit far, I think.  Maybe if I cut a side of the basket off, and rotate the whole thing?  What do you think?  What would you do?



Filed under Fun and Free Ideas, Home Design, Musings, Save my Wallet, Save the Earth

2 responses to “Basket Replacement…

  1. Is that cracked paint look aging or intentional?

  2. On the cabinets? I believe it was intentional, but not something I would ever do. It was generously left to us by the previous home-owners. I hate it so much, that I may forever be turned off by ‘crackle-finish.’

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