I ran across Jacqueline's blog a few weeks ago and fell in love with all of the beautiful, inspiring pictures. Every one sent tons of ideas racing through my mind. I couldn't stop looking at them all--each was better than the last.
But there was one in particular that stuck out, and I haven't been able to get it out of my head since.
Aren't those vintage baskets just gorgeous? And that red T? Love! I knew I had to monogram a few baskets of my own.
This basket I use as a drawer for linens in my dining room would be perfect.
And so would this one I have on the bathroom floor for storing extra toilet paper.
I printed a letter M (for my maiden name) and a No. 5 (because I like it) in plain old Microsoft Word. The M is "Glouster MT Extra Condensed" 550, and the No. 5 is "Poor Richard" 235, in case you care.
I cut them carefully with an Exacto knife.
Then I realized using a straight edge would make the M and N go faster. Good luck making an 8 or S.
Make sure to save the insides of any letters or numbers and tape them in place.
Then I centered and taped them to the baskets.
I wanted a vintage, worn look to the paint, so I mixed a little of this a little of that of my craft paint. I think it was mainly Colonial Blue, Black and Taupe. I like the way it turned out--kinda of a worn, blue-ish gray.
After I painted around the stencils, I peeled the paper back and touched up my painting with a tiny artist's brush.
And here they are. They turned out just like I hoped!
Painting on wicker was not the easiest, but I don't mind the imperfections. After they dried completely, I lightly sanded the baskets on the painted areas and all over for just a leetle more of a vintage-y feel.