Ooh, strong affinity for this piece. However, it's not mine, and I don't have the freedom to refinish it. I don't yet have time to tack paper in the back of the shelves. Still I had a more serious need: to create storage a bit out of the children's reach and divide their toys into smaller containers. We're not doing so well with keeping a ton of toys in one big basket, emptying it, and having so much to clean up. I'm optimistic that we would do better by getting down a little at a time and putting it away before making more messes (duh). I like to think of myself as a recovering hoarder, so sometimes the organizational ideas come a little slower to me.
I have a lot of baskets. They are all shapes and sizes and vary somewhat in color, and the matchy-matchy baskets are the current trend in storage. I could spray paint these all the same color, but chances are I would spend more on the paint than the baskets are actually worth. I was determined to spruce them up using something I already had. Checked my decorating notebook, that thing I put together with pages from magazines before Pinterest came along. Hey, print still has its place. It dawns on me: I have quite a few starfish and shells! So, I spent a little time arranging the baskets and then gluing on the marine life. Either I'm delusional, or it did create a relevance for the baskets. And, now I'm excited... making what I already have work. Please pardon the folded laundry and napping dog; we're keepin' it real here.
- chalk labels
- small frames/ornaments with pics representing what's in the baskets (great for pre-reading kids)
- small frames used as mini dry erase boards
- larger silk flowers
- wine corks
- antique/repurposed knobs/pulls
- spoons (maybe my favorite and quirky pick)
- drift wood
- little wreaths