Somehow, (back in the 90's), I jumped on the Longaberger basket collecting bandwagon and spent wayyyyy too much money buying monthly basket combos (you know, the basket...the fabric liner...the plastic protector...the lid....). Just thinking about the amount of $$$ I spent makes me question my claim of being a fairly good manager where our finances are concerned. And when you spend that kind of money on something (and they won't sell on eBay no matter how many times you try listing them), you just can't justify not using them anymore. I do still use some of them - for organization in several cabinets and still display a few, including the canister basket set on the kitchen counter. I even added chalkboard tags to hopefully give them a less dated look, but I just didn't love their bright honey-colored stain anymore.
I've become obsessed with dark stain
(thanks to my love of Fixer Upper).....
....and I love all the dark stained baskets from World Market.....
....and I really love dark stain and gray paint together....
I've been adding some dark stain to the kitchen, along with the gray paint and I really love the combo!
I decided to freshen up my Longaberger baskets and give them a new, more stylish look.
I used dark walnut stain for the baskets (be sure to use a sponge brush)
and some leftover gray paint for the lids.
A completely different look! LOVE!! <3
I may distress the lids a little, but otherwise, I love my "new" baskets!!!
Just out of curiosity, I went over to the Longaberger website to browse around. I'm obviously on the right track, because they now offer a "rich brown" stain that seems to be very popular!
And if you are looking to drop some money, they are running a special on this:
a cat "treat" basket for ONLY $45 and $15 for the lid (+ tax & s/h)! And to think I probably would have bought this back in the day of my crazy, basket obsession!! :O)