An Illuminated Basket Case

Here are a few of the supplies I used to create my basket lights above my peninsula.

I got the baskets from GW for a dollar each. The chain, cup hooks and paint were things I had lying around.

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I painted the white cup hooks.

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I also painted the chain the same color.

I actually bought some larger battery-powered puck lights, 4 for $8. They give off sort of a blue light, but I wasn’t really going for ultra-functional because I have tons of light in the kitchen and the dining room. So for under $10 I had 3 “new” pendant lights.

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I tested out this arrangement for a few days, then decided it wasn’t quite right. I cut the chains down so that each light was suspended from a single length of chain. It still didn’t flow with the room and during my next trip to GW, I found some wire baskets. At first I only spotted 2, but – after looking around some more, I found another one – SCORE, especially at $1 a piece!

I used some smaller chain I had around and used that to attach an S-hook so I could just hook the light up to the chain.

After attaching the chain and hook, I took them out to the closeline and, using the same paint as the chain, I painted the basket, chains and hook.

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This picture was taken after the first basket – on the far left, was painted and the second basket was partially painted – from the overspray! Needless to say, it was really a little bit windy to be painting today.

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I just attached the puck lights with some velcro strips. I haven’t decided if I want to paint the black portion the same color as the baskets, but for now – I like it!

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Sorry – it is a little difficult to get a good picture of them. I like the more open look of the wire baskets vs. the solid baskets. I’m sure I can find a good use for the other baskets yet!

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Catchy Color Clips in the Kitchen

I have been having a lot of fun with my new beachy green accent color. It has spread to the kitchen now!

I have one small can light above my sink in my kitchen and have seen those conversion kits that allow you to put in a pendant. So I bought one and put it up. It was a bare bulb for a couple weeks until I found this basket at GW.We used the Dremel to cut out a hole to hold the basket on the light.

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I really like the rustic look of it, but I have so many browns that I felt like it needed to have some color to is, so I used my latest favoritest color! It is a light greenish blue. It makes me think beachy green.

I used this same color on my “Our Family” sign and photo mats.


On the basket I spray painted the inside white to help reflect the light and dry brushed the beachy green over the reddish brown.

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I like the pop of color that it added and the rustic charm of the basket.

I also added some color to my painted tile back splash. The browns and tans and whites were used to bring together the colors in my kitchen.


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I was ready for a little bold color so I added a few beachy green “tiles”.

The after…

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I may be adding some black “tiles” in the backsplash or maybe replace the dark brown with the black after I get the island and bench painted. We will see!!!

I even added an EAT sign on the soffit in the accent color…

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I cut the letters out of cardboard that I stacked and glued. I used a band saw to make the actual cuts. The newspaper covers the ribbed edges of the cardboard and was mod-podged on.

Now if I wasn’t so afraid – I would paint my small kitchen island the beachy green color!

I am afraid that I will grow tired of it because it is a rather trendy color, so I think that I will stick with the original plan of painting the island black. I like to paint but the smaller things are much easier to change!

So, a few spring-like updates for the kitchen make me happy and give me something new to look at and enjoy daily! Plus I’m hosting Mother’s Day at our house, so I like to make a few updates!

Does anyone else do that? Add a bunch of stress by trying to make changes before a big event at your home? It drives my husband crazy – he just can’t understand!!! I agree that it makes for more stress, but it also forces me to get some things that I wanted to do done, and right away!

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Entry Way Organization


This is my front door . This is the door that our company comes through and the boys come and go through for school. I had nothing here for the first few years we lived here. The kids were not in school yet then either!

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The problem that prompted adding the shelf was the fact that my oldest would come in the door from school and dump his bag and coat right inside the door. Or, worse yet, somewhere else in the house where, later, he couldn’t remember where he left it!

So, I found an old shelf that I had gotten from my mom years ago. Originally, about 9 years ago, when we lived in a different house, it was painted a dark hunter green. I’m not sure what I was thinking there, but I guess it matched the nursery at the time!

I painted it the same color as my living room walls which is about 3 shades darker than the wall it is hung on. I also painted the frame of an old window that I had swapped the panes of glass with mirrors.


I added some baskets and put together a couple boards to hold the books from the library.


I also added some hooks underneath to hold their bags and coats.


When we first moved here this half wall was a full wall, leaving the people coming in the front door in a dark hallway. I really like the opening and it allows the mirrors to reflect light from the windows.


This is what it looks like without all the coats and bags – but that isn’t my reality at this time!

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I also made the chalkboard listing the things to remember on the way out the door to school! Looking at the picture, I may have to paint that a more neutral color also.

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I’m not sure if the hooks are really sturdy enough to hold all these books! The blue bag is full of piano books, the dark denim bag is my oldest’s  Cadet (boys group) bag. My youngest doesn’t have school, so his bag and coats are there today. When the oldest comes home, his backpack and coat will be added! Nothing has ripped out yet!

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So, it has narrowed our hallway somewhat but it has really helped in the organization and we haven’t lost our bags in awhile!

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