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Do you believe in soulmates?
You know, that person who is meant to be with you forever and for all time and always love your morning breath? That person who will know that you take your pancake syrup on the side, who loves the tiny mole on your foot and who makes you laugh with their awkward dance moves?
Well, I’m here to tell ya. There IS a “The One,” at least when it comes to yard sale finds. I know, because I found my The One(s) at recent yard sale:
It wasn’t love at first sight, I’ll confess. I thought they were just okay. Like that guy who you kind of date a little because there’s nothing wrong with him but you’re not sure if it’ll work out?
They were a little rough, and plus I wasn’t really into blondes, at least not when it comes to my baskets. I wished they were darker. But get this: there were eleven of them at this yard sale. For a buck a piece! STEAL! So naturally I… offered less.
I hoped I could come up with some way to make them look better. Maybe cover in fabric? Maybe stain them? I wasn’t sure… but when I saw how perfectly they happened to fit in our office bookshelves, I knew…
…that this was meant to be. And that I would do whatever I could to change their appearance to fit my personal whims. (And this is where the love metaphor breaks down. Don’t read too deeply into it.)
1. Gather your supplies
2. Brush on the stain.
I tried a few different methods here, so you can choose your own adventure. I didn’t sand these at all before I stained them, and it worked out a-okay.
Usually when you stain wood, you brush on the stain, let it sit, then wipe it off with a rag. The longer you let it sit, the darker the finish. I let my stain sit for about five minutes, then wiped it off.
Yeah… no. Not the look I wanted. It was dark in all the crevices with the blonde roots showing through where I wiped it.
3. Allow to dry completely.
I waited for it to stop feeling sticky/tacky.
About 48 hours. Until it was totally dry. Took FOREVER. But I loved the shiny end result!
Tips for applying the stain:
Just glob it on. Get your foam brush wet and soak the basket so it gets in all the crevices. I set my basket on top of a paint can so I could stain around the bottom.
Wood stain is very thin and wet, so it’ll drip all over your floor, self, arms, walls and children. But sometimes you just have to make sacrifices.
Back to business. I wasn’t sure if you could stain wicker baskets, but it turns out you can. And they turn out great:
And for just a few minutes of work, you can take something that was just okay, fully functional and perfectly acceptable…
…like the guy you date because your biological clock is ticking and he appears to be capable of fathering healthy young…
…and manipulate it until it looks like you always wanted it to and remembers to do the dishes. Crap. Forget the metaphor again. Just look at the baskets.
Have you ever stained wicker? Do you believe in soulmates? Do you have any deformities you’d like to share?