I picked up this 1970's rattan plant holder, not knowing what I was going to do with it. I often straddle the "creative hoarding" and "minimalist purger" sides of interior design-- at times collecting treasures that don't have a use "yet" seems like a great idea, while at other times ruthlessly scouring the house for dust-collectors I can get rid of is my sport of choice. I knew that if I couldn't find this wicker wonder's "purpose" within the next few weeks, I would be able to adopt it out at the yard sale we are having in a couple weeks.
Luckily, inspiration struck. I would say this is more of a CIY-- Customize It Yourself…rather than a DIY. I like simple things…simple meals, simple fixes, simple upgrades…especially when simple gives way to a big effect that makes me feel really satisfied! With some white acrylic paint brushed on stroke by stroke along the horizontal weave of the rattan, a boho pattern is revealed that mimics my favorite ikat tapestries and blends in with my decor.
You'll notice from the close-ups…this isn't a project about perfection. I tried to use one brush stroke per "line" and didn't get caught up in going outside the lines or "messing up". I love the abstract design it created and the texture it provides my dresser's tableau.
Next, I'd like to experiment with different color combos and patterns. Try it on your own found basketry and let me know how it turns out!