DD1 has been leaving her library books in dangerous places (we have 3 indoor dogs) so when I saw a basket at the op shop for just $1 I knew my problem was solved.
No it was too small for books but big enough to hold doggie medicines.
So I swapped the two baskets around, one in the shed and the other for the house.
The house one received a quick bath, long soak in the sun and then a whipe of paint.
I say a whipe of paint because I didn't dig deep with the brush this time. I simply applied small amounts of paint to large areas.
Just because I liked that effect on this basket.For more effect, and to protect the edges of the library books, I swiped the lace centre cloth from the dining table (yes it was clean ladies) and tied it onto the basket, delicately arranging all the excess down the bottom. Another problem solvered.....!
For more creative spaces try Kootoyoo's brilliant blog.