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Thrifted Basket Makeover for Farmhouse Decor

What’s a gal to do when every week she heads to the get groceries, she finds that her neighbor leaves out #trashure gold? I mean really…first week an iron bird cage. Second week, a like-new pet pen, Melissa & Doug bricks for kids, and some other finds. Then, the third week I see this which leads me to a thrifted basket makeover.

Entertainment Stand in Trash | prodigalpieces.com

Obviously, my eyes went straight to that beautiful entertainment stand (though missing drawers and broken back – still beautiful). However, on closer inspection, I find more goodies. Also, notice the cardboard in the trash. tsk. We have recycling pickup every week, and yet folks are lazy. Anyhoo, I found this basket stuffed into one of those boxes. Definitely not trash, correct?

Thrifted Basket Makeover Before | prodigalpieces.com

There’s not a stitch wrong with it, it’s sturdy, and heavy too. I’ll get to the entertainment stand soon enough. But for now, let’s focus on this basket for a mini makeover. While the basket is fine by itself, I just want to show what you can do with something like this to make it your own.

NEW HEIGHTS

While there are many ways to use this in your home (bathroom, kitchen, laundry, bedroom, living room), I also want to show how to add a story to it instead of just filling it up with “stuff”. First, I find this antique wooden pulley from a local buyer. I just love pieces like this and wish it could tell me all the stories of working in a barn.

Antique Wooden Pulley for Farmhouse Decor and Thrifted Basket Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

In order to make my vision come to life, I need to add some chain and a few rusty bits and baubles from my stash to make it complete. I mean, doesn’t everyone save the chain off their patio swing? hee hee

Salvaged Metal Bits for Thrifted Basket Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Thankfully, my Dremel makes quick work of slicing the chain so I can attach it to my basket and pulley. If you’ve never used one before, it’s easily one of my favorite tools. Check out my past projects HERE in these posts.

Using Dremel to Cut Chain for Thrifted Basket Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

FINAL TOUCHES

After a bit of assembly and added reclaimed barn wood and a vintage hook, here’s my thrifted basket makeover in its final state. I’m stoked!

Antique Farmhouse Pulley with Hanging Thrifed Basket Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #upcycled #homedecor

DIY Farmhouse Decor from a Thrifted Basket Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #homedecor

It totally suits my style for making use of the cast-offs in more ways than one. Not only can it be used for bits and baubles, but pretty much anything…plants, towels, food…you get the idea.

Thrifted Basket Makeover Paired with Antique Pulley by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #industrial #home

Antique Farmhouse Hay Bale Pulley for Thrifted Basket Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #antique #farmhouse #diy #homedecor

Can you imagine how many hay bales this pulley lifted? Or how many hands used it on a daily basis. I get goosebumps.

Thrifted Basket Makeover with Farmhouse Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #handmade

Antique Book of American Composers | John Phillip Sousa | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #rustic #farmhouse

As always, my goal is to inspire you to create with whatever you come upon. Although I found this basket in the trash, who knows what you can do with what you already own. You just need to try. So tell me…what would you fill it with or where would you hang it?

Antique Industrial Hay Bale Pulley with Thrifted Basket Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #industrial #farmhouse #home

You can make it part of your home story as this and much more are available in my online shop.

  • Vintage Farmhouse Bench in Rustic Green available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #shopping #furniture
    Vintage Farmhouse Bench ~ $275

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Additionally, pin and share to inspire others too. Plus, it’s fun to share!

Straight from the trash, this thrfited basket makeover is one to see by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #homedecor #diy

Up next, its Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time. I’ve got the spring bug and am eager to create with this cleaning closet venture…

Thrifted Sweaters Before Refashion Fun | prodigalpieces.com

Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION series hosted by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Come learn to create for you and your home | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Comments

  1. Carol says

    I really like your thriftover and luckily I have most of these components to make it happen! Thanks for your continued inspiration!

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    Totally AWESOME!! 😎 Aside from the obvious plant….. it would be awesome in the kitchen for holding implements, produce, napkins, etc…. Or a home office for supplies or mail. The options are endless and it’s such a great look!! 😍 🙌🏼🥳

  3. Kim Banko says

    You know this is my style. Industrial farmhouse!! Another awesome upcycle Larissa!
    I immediately saw it filled with toilet paper, lol.

  4. Niki says

    I have seen these pulleys used many ways, most notably for hanging potted plants outside or indoors. I’m never lucky enough to run across them. Not at a price I can afford anyway.

    Here is an Irish blessing for St. Paddy’s Day!

    May the road rise up to meet you.

    May the wind be always at your back.

    May the sun shine warm upon your face;

    the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

    may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    Blessings

  5. Ginny says

    My first thought was toilet paper too! 😀

  6. Jill says

    I love how this turned out! I too, am a fan of the industrial farmhouse look! So fun!

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