Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How to give a basket a French look

I am getting ready for the Spring show of Mes Amis Antique and Vintage Show   and so many "little" projects are getting done.  I found two large baskets with wooden handles at the thrift store and knew they could look Frenchy. 
Before:
After a good clean, I got some home-made chalk paints out in a grey and a grey/blue and gave each basket two coats of paint.  After the paint had dried, I dry brushed on white chalk paint.  To do this I dipped my brush in the white and then wiped the excess off on the edge of the can.  You only need a little paint on the brush.  I then brushed it on the basket in big sweeping strokes so the white paint was spread out in a feathery like pattern.  The paint dries quickly and I was done! 



Grey basket 



Blue-Grey basket 



Dry brushing 









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    1. Thank you Martina- I love a simple and easy project!

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  2. They came out beautiful! I've been wanting to try this: I have leftover chalk paint in the right colors, and older baskets... Thank you for sharing your technique. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Su-it's an easy project that makes a big impact!

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  3. love this post, pinning for future projects!!!!

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    1. Thank you Christine-It makes an ugly but sturdy basket look stylish!

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  4. I've wanted to paint baskets for a long time, just haven't gotten around to it. You've inspired me! I love the dry brush effect. I'm sure they'll sell right away!
    xokathleen

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    1. Thank you Kathleen-glad to have inspired! Paint does wonders!

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    1. Thank you Kim-I know you love a good basket!

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  6. What a great find in those. I would love to find some with wooden handles. They look fantastic. How do you clean your baskets so as not to damage them, please? I have some I need to clean....I'm sure you have a fab method.

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    1. Thank you Debbie-I wish I had a fab way , but I just sprayed them with a natural cleaner and wipe down. These were not dirty at all so I was lucky. After I sprayed them with a natural cleaner I just put them in the sun.

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  7. Easy peasy with such visual impact - love your Frenchy baskets. I have a few of those in my basement storage room...hmmmm

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    1. Thank you Marie-it was easy peasy and that's what I like.

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  8. LOVE them. I was thinking of doing this with baskets I bought for a piece I will be working on and this convinced me

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cynthia-glad to motivate and I would love to see them when you are done.

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    1. Thank you Kris-paint can make things so pretty sometimes!

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  10. Those baskets are beautiful! Love the colors😍

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    1. Thank you Cindy-I like the colors too and how they turned out.

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  11. Such a lovely look. I am going to have to try this!

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    1. Thank you Robin-go for it-it is pretty easy but a tad messy!

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  12. So much better now. Thanks for sharing your paint technique at VIParty.

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    1. Thank you Betsy-I agree better now and they will be at Mes Amis

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  13. I actually have a basket that I want to do this to, so thank you for the directions on how to do it :)

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  14. Dropping by from Sundaes and Spaghetti # 116. I love the Frenchie look! Great to place my books in (if my cats don't scratch the heck out of it first!)

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    1. Thank you Hanniz-they would be great for books I agree!

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  15. Awesome job! I have three to do, so guess what my project is today? Mimi xxx

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    1. Thanks Mimi-I would love to see the project done!

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  16. Awesome!!
    I just saw that you can buy chalk paint in spray can.
    Must give it a try.

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    1. Thank you Linda-I have never heard of that but will now be looking!

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  17. I have a couple of baskets I'm going to try! It looks so easy!

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    1. Thank you Cyndi-It is easy to do, but a tad messy! Love to see how your baskets turn out.

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    1. Thank you-I think they are pretty now too!

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    1. 'thank you BJ- I am loving the Frenchy look for the baskets too!

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  20. Oh, I love painted baskets. I have done some myself and have them scattered about my house! Great for staging, too!

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    1. Thank you Suzanne-I love a good painted basket and they are so easy to do and make such an impact. I am going to be staging a house next week and might have to use some in that.

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  21. I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing! I wil definately try it out on my brown old baskets!

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    1. Thank you Tone-it is an easy way to transform a basket or two!

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  22. What an easy thing to do and they're just gorgeous! love them!
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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    1. Thank you Lynda-I love how they turned out too!

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