I love baskets; wooden baskets, wire baskets, all kinds of baskets!
I found this dark, wooden basket at a garage sale for $5. It is a nice, large basket and I think the little, metal grommets add so much character to its unique style. I thought it would look fabulous in an aged, French country style. I started by whitewashing the basket with white paint thinned with water, wiping off the excess with a rag. This is what it looked like after the whitewash treatment.
Next, I gave it a coat of Ralph Lauren's glaze in smoke color, which gave the basket a weathered gray patina. I suppose I should call this technique graywashing.
This wire basket also came from a yard sale and only cost $1. This photo is not very good at showing the color of the basket before. It was actually dark black with kind of orange-colored wood handles.
I wanted to create another French country style basket with muted colors, so I applied the same treatment as I did to the other basket. It really toned down the basket and gave it an antiqued look.
I love the way the handles look after being "graywashed".
Ahhh...Don't you love hydrangeas? Each flower is like a hundred tiny flowers all held together in one large, magnificent bloom.
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