Thursday, June 16, 2011

French Country Baskets

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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Anonymous said...

My mom has always loved baskets of all kinds, so when we go in a store that sells them, that's where she looks first. I love the chicken wire style basket that you did. I'm with you because I love hydrangeas too. The pink is my favorite, but I love the bright blue too.

Emily said...

Oh my gosh! I totally thought the first picture was from a magazine! Beautiful baskets and flowers! And, I do so love hydrangeas! They're my favorite. :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Both baskets look fantastic with their washes.

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

Gorgeous baskets! And, flowers, too :) I like your "graywashing" technique. It really gives them a nice patina.

Deborah said...

Hello my sweet friend!!
Im a basket lover too!
I love how you've gray-washed them...they are sooooooooooo nice!
I love hydrabgeas Momma alwyas gives me dried ones every them so!!
I've missed you xo

Deborah xoxo

Burlap Luxe said...

I as well love baskets! I cannot get enough of them, always finding a new one to love and trading in the old ones, this way I am not to over loaded with them in my home but I can use a new one to change the mood and not tire the room with the same ones.

I love your paint finish it is so euro flea market chic!

Thank you for stopping by to admire my French Gray zinc French address plaques.

I will return soon.


Renee {Shabby, Chic and Charming} said...

Great job on both pieces, Amanda! I do so love hydrangeas.

Unknown said...

Oh yes I love baskets and hydrangeas and this post!!!! Beautiful. Thank you. Kylie

Tiff said...

Your baskets look so stunning! I love the way you styled them gently to give them that gorgeous aged look! X

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Amanda, I also thought the first picture was from a magazine. You found some great baskets at an amazing price. I love the washed look. Thank you for joining my party this week.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hopped over from Open House Thurs. Love the treatment you did on the baskets. Going to have to give that grey washing a try. Hydrangeas are to die for. We don't have alot of luck with them here in Ut. I did plant a Lime light tree and it's doing well.

Mona Kay Gorman said...

Wow, I just love those baskets!! I will have to start paying more attention at garage sales...sooo pretty! Love the "washes" you added...

The Unusual Farmchick said...

Absolutely great baskets! The redo you gave them is perfect. I have 2 baskets like the metal one with wooden handles. Mine are most likely 20 or more years old {I acquired them almost a decade ago}. Not a common find {I have been looking for more but yet to discover them}. LOVE LOVE the look of Hydranges. Makes me desire a few of them in the yard but I would have to take a few things out before adding anything. lol. Once again, great job on the finds- and the make over.

Sue said...

I love the metal basket that you gray-washed! It has such character. Your wire basket looks so pretty filled with hydrangeas. ~ Sue

michelle said...

They are beautiful Amanda and I love the renew on the wooden basket, so pretty.

June said...

I'm looking for wire baskets like these - where else can I get them from? I'm from Singapore and we don't have them here.

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