Timeworn, aged, faded, shabby. All words to describe those well-worn flea market baskets that catch my eye and pull at my heart. So I was excited a couple of years ago to receive my mother-in-law’s old wicker laundry basket. Mr. OTN, who is no youngsta’, has memories of being pulled across the floor in this basket by his older brothers.
How sweet then, that it came home to live with us. Here is a picture of said basket as shared in our Den Reveal last Fall. It is perfect just the way it is and I wouldn’t think of touching it with a paintbrush!
However . . . some of the baskets I have around my home are neither old nor precious, so this past week I decided to touch up a few of them with paint to give them that well worn look that I love.
Ageing baskets is one of the quickest and easiest projects you’ll ever do!
First, a “before” view of the baskets I painted . . .
. . . and here they are “after” painting.
On my powder room trash can I used my Homemade Chalk Paint recipe and paint that Home Depot mixed to match Annie Sloan’s chalk paint color French Linen.
For this flower basket I used Home Depot’s match to Annie Sloan’s Country Grey.
For the rest of my baskets I layered both colors, French Linen and Country Grey, by dry brushing on alternating layers of paint. You can see the beginning of that process below.
French Linen . . .
. . . followed by Country Grey.
I simply kept layering alternating colors until I liked what I saw. My kitchen baskets were sealed with a bit of dark wax for added protection and to age them even more.
These are the Home Depot colors I used.
That’s it. A simple afternoon project that makes a big difference in how things look.
I’ve been adding a few new touches to my kitchen and my aged baskets fit right in. I’ll be back later this week to share more pictures in Adding Personality to a Kitchen. Until then, thank you dear readers for stopping by. I hope you have one fantastic week!