I hadn’t planned on it.
I thought maybe I’d use the quiet of the night to write, or read.
But, then I walked into the laundry room and decided that I couldn’t stand it any longer. So, at 12:30 a.m. I poured the laundry detergent, stain fighter, fabric softener and borax into the pretty glass containers I’d purchased a week before.
I changed the cover on the ironing board, installed the hooks for the mop and broom, did a little reorganizing, and then stood back to look at my work.
Something just wasn’t quite right. After studying the laundry room for a moment, I decided it was the wicker laundry baskets.
They were too golden.
By this time it was at least 2:00 a.m., but I decided that if I didn’t paint the baskets right then and there, they’d never get done.
So, I covered the kitchen island with a couple of plastic sacks, gathered my supplies, and got to work.
DIY FRENCH WICKER LAUNDRY BASKET
- wicker laundry basket (found at Walmart, or most craft stores)
- 1″ chip paint brush (I usually buy mine at Walmart. You can also purchase them through Amazon. affiliate link: Chip Brush Set 12/Pkg-1″ Width )
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting (Purchase at Michael’s, Home Depot, JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby)
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Primitive
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Coco (Purchase online or at a local retailer. I purchase ASCP at Michella Marie.)
- plastic bowl
Directions: Note – The goal is to create a layered, textured effect. So, there is no need to apply full coverage on any of the steps.
- In long, sweeping strokes, paint basket in one layer of Everlasting.
- Rinse brush
- Using pouncing motions (like you’re stenciling) paint basket in Primitive. Work your brush into grooves. Leave some of the first coat of paint exposed.
- Rinse brush
Notice the layering of colors.
- Mix 1 part water to 1 part paint in a bowl to create a wash. Add more paint or water as needed to create a thin, water-color type consistency.
- Gently glide brush across basket to coat in wash.
The wash gives the basket depth and texture.
And, now you have a perfectly french laundry basket.
I’ll reveal the french wicker laundry baskets in the laundry room, along with the other laundry room changes, soon.
See you in class,