This is so simple, it’s almost silly to share it, but it’s definitely one of those things that should be filed away in the ol’ noggin under “good to know, cause ya never know”.
I promise you, if you’ve never faux-aged, faux-distressed, or faux-rusticized anything with paint before, it really takes no skill at all. You just pick a few paint colors, make a bit of a mess, and then you’re done and you’ve created something magical! You never know when you’ll have something that’s just a little too shiny and new-looking and you need to give it a new (old) life.
With baskets, it’s extra easy because there are all those fabulous nooks and crannies for the paint to get stuck in and speed the process of ageing right along.
I made my case for why I think we all need to start hanging baskets on our wall as decor (art?) the other day and today I’m making good on my word, by showing you how I created a basket wall of my own.
I didn’t just run down to my local antique market and pick up some rare finds though. Of course not, I scrounged around the house for what I had on-hand and used a $2 thrift store cheapo basket as well, then I painted them to get the look I wanted.
Here’s what I did!
This is what the thrift store basket started out looking like. A boring plain straw color and it looks extra cheap. Like it was probably the base for some drug store gift basket or something. Oh, but wait…
I only used two colors here, and really I just picked things that I had around the house that I thought might give the effect I was looking for. Americana paint in Buttermilk, and Crafter’s Acrylic in Burnt Umber.
First I dry-brushed on some of the Buttermilk really quickly. I took about 2 minutes to do both the front and back, missing spots all over the place, because that’s part of the look.
Next I brushed on some of the Burnt Umber on a small section and then used a paper towel to smoosh it around and wipe off the excess, making sure to be super uneven in my approach. This step took maybe 5 minutes, and then I was done!
How can it be so easy? It really doesn’t seem fair.
I did the same thing on this old dollar store basked I had in a closet.
Totally different basket to start, but I did the same thing and came out with this:
After all that, I grabbed my hot glue, stuck the whole thing to the wall and ended up with this!
It’s exactly what I was hoping for on this wall. Actually, no, it’s better.
That third “basket” you see up there is actually my twine bowl that I made last year. It finally has a home!
So what do think? Would you hang baskets on your wall or are you still waiting to see if this trend sticks around a little longer?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.