Do you love the look on vintage french baskets, but have no luck finding one?
Who wants to see an ugly trash can? NOT ME! I wanted to hid my trash can in my kitchen, adding more of the french country style that I love. How lucky was I when I found this very boring hamper at Goodwill, but I knew I could make it exactly what I wanted.
I started by staining the basket to give it a more worn and dark look. It needed to be more “vintage” looking.
Miniwax Early American is my go to stain. You can use any color you like. After I stained the entire basket, I used a Miniwax Polycrylic Protective Finish Spray to seal it.
Now let’s create that French basket look.
Grab some painters tape to create a safe area to paint the stripe. You can just do a block of white if you prefer. I wanted the white to go around the entire thing.
Dixie Bell paint in drop cloth is one of my favorites. It is white but not to bright. A softer alternative to bright white.
Now be patient and let it dry….
Let’s grab some stencils and start creating.
My Mom actually has a huge collection of old paper stencils in various sizes. I wanted this to have an old authentic look, so I thought these would be perfect. You can find stencils at just about any store these days.
You can even create your own using a Silhouette or Cricut machine if you own one.
I have used my Silhouette for so many projects. You can check one out HERE
Personalize your basket.
I don’t know if there is any meaning or significance in the French baskets. I assume there is. Maybe region, destination or contents. I decided to make my own using the first letter of my kids names. The R for our last and the #4 for the four of us. Get creative and do your own thing!
DONE! I am super happy with how it turned out!
Here it is in the kitchen. A little sun shining in always helps!
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