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Thursday, May 16, 2013

FRENCH LAUNDRY BASKET...How To!


 I have been dreaming of finding an Antique French Laundry basket for some time.  Unfortunately, I have not found one in my price range or exactly what I wanted.  So, I 
did the next best thing... 
 
Since, my master bedroom remodel I have not had a place to store bed sheets and extra throw blankets.  I had a large armoire that use to house our electronics, and the cabinet below stored all my bed linens.  Yesterday, I had tripped over the pile of blankets in my closet floor one last time.   So, I did what any DIYer would do... I created my own!  I thought I would share my steps with you!
 

This is the basket before:


 
This is now!

 
HOW TO:
 
I purchased my trunk style basket at TARGET.   $60.00
I liked this basket the best because of the large size and it had a lid,
I do not want to see the blankets in the basket, so this worked best for me!
 
 
 
 
 
I used 3 different paints:
Grey house paint( Patriots Grey by Behr)
White Craft Paint
Metallic silver craft paint
Water
 
 I used what I had around the house to make this color wash
( I personally think Paris Grey, by Annie Sloan would be perfect, but I did not have on hand)
 
I mixed the paints in a small bucket, using mostly grey, then gradually added water to thin.
This created a fabulous color wash that I brushed all over.
 
Stencils: PARIS
Black craft paint ( I used a foam brush for this part)
 
I love it!  It turned out perfect and I cannot wait to add to my room for blanket storage!
 

 
 
This really was an easy project! I was so excited also to do this outside on the patio.   Finally, warm weather is here and I do not have to use my over crowded garage for my work space any more!
 
Well, that is it for me today. Thank you so much for viewing! 
I do hope you will stop back by to view the finished product in my master bedroom! 
 
Happy Painting!
 
 
Jeanne
 
 
Linking up to these parties today:
Real Family Fun Link Party 
HookingupwithHoH
Somewhat Simple
Artsy Corner Link Party
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Sharing my tutorial on Friday here:

The Answer Is Chocolate

Thirty Handmade Days

www.WHIPPERBERRY.com

SATURDAY OVER AT:



 
 

6 comments:

  1. So cute! What a great way to make your Target find into something unique :)

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    1. Thank you for looking! I love to take the plain and make into something beautiful! Hope to inspire you again in the future!

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  2. Such a neat idea!!

    Can't wait to see the master bedroom when finished!

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am so excited you like my idea, because I am such a huge fan of yours! I cannot wait to pull it all together and show off my beautiful retreat called my master bedroom! Thanks again!

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  3. What a great makeover! I love the basket after...so pretty. Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.
    KC

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  4. I love this cute laundry basket! The color looks great. And the stencil gives it just that extra little punch. Love it :) Thanks so much for linking up with me @ Great Idea Thursday's! You are fabulous :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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