Vintage baskets ~ shabby chic update

Found these old baskets at a recent rummage sale.  They’re fine as they are.  But  I like to add some ‘oomph’ when I can. So I decided to ‘dry brush’ them white.

Just ‘barely’ load your brush with paint, then wipe some off so your brush is almost dry.  Then using a very light touch, brush the paint onto the baskets.  The paint will only hit the ‘high spots’ of the basket, creating a nice shabby chic contrast.

Just right for a softer spring look!  These 2 baskets just happened to both be a light color or begin with.  The dark, more primitive baskets can be dry brush painted just as well.

It literally takes just MINUTES to fry brush paint a basket like this.  Got any old tired baskets YOU need to update?!?  

Vintage baskets; basic brown to beachy blue

Thrifted oval wicker trunk.

Thrifted wood slat picnic basket with cheesy PLASTIC eagle emblem, and solid wood top.

Removing the eagle was harder than I thought.  A bit of collateral damage to cover up some how.

I ‘dry brush’ painted both baskets.  LOVE dry brushing!  Love how it looks AND how quick and easy it is to do!  Took maybe a whole 15 minutes to paint each basket.    My remedy for the damage from removing the eagle was to glue on a wood star and tie a strip of tea stained muslin around it.

Both baskets are for sale in my booth at Stars:

This oval one would actually make a nice little coffee table by adding a tray to the top.

Another wood slat basket with an open top, that I’ve had for a while atop the lidded one I just painted.