Make a brown basket look like a french antique basket

With the weather getting warmer I wanted to lighten things up around here, so I started with painting a  few brown baskets to give them the look of a french antique basket.  This is so easy and took me just about 30 minutes.

Step by step tutorial on how to make a basket look   antique


Old Basket
Americana Decor Chalky Finish (I used lace but any light color will do)
Dark Stain (I used Ebony by Min Wax)
Paint Brush


First, add a bit of  gray paint to the chalky finish paint and mix.

Mix paint for a diy antique basket

basket before makeover

Grab a dry, flat brush and dip the bottom part of the bristles into the paint, making sure you don’t have too much paint on the brush. If you have too much paint just blot it several times on a paper towel.

How to paint a basket (1)

With your brush, get into all the crevices of the basket, inside and out.  You don’t need to have every inch of the basket covered.  I then added another layer of paint that was just a little bit lighter in color for depth. I only applied 2 layers but you can apply as many or as few layers as you want.

To antique the basket,  I simply dampened a cloth with water and dipped it lightly into the stain.  I  took the cloth and gently went over the basket until I had just the right amount of aging. This step gave it that perfect aged look I was going for.
Turn any basket into a french antique basket
Make a regular brown basket look like a french antique   basket

French linen basket

 I was pretty happy with how the basket turned out and can’t wait to get my hands on all those baskets I have stored in the attic!

Linking up

French country cottage

4 thoughts on “Make a brown basket look like a french antique basket

  1. I love how this basket turned out! So pretty Kristin. I have quite a few baskets sitting in our garage and am going to do this this weekend. Will pick up the supplies tomorrow.

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