03 June, 2012
DIY Grey Willow French Laundry Basket
Is it just me or is there something very French about laundry hung out to dry outside? Even French artists found it inspiring, as in this unusually colorful painting from Edouard Manet…Le Linge. I think for me it comes from living in France where none of my friends ever used the dryer…even if they owned one! The preferred method was line drying…such a fresh, clean smell! I took up the habit myself.
So when I found this laundry basket on sale at Michaels for only $5.00, I knew it was time to try my hand at that grey willow finish.
I tried several methods and finally decided on this one. First, I spray painted it with Rust-oleum Camouflage paint…a nice beigey-greyish color. Once that dried, I added a wash (half paint, half water) of Behr Sparrow in the sample size that I had bought for a previous project.
And here’s the result! I like it…not too white and a nice little layered vintage look!
I also wanted to create a chalkboard tag for my laundry basket...no surprise there, huh? I seem to be on a chalkboard tag roll lately! lol I found these oval wooden cutouts…four to a package for $3.00…also at Michaels. Good! I’ll have extra tags for another project. I even went ahead and created an extra while I was at it. Just drill two holes and paint with several coats of chalkboard paint.
Baby Kitty helped me add twine for tying the tags to the basket. I used some of my grandson’s hair wax (leftover from his previous spiky hairdo) on the ends of the twine to make it easier to get it through the little holes. That’s my authentic French santon...a $2.92 bargain from Goodwill still posing with my French wine country centerpiece!
I just tied the tag to the basket and added le linge…"laundry" in French…
Wisteria knock-off linen hand towel thrown over the basket…
…and my French-inspired vintage tea towels made from those 79 cent dishtowels from IKEA!
Maybe one day I’ll own the real thing, but in the meanwhile, maybe my frenchy laundry basket will help me to pretend!
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