So, I might be kind of obsessed with baskets. Like, I have to practically run through the basket aisle at Target or I’ll stop just long enough to allow one of them into my cart! But then I’d be broke and have a house full of baskets. Which is why I run! But I was at Hobby Lobby the other day looking through fall decor and I found a basket I really loved for a great price. The shape was perfect, but it was way too “new” looking. I just couldn’t pass it up, though, so I brought it home to see if I could make it look more like a vintage bushel basket that’s been apple picking a time or two!
Although this project has a lot of steps, it’s really quite easy. Here’s how to make your own vintage-looking basket.
What you’ll need:
new basket Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Curio & Tricycle mini whisk/stir stick/spoon paint brush Vaseline hemp oil
Start by mixing your Curio milk paint at about a 1 part milk paint to 4 parts water ratio. I like to use a mini whisk to mix my paint.
Apply a coat of paint to the whole basket. Being sure to get in all the nooks and crannies.
The first coat isn’t so pretty, so dry brush a second coat to even out the finish.
Next, apply Vaseline to the rim and handle of the basket. Apply to areas that may get wear over time.
Mix up your Tricycle milk paint a bit thicker. Probably about 1.5 – 2 parts paint to 1 part water. Apply to rim and handle of basket.
Once that’s dry, wipe the rim and handle down with a damp cloth to remove the Vaseline.
Apply hemp oil to the entire outside and handle of the basket to finish it off and deepen the color of the paint. You can apply hemp oil to the inside, too, if you want, but no one will probably see it, so I skipped that step!
And now you have a vintage-looking basket without the trouble of having to search high and low for one!
I’ll apologize now for the insane amount of pictures! I had fun shooting these!