White Washed Basket


Hello friends. I hope you had a great weekend!
Today is a very special day; when many of us will be able to witness the wonder and mystery of the universe via a solar eclipse.
Though we’re not directly in its path we will be able to partially experience it. I have always been fascinated by these natural wonders . Which makes today’s post a little insignificant in nature when you think about the incredible scene today will be. But alas, I wanted to quickly show you a cute basket I found at a thrift store, which I then painted using DecoArt’s Vintage Effet Wash paint.  I’m a little  obsessed with this paint because I was able to achieve exactly the ‘white washed” look I was looking for.

57e9982cbf207dda689453e7e36498ce The other day I was doing a little pinning and came across this PIN . I love the look of these white washed baskets …



I think what I love the most is how easy it was to achieve and give an old basket a ‘new’ life.

The before was just fine and I was super excited when I came across this basket at the thrift store but the basket had a few stains. I think it had been used to hold a plant.
So I wanted to see if I could achieve the ‘white washed’ look like on the pin. So  I used the white Vintage Effect Wash  and I was immediately in love.  Whitewashedbasketcraftberrybush-2
The instructions on the bottle say to apply with a brush and then wipe with a rag. That system works well for solid surfaces, but I found that simply using a dry brush technique on the weave of the basket worked better.  Whitewashedbasketcraftberrybush-3 Whitewashedbasketcraftberrybush-4

Whitewashedbasketcraftberrybush-6 Here you have a side by side comparison. It’s hard to tell on this photo, but the white paint is soft and not overpowering.

I also tried the various colors and I just love this particular ‘ombre’ effect, don’t you?  The blue allows you to see how translucent and wonderful the paint is. You can apply it to a raw wood or a painted surface and there’s no need to coat it.  Whitewashedbasketcraftberrybush-8 I decided to just paint the entire thing white and I’m in love with how it turned out.


Whitewashedbasketcraftberrybush-10 Whitewashedbasketcraftberrybush-11 Whitewashedbasketcraftberrybush-12 Whitewashedbasketcraftberrybush-14 Such a simple little DIY but one that is making me smile.

I hope you’re able to watch today’s wondrous spectacle.

Happy Monday sweet friends!

Much love,



  1. j.hall says

    Lucy, I love the freshness of your painted basket! It looks lovely in your room. I decorate mostly in neutrals or really dusty shades. Sometimes “plain” hemp or wicker baskets get lost in the room. This paint performed exceptionally well! I saw this paint at a local craft store and considered purchasing it; I decided not to buy it because of the so-so results I’ve had with similar products. I’m glad you mentioned using the dry brush technique with this, I will definitely do the same. Thanks for a great post and a great tip as well!

  2. Leenda says

    I do enjoy your blog, however, whats with the pop up adds after each scroll? Very annoying. Almost takes the fun out of browsing your lovely pictures, when I have to keep closing adds. Is there anyway to limit them?

  3. Liz says

    Just love your your white basket, we have
    old ottomans in the same weave but thicker do you think this would work and will sitting on them remove the stain?
    They are worn but still in decent condition. Thanks so much.

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