I picked up this little basket a few months ago at the thrift store. The star shape is unusual and so pretty. I could have gone many ways with this one. Red, white and blue for the Fourth of July came to mind. However, I just love my coastal blues and I decided to give it a summer, beachy look.
I was lucky enough to have just received a full box of the new chalk based style paints from General Finishes. This is my very generous thank you gift for being one of this year’s judges for the General Finishes Design Challenge Contest. Oh, my! I couldn’t wait any longer and opened up both Stillwater and Limestone for this project. One is a blue/gray and the other a whiter gray. Very beachy.
First I applied the Stillwater blue, then the Limestone and then again I added a touch of Stillwater. Voila!
A summer look for the thrift store basket! The full post on my family room’s Summer Room Refresh is HERE. Enjoy!
Very pretty! I love “beachy” decor.
Thank you for sharing your technique.
Hi Colette – you are welcome!
I have this exact basket…use it for paper serviettes on my baker’s rack…thanks for the tip…it needs to look beachy, since we live on Lake Huron!!!
Hi Jennifer – that is so funny that you have the exact same! Glad to have given you a little inspiration for it! I bet it is beautiful on Lake Huron. Lucky you!
Suzanne I love the whole new summer look.! The star wicker basket fits in great ..love the new colors that you used. I picked up a wicker frame Friday from good will and giving it a paint refresh. I have a rose print that I have been saving .it came out of a 1987 woman’s day magazine and finally found the right frame for it, thanks Diane
Oooh, that sounds like a fun project! Painting baskets/wicker is the easiest thing ever and such a bang for the buck! I found a blue wicker frame the other day at the thrift store and love it 🙂
Karen Marie Kedzuch
Your layering technique turned out beautiful. Calming the honey color of rattan to a coastal breeze.
It definitely is more calming with the gray blue hues – you are so right! Thanks!
Hi Suzanne, could you please tell me how you clean your brushes after using chalk paint. I am not getting mine as clean as I want. Thank you for any advice. Diane G.
Hi Diane, I only rinse them under the tap. I take my hands are rub them really well and keep at it for quite a long time before they are totally clean. I think you may need to dip yours into mineral spirits (paint thinner) to give them a good clean. Rinse really well after you do it. That should do the trick.
Thanks Suzanne, I will try that way. I made a pest of myself and asked you the same question again on an other post sorry. Thank you again. Diane G.
You are welcome!
Love the colors you chose. I have heard so many positive comments about GF paint. I have yet to try it but I want to in the near future.
Their products are amazing. I sell them now in the Shop! So exciting!
Marie, The Interior Frugalista
What a fabulous basket find, Suzanne. I’m glad you decided on the
Coastal theme rather than the patriotic theme. This way you can keep it on display for a much longer time and it would compliment so many decor styles. Congrats on your judging opportunity!