Author: Autumn (Janette)
Have you seen those cute, old French market baskets that some people have been lucky enough to find? Sherry at No Minimalist Here has a great one. I have been wanting one to use as an umbrella holder in our foyer, but I have N.E.V.E.R. seen a truly old one.
During a recent visit to Jordan’s house in Syracuse, we made a stop at Joann’s, and I spotted this baby on sale for half price. I thought with some tweaking, I could make it appear older.
First, I removed the cheap fabric and attached the wheels, even though they are plastic.
Then I gave it two coats of stain. I purposely did a messy job so that it would look as if it aged over time. The stain added just a subtle patina which you can see here next to the unstained part.
Although it isn’t authentically old, I can live with the way it looks, and it fits perfectly beside the grandfather clock in our foyer.
Until I can find an original, this little reproduction French market basket will do just fine.