To Market, To Market

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.

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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.

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First, I removed the cheap fabric and attached the wheels, even though they are plastic.

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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.

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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.

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Until I can find an original, this little reproduction French market basket will do just fine.

Take care.

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  1. Linda@Coastal Charm says

    Oh my…you had one AWESOME idea here…LOVE IT!!! Thanks for sharing it at my party.


  2. Beth says

    I have a photograph that I took in Versailles of a straw market where they sold these wonderful market baskets. They are simply to die for. So when your ready, I know where you can purchase one!!

  3. Carolyn Rasnick says

    Very clever!! So cute and functional. You gals never cease to amaze me with your innovations!!

  4. says

    Janette, Boy do I ever love all the white in your kitchen. We opted to buy a home two years ago instead of build because there were some good deals out there. I love my home, but it has NO white. I love white so I hope to change it in the future. My walls are all cream with tan woodwork. I have lots of cupboards and they are a beautiful wood. Too much wood for my taste. My hubby about died last year when I painted my island and fan hood turquoise. Still loving it. Your screen is a wonderful idea. Our kitchen/family room area is totally open also. The area is way to wide for a screen, but it sure works perfect for yours. You can put it up and cook in the nude if you want. lol! sorry, I just couldn’t resist.

  5. says

    Hi, it’s me again. sorry that my comment was on the wrong post. gotta tell you, I had an old umbrella basket. Like a dummy I used it out on my deck for a garbage and It finally fell apart.

  6. says

    Great job, Janette! I bought one of those baskets, too – after I read Rosemary’s tutorial on aging hers. Check it out on She is seriously amazing!!!!! 🙂

    xoxo laurie