French Market Basket Upgrade

Hi everyone.  I bought a new French market basket a while back at a craft store in Syracuse and decided that it was looking too….well……too new.  We have been using it to hold our umbrellas in the foyer, and I decided it was time to upgrade it by adding some age and personality to it..  After all, doesn’t everything (and everyone) that has some age on it have more personality????  Just saying….  You could use this same approach to age any basket.


French market basket

I added a few different colors of paint and then a little marche sign to it.  One of the translations of marche in French is shop.  (It also means walk or stroll, so, both work.)



French market basket

I used Paris Grey chalk paint and applied it using a sponge brush.  Then I wiped some off.  Then I added some oil rubbed bronze and wiped it off.  Finally, I added some Briwax to darken and age it even more.





I roughly cut out a piece of gingham from my fabric bin and just attached it with glue.  I used some acrylic paint to add the wording.




French market basket


The basket looked like this when I began.




French Market Basket

And here’s the final result.  Don’t you think it has more personality???


I am headed to Jordan’s on Wednesday.  This is love, folks.  I am flying north to subzero temperatures to spend time with our daughter instead of heading to warmth in the south.  Our son and his bride are closing on their new house in DC this week.  Exciting times!!!  Plus, congrats to Donnamae who won the Diane Keaton book in last week’s giveaway.

Take care.


Linking to Between Naps on the Porch and Savvy Southern Style’s Wow Us Wednesday,  Dixie Delights,

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  1. Ann Sinn says

    Love the basket. I’ve only seen spray oil rubbed bronze paint. Did you spray it on, then wipe it off? I have a similar-colored basket I would like to paint. Thanks