I'm sure you have old and dated baskets around the house. I have plenty. Most of them have a dark look or country theme, because that's what was in when I bought them. Well, time to give them new life!!
Here's the original basket...very 'country' looking. First I used straight Gesso, and watered down Gesso to give it an over all coat. Next I randomly brushed some grey craft paint over most of the basket. Then I went back and added more Gesso in areas, for that old peeled paint feeling.
This is the same basket after I used a little creativity.
Here you can see where I used a heavier amount of Gesso in spots to give it a more old paint look.
Here is the finished basket. I'm not sure what will go in it for good yet.
This was a pretty simple project. I have about 5 other baskets I'm planning on finishing in a similar fashion.
I purchased the paint, gesso and fleur de lis at Michaels. This basket makeover cost me about $2, a bottle of gesso runs around $7, but I have plenty of it left for numerous other projects.