Give those old or thrifted baskets a savvy makeover with this quick and easy faux gild finish, using just craft paint and a sea sponge.
You’ve probably picked up on the fact that I’m a huge fan of faux paint techniques.
And why not?
They’re much less expensive than the real deal and produce a finish that requires at least a double take for the skeptical eye.
While I do appreciate authenticity in life, paint is one place I can comfortably make an exception.
Remember that little thrift store stool I upcycled with a faux marble paint job?
When I shared the project on Hometalk, one commenter suggested I update the plant basket too – perhaps gold (maybe she saw that shiny plug cover on the wall? 🙂 )
So that’s exactly what I decided to do!
I had absolutely no interest in trying to work with gold leaf on a basket.
And a brash gold spray paint…nope!
I decided a faux gild finish would be perfect, grabbed a few craft paints and a sea sponge, and gave it a shot.
This is literally the simplest paint job ever!
If you don’t have a basket lying around your house, grab a few on your next thrift store excursion and give this faux finish a try.
Tip: If you can’t use a faux gilded finish in your decor, use a smaller, shallow basket for a gorgeous gift basket base.
Here’s how it started: a basic, gently white washed plant basket.
Easy as 1-2-3
I used three Folk Art metallic paints:
- Pure Gold
- Antique Gold
You’ll need a light, dark, and medium color paint – and these colors are really just relative to each other, so if you have others that aren’t these exact colors, it will still work fine.
Starting with the medium color, dot the paint over the surface of the basket with a dampened sponge. I love a sponge because it works so well to get into the tight spaces.
Don’t worry about getting perfect coverage. You’re just going for good coverage this first time.
Rinse the sponge and once the paint is dry, repeat using the dark color. Now, you can work it into some of the obvious spaces that you missed with the first color. You’ll probably still have a few gaps, but it really depends on the weave of your basket and how complete you want the coverage to be.
Finally, rinse the sponge again and after it’s dry, use the light color to add some shimmering highlights. This time, don’t try to cover it entirely, rather dot it on in little spots.
And you can keep working with it until you’re happy with what you get because as with any handcrafted project, it will be as unique as its maker.
And that is what makes your creative projects wonderful!
If you enjoyed this post, you may also like How to Make a Super Quick and Easy Cute Planter.
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