Wednesday, June 8, 2011

"Ammo Basket" Inspired

I've always liked the European Ammo Baskets and I'm still searching for one to use in my home.

Some of you may remember I have a "thing for baskets".  Go here and let me know if it's a sickness or just a "thing".

 This is where I got my inspiration... 

and here's my version.
I know it doesn't even come close to looking
like the original but it's the idea.

(Of course I had already started painting it when I remembered to take a before picture.)
It started out as an ordinary wicker hamper.

Which I dry brushed with dark gray paint then a much lighter gray paint. 
After all that dried I did a white wash over the whole thing. 

Once the white wash was dry I painted on the numbers.
Why 18?  No idea it just seemed to look good together.
Then I sanded over the whole basket and even scraped a little paint off the numbers.
Trying to give it an aged and used look.
I felt like it needed more aging so I used some dark wax all over and added a little extra in places.

I like it and even Tyson my sweet grand-dog
seems to likes it!

Elizabeth Ann

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  1. It's a good thing not a sickness for the love of baskets! Love, love the basket you designed! Great idea and I can think of soooooo many uses! Oh, we had a wonderful time at the coast!!

  2. Ooh, I love the basket. I have to tell you that I have also drooled over that tomato sandwich all day. I tried to comment but it wouldn't let me. Love your blog!

  3. Really like the basket E.A....Hope all is well with you...May visit your booth soon. Tiff

  4. I've got a basket I sprayed a pretty grayish color last weekend but want to do a light whitewash over it and stencil (or hand paint) numbers on it. My first try at the stenciling didn't turn out too good so I'll probably have to free hand them.

    One question Elizabeth, what color are your adirondack chairs on your sidebar? I'm having a time with mine (see my recent post)....I wanted to stain them but will have to paint instead. They look black or dark, dark, gray....


  5. I think it came out wonderful~ it looks charming - love baskets too! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog~going on all weekend! :)

  6. Hi Elizabeth Ann! I think your basket is fabulous! This is coming from a basket addict...I love them in any shape or size. I know I am really late but I wanted to drop by to thank you for joining my party.