Thursday, August 12, 2010

Grey Willow + Giveaway!

I want to thank everyone for your kind comments on my stool and mirror makeover. You are the best!

If you haven't entered the giveaway you can enter here for a $80.00 CSN  gift certificate. Entries are accepted until 8/24/10.

I previously posted about turning my plain brown and white painted willow pieces into the new modern grey willow. If you missed the post about my Tuscan breakfast and willow transformation you can see it here .

This is a really easy and quick process and the results are fabulous. I have found that it does work better on willow than rattan or wicker, though I have been happy with all the results.

For this project you need light grey craft paint and a brown glaze . I use Ralph Lauren Smoke glaze for everything and love it.  First, dry brush the grey paint randomly over the piece.  You do not want to entirely cover the willow or it will look like you just painted it. While the paint is still wet apply the glaze randomly. Do not wipe glaze off unless you feel you have applied too much.  Once the paint dried I took sandpaper and lightly sanded haphazardly to expose some of the natural color.  Below are before and after pictures of candle holders.

I used the same process on the food cover and tray. These pieces were lightly spray painted white when I purchased them.  If you like the lighter grey look you could spray paint your piece white before adding the grey paint and glaze.

I have transformed a number of pieces which I will show you when I post pictures of the party I am hosting in a couple of days.   Thank you so much for visiting!

I am joining the parties at:
My Romantic Home
Shoe String Decorating
Dipity Road
Between Naps On The Porch
Silly Little Sparrow
The Brambleberry Cottage
Life As Lori
Somewhat Simple


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I didn't see your email to write...I think I wrote the same comment twice to enter your giveaway! You can delete one of the comments if I did! Sorry for the confusion! Thanks! ♥

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I like them! Great idea to make them look weathered!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sherry, I will have to give that a try, too. They look great.

sissie said...

Hi Sherry,
I really like that technique. It softens the willow and gives it a great patina. Good job.

Can' wait to see the rest.


Tamra said...

Sherry, that is beautiful!

You are a girl after my own heart, simple yet stunning transformations is what it's all about!

One Cheap B*tch said...

Very pretty! I seem to paint everything white or black and this seems like a nice departure!


Rhonda said...

I love this look and I have lots of tired baskets! Thanks for the tutorial.

Deserae said...

I love the grey willow...your pieces look fabulous!!!! Can't wait to see your tablescape so don't keep us hanging too long :o) Have a great weekend!

Sailing Simply said...

I love baskets of all shades and colors. This looks wonderful. The lighter grey one is my favorite.

Lisa said...

Really pretty! I love the texture that you created!

Musings From A French Cottage said...

This is a great idea! I'm always picking up willow baskets at the flea market and this is a great way to refresh them. Thanks for sharing your how-to!

God Bless,

FairfieldHouse said...

Thank you for the inspiration and tutorial on how to weather my (ugly) blonde storage baskets used in the bathroom! Beautiful results!

Leann said...

Hi Sherry

What a great makeover and sound fairly easy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mona Thompson said...

Love it. First time here. Glad I stopped by. What color gray paint did you use? There are so many. I have several things I would like to try this on. If you have a chance stop by my blog. I am giving away three antique leather books.

Nancy said...

Love the transformation Sherry. They turned out so pretty! Nancy

cityfarmer said...

I'm liking this a.l.o.t

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

I really love the look of this, it's very soft and beach washed. So pretty!

Have a wonderful week!

Cabin and Cottage said...

This is a great change! I really love the gray better! So French! Stopping over from BTNOTP--Jacqueline

French Country Cottage said...

I love the gray finish!! I know just the perfect little wicker pieces I have to try your technique out on! LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing! :)

Mary Ellen said...

This is such a great idea for updating baskets and such! Geez maybe I shouldn't have taken all those baskets to goodwill!

bee blessed

Room to Inspire said...

The gray finish is fabulous - I am going to have to try this with a few pieces of my own! I really love the look.


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is a fantastic painting technique! I'm keeping this on hand. I have so many baskets tht could benefit from a little facefift!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow , Sherry! I love that look! I have a door basket that would look fabulous that way! Thanks again for the inspiration for the flatware caddies! I'm not sue I would have realized what they were had I not seen yours! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Elizabeth Maxson said...

I love this tip and how you share it with others. Great blog - so glad I found you - can't even remember how, but I love it.


LLH Designs said...

I've been wanting to try this on some baskets in my family room that are too golden, but I still haven't found the motivation. Maybe this post will be it! Thanks for sharing!

Cote de Texas said...

Wow! that looks sooo good!!!!! it looks like the real thing. ok. now i want to go around my house and paint all my wicker!!!! hehe.