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!


26 thoughts on “Grey Willow + Giveaway!”

  1. 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.


  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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!

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