Driftwood Finish DIY: How to Quickly Transform a Boring Wicker Basket
Let me show you how to transform a plain wicker basket into a French country style organizer. This driftwood finish DIY basket it absolutely gorgeous and so much fun to make.
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I am excited today to show you how you can get a DIY driftwood finish on some bathroom storage.
1. Find a basket
For this project, I grabbed some wicker baskets. I find the darker ones work better for this project but if you have lighter ones you can stain them dark before beginning.
2. Paint the basket
The first thing I wanted to do, since my baskets were already dark was to paint them with some pale grey paint. I made sure to shake the paint up well and then put a little on my painter's palette.
I used a dry brush for this step, and just worked on the exterior of the basket adding paint on all sides.
With the grey added to the basket, you'll notice that there were still some pieces of the original finish showing through. I wanted a faux driftwood finish so I was ok with that as it added some dimension.
When the grey was dry, I added some honeycomb colored paint. You don’t want the paint to be too thick for this stage so you can add a little bit of water if it is thick.
To add the lighter paint, I used a dry brush and very lightly dabbed it on in random spots. If you get too much on, you can use a paper towel to wipe it off and lighten it up.
3. Create a tag
Once I had both colors of paint on my DIY driftwood basket, I wanted to add little farmhouse inspired tags. I took an artist brush and painted some numbers on the little tags.
4. Add ribbon
To finish off my baskets, I took some fun farmhouse-style ribbon in a black checkerboard pattern and used it to tie on my tags.
I wanted the ribbon to have a finished look so I folded it in half and snipped off a little section at an angle. When opened up, it gave the ribbon a nice finished look.
Since my ribbon had wires, it was easy to thread it through my tags and then tie it around the handles of the baskets.
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That was all I had to do to get a French country style Farmhouse organizer. This DIY driftwood finish was so easy and makes my bathroom look so much better! A Pottery Barn hack that I made for a fraction of what I would have paid retail. I hope you enjoyed today's project, and you feel inspired to try it in your own home.