Grey Willow + Giveaway!

by Sherry

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!

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~Lavender Dreamer~ August 13, 2010 - 12:10 am

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! ♥

[email protected] Decorating August 13, 2010 - 12:22 am

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

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style August 13, 2010 - 12:22 am

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

sissie August 13, 2010 - 12:25 am

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 August 13, 2010 - 12:26 am

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 August 13, 2010 - 2:06 am

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


Rhonda August 13, 2010 - 4:05 am

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

Deserae August 13, 2010 - 4:15 am

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 August 13, 2010 - 12:09 pm

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

Lisa August 13, 2010 - 1:10 pm

Really pretty! I love the texture that you created!

Musings From A French Cottage August 13, 2010 - 1:35 pm

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 August 13, 2010 - 3:39 pm

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

Leann August 14, 2010 - 2:37 am

Hi Sherry

What a great makeover and sound fairly easy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mona Thompson August 14, 2010 - 3:40 pm

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 August 15, 2010 - 12:47 pm

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

cityfarmer August 16, 2010 - 12:03 am

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

Anne - Fiona and Twig August 16, 2010 - 1:03 am

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

Have a wonderful week!

Mary Ellen August 16, 2010 - 4:50 am

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

Cabin and Cottage August 16, 2010 - 3:43 am

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

French Country Cottage August 16, 2010 - 3:54 am

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! 🙂

Room to Inspire August 16, 2010 - 6:21 pm

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 August 17, 2010 - 4:21 am

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 August 17, 2010 - 1:56 pm

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 August 24, 2010 - 3:29 am

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 August 25, 2010 - 3:07 pm

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 January 11, 2011 - 4:59 pm

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.



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