My not so french.... french basket

Recently while I was out treasure hunting I spotted this large wicker basket.  I have a serious basket addiction.  I find it nearly impossible to pass up large wicker baskets...... I don't know why but I just love them so.


I loved the size and the shape but I wasn't a fan of the light color.  I wanted it to appear to be old and heavily used.  Like an old French basket.  I decided to add some stain as well as paint to it to try and give it that aged patina I was wanting.  
I wiped on stain on the inside and the outside, then randomly sprayed some grey primer, then wiped it down while it was wet, then went back over that with more stain.  I think that it turned out fantastic.  It looks old and well loved.
I keep this basket in my room next to my reading table for pillows and throws. 
Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands to turn something that isn't quite what you wanted into just what you knew it could become.    Can you believe Christmas Eve is 1 week away???

Blessings to you,