I was about to donate an old basket I had on hand to my local thrift store, but then a creative idea to give it an update came to mind. Here is how to lime wash a basket.
I've been doing some Spring Cleaning lately.
There is something so satisfying to me to rid my home of clutter and old decor that I no longer use.
I came across this basket that was sitting in my decor closet (yes, I have a closet dedicated to all my home decor) and it was taking up quite a bit of space.
I loved the handwoven maple wood and look of this basket, but I was never keen on the color. It had definitely become more orange with age.
Ever since my husband started his Limewashing business, we always have extra Romabio Classico Limewash lying around.
And since this woven basket is made of wood, I thought it would be a perfect way to give it a quick update. Here's how I did it!
How to Lime Wash a Basket
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Romabio Classico Limewash - I used Bianco White
It comes undiluted, so the consistency is similar to a thick peanut butter.
You simply scoop out the amount you want.
For this, I used a take out spoon.
You simply put it in bowl and add equal amounts of water.
Since my teaspoon was rounded, I added a bit more than one spoonful.
Next you simply stir until it's fully blended.
Take your time, making sure to mix until any chunks of limewash are gone.
It only took me a few moments to get the water and limewash fully incorporated.
As you can see, the mixture is really milky.
I took a damp rag and wiped down the woven wood.
Then I painted each piece, following the wood grain.
Now when you wet wood, the grain tends to raise. You can see it a bit on the pieces that look a little fuzzy.
The entire process took me about 20 minutes.
Here's a picture of the basket drying.
Lime wash dries lighter, so the darker spots show where it is still wet.
I allowed it to sit for a few hours, but it was dry to the touch within about 30 minutes.
One thing about lime wash is that it has the possibility of chalking - meaning if you rub your fingers on it, it may rub off.
Luckily, I didn't have that problem, but I still lined the inside basket with a white tea towel just in case.
Every morning, I start my day in my sunroom with a fresh cup of coffee and a bible study.
So this basket holds my bibles and study materials.
I've been doing this for about a year now and it has made such a difference in my life.
I get up at 6:30 before everyone else in the house wakes up and open up my bible and use the First 5 app.
I love the quiet time of just me and the Lord without the distractions from others.
At our church in Tennessee, there was a older woman named Joy - and lemme tell you - she was rightfully named. She always had a smile on her face and you always felt loved whenever she was around. I always enjoyed talking with her since she was a mother of 2 adult boys and I was in the trenches!
One day, we were talking about bibles and I noticed she liked to take notes in her bible like I did. She told me that this was her third bible. When it was time for one of her sons to leave the nest, she gave him her bible, filled with all the wisdom she held fast to written over all the pages. Then she did the same thing for her second son.
So both of her sons have one of her bibles and she was beginning a third for her grandchild.
I loved this idea so much and hope to do the same thing with my 2 boys.
So I recently purchased a new bible and am in the process of copying the notes from the one I've used for the past 20 years.
Different colored highlighters mark all the varying seasons of our lives. It's amazing to see the colorful roadmap of His work in my life to draw me more and more to Him.
I had really stepped away from getting into the Word for many years. And the pandemic proved to be a difficult time for us all. So I made the decision to start my day with Him.
And, at first, waking up that early was a chore!
But I soon noticed the change in my attitude - giving a tithe of my busy time devoted to Him. I was more focused at work, less short and aggravated with the kids and have so much more hope.
So, every day, I touch this little basket and just love how it's now a part of my day.
If you have any leftover Romabio Classico Limewash lying around - this is an excellent idea to use it in a creative way.
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