Hello sweet friends! I’ve got not one, but FOUR brand new thrifty basket makeovers coming to you today!
I rounded up all the baskets in this haul and decided to make them all over to share in one post.
I thought there were only four, but after looking back at the collage of all the pieces while writing this post, I realized there are actually five. Oopsie! I’ll share that last one in a future smalls post.
These are the four lucky baskets getting their big makeovers today:
As you can see, I paid around $7 for the lot. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I will warn you that all of these baskets are painted white. It’s no secret that I love a white painted basket. Okay, I like a white-painted anything lol.
However, it’s not just about the paint color. I’ll be sharing how you can embellish a simple basket as well!
Thrifty Basket Makeover #1
The first basket is this small one I picked up at the thrift store for $2.25:
I bought it because I thought it was a good deal rather than a pretty basket. It is also very sturdy and well-made.
I started this basket makeover like I do most of my baskets, with a quick coat of Rustoleum Spray Primer:
I used my small spray shelter as well as a large Lazy Susan that is fantastic for spray painting smaller items. Some of you may remember my hubby throwing away my old Lazy Susan that I had found at the thrift store for only $2 many years ago. He thought it was in the trash pile! I ended up getting a bigger and better one since he was paying for it. (Definitely not for $2 though!)
Also, you can see that I like to start spraying with a basket upside down first. Then I flip it over and spray it right side up.
This brush is primarily a wax brush, but it is fantastic at painting anything with a lot of details like these baskets! The bristles really get into all those crannies so well!
You can see more on how I do that in this quick video:
If you have any trouble viewing, you can see it on YouTube HERE.
This once boring basket is now a one-of-a-kind cutie!
It needed something more once I was done painting, so I decided to finish it off with a little sign. I made it from the leftover poplar strips that I used to create the board and batten in the boys’ bathroom.
All it needed was a mini transfer…
I used bits of two different mini transfers on this sign. These are from a set of mini transfers called Classic Vintage Labels by Re-designed by Prima. If you search that name on Etsy, you should find several retailers that have them.
Again, I used the cheat method and my layering block to faux distress this little piece as well:
I drilled a small hole in each upper corner and attached it with craft wire:
See more details on how I attach these smalls signs HERE.
The tag is such a small addition, but really added personality to this basket…
Thrifty Basket Makeover #2
Basket #2 was a lucky $1 yard sale find:
I loved the shape of it!
I know I could just spray paint and call it a day, which I sometimes do and would certainly be easier, but I love the texture chalk paint gives these baskets. I only spray prime to get a quick coat of paint on there.
This one got a little bit different kind of embellishment…
You can see how easy they are to make HERE.
I used my drill to make tiny holes that I could thread wire through to secure it in place.
Or for really fancy hamburger buns, because that’s what’s in there ha ha!
Hey, it’s all I had! Super fancy!
Thrifty Basket Makeover #3
This next basket was also only a dollar from another yard sale:
I loved the price more than the basket, and it was really sturdy!
Like the others, this one too started out with a coat of Rustoleum Spray Primer. I gave it two coats for solid coverage since the weave on this one was super tight.
Then I taped off stripes using FrogTape and sprayed those in this beautiful Robin’s Egg Blue:
I pulled the tape off as soon as I hit it with the second coat of spray.
Ya’ll know I love stripes because they are so perfect in coastal decor!
As you can see, I decided to create a tag for this one out of the leftover poplar strips also. I used my miter saw to cut the corners.
I gave it a coat of primer, followed by a coat of the blue. Then I used stencils to add the number 3 to it:
I sanded it to distress it and let the white come through. There ended up being too much space between the two stencils once I removed them, so I added a row of dots with my stylus!
I love that oopsie addition!
The key got a couple of coats of Cotton. It came from a set of spooky keys I found on clearance after Halloween one year.
Thrifty Basket Makeover #4
And last but not least is the most expensive of the bunch at $3.25:
I nabbed this one up real quick when I spied it at the thrift store!
I decided not to paint this one completely and let some of that dark brown peek through, so I just dry-brushed it, using Fluff this time:
I used a regular brush to do that, dipping my brush in the paint and then dabbing it off on a paper towel before taking it to the basket.
You can see the finish up close here…
This is SO easy to do, and I love this look for darker baskets!
I think what makes this basket unique though is the addition of the little sign.
This also came from those poplar strips! I found them at Home Depot and they are perfect for making these signs.
This one got a combination of two different mini transfers also:
And I attached it the same way using craft wire.
It adds so much charm!
This one might be my favorite!
Do you have a favorite?
They might all be painted it white, but the embellishments make them unique!
I hoped y’all enjoyed seeing these baskets come to life today!
I’ll be back on Thursday with our finished pantry yay!!
UPDATE: No need to come back…check out our new and improved pantry HERE now!
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