Hello, fabulous friends! I’m back sharing how to paint a basket the easy way with a basket I had floating around the house for years!
I worked in our front yard and on the front porch all weekend, and tomorrow, I’ll moving on to the back deck! Everything is looking so pretty!
So today, I thought I’d share this fun summery basket makeover from a while back.
I picked up this basket at the thrift store. It had been so long before I actually did something with it that I didn’t even recall which one I found it at, or how much I paid for it:
I’m sure it wasn’t much.
I know I bought it while we were still at our last house, so it’s been a while! (How did I live like that?? Thank goodness my hauls keep me on track now!! )
And can you believe we’ve been here almost five years??
I was so over this basket hanging around so long that I decided I would put it out at our annual yard sale for a dollar just to get it out of the house…
Would you believe nobody else wanted it either?
We donated most of what was left at the end of the day after that sale, but I decided to keep this basket and finally do something with it.
It was really a great shape and size. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
How to Paint a Basket the Easy Way
To get started on this simple makeover, I used my shop vac to remove any dust that had settled in the weave.
Then I brought out my small spray shelter and spray primed it first using Rustoleum primer:
I sprayed it upside down first, then right-side-up, to get all the angles!
Then I followed up with a coat of Rustoleum’s Satin White spray paint. Always prime first so your finish doesn’t flake off over time. And really, that’s it, the easy way to paint baskets!
I like a little texture to my painted baskets these days, so I often use chalk paint and apply it with my large flat round Best Dang Brush to get that texture, but spray paint is the easy way!
A little extra detail
I decided to keep going and give this basket a little more detail!
I used FrogTape and my Best Dang Brush to add a stripe around the center:
The color used for the stripe is a 50/50 mix of Vintage Duck Egg blue and Cotton. I gave it one good coat and removed the tape right after painting.
Then I used this stencil, Hurricane Gray, and a small brush to add the “No 2″…
I really just used the stencil as a guide and then went back with a small brush and touched everything up to make the lines more crisp.
And here’s how this basket looks with a little extra love:
It’s perfect for holding a few spare rolls of TP!
I was channeling a wooden buoy when I was dreaming up what I wanted to do with this basket, so I knew I wanted to add some sort of stripe and numbers.
Heh heh…No 2…on a basket holding toilet paper.
I gave the surface a quick sanding with 220 grit sandpaper as well. I left it unsealed.
Ok now let me show you what I really did first:
I tried vertical stripes, but it just wasn’t working with the weave of the basket. That’s when I decided to add just one horizontal stripe around the rest of it!
Much better! Those vertical stripes are still at the back. See? If you don’t like how it’s going, change directions. I do it ALL the time! 🙂
This is in our downstairs guest bathroom. You can see the makeover of this space HERE if you missed it!
Remember that shelf? It was the top to a wooden rocker I pulled out of our old neighbor’s garbage.
See that makeover HERE. It was a true Trash-to-Treasure project!
Ya’ll never thought I would use our toilet for staging, did you? 😀
And to think I was going to let this basket go for a dollar??
If you liked this makeover, here’s four more basket makeovers you might enjoy:
See what I did with them HERE!
I’ll be back on Thursday with this thrift store treasure:
See y’all then!
Update: See the makeover of this cabinet HERE now!
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Mary Kaiser says
I remember when you did this one! It made me laugh all over again seeing it for the 2nd time. I thought it was funny putting No 2 on a basket that holds toilet paper! LOL! Not only are you creative, but so funny too!!
Ha ha thank you, Mary! Glad it got another chuckle…couldn’t pass up some subtle potty humor!! XOXO
Michele M. says
Just exactly what I was thinking. I cannot stop laughing – it’s a classic. Hahahahaha.
Ha ha!! I was chuckling the whole time I was setting it up! XOXO
Really had me loling. Love it
Ha ha thank you, Heather! XOXO
Robin Stephens says
Hahahaha…. So subtle…and so “stinkin’” cute! No. 2. I think you’re on to a hot item to routinely add to your shop!
Ha ha! Thank you, Robin!! XOXO
You’re the best at what you do of all the others….how about putting more of the cute kitty in your posts….she’s special.
Aww thank you, Dandra! She is always nearby…I’ll try to share her soon! XOXO
Thank you, Cyndi! XOXO
Very cool makeover! Are you doing anything different with your back and front yards? I always love seeing alllll your work.
Aww thank you, Christina! I’m not really doing anything different this year, but everything has really grown, so I plan to share it soon! XOXO
Barbara Mitchell says
Kinda made me chuckle when you used “No. 2” on a basket with toilet paper!
Ha ha right?? I was chuckling to myself as I was setting it all up. I’m sure my family thought I was crazy in there laughing to myself! XOXO
Sharon L Austin says
#2, LOL!! So funny-I was laughing about that before you even mentioned it so I’m glad it was deliberate. 😉
Ha ha yes! Gotta love some subtle potty humor! XOXO
I figured with #2 this is the way you were going……or at least I hoped. Your bathroom is similar to mine. I have white board and batten about 2/3 up the wall and I believe the color is Caribbean breeze by Benjamin Moore.
Yes…had to have a little fun with this one! And funny…we must have the same taste in decor! XOXO
Charlene Godby says
What an inspiration you are! I love this basket and the No.2 for toilet paper is perfect!!! My husband thinks I should quit following your blogs because I’m always wanting to redo something in the house! LOL But I’ll never stop!
Oh You are the sweetest, Charlene!! Thank you!! Don’t ever stop!! 😀 XOXO
Fran Blunt says
I love your ‘merchandising’ of the basket! So cool! Love the colors and design!
Thank you, Fran!! XOXO
Too cute! I love baskets too! I’ve got to ask though, did that white medallion at your yard sale, sell quickly? I would have snatched it up myself had I been there. Maybe in a future blog, you can share your tips on finding great yard sales… like how to find them! Lol
Thank you, Sandra! That was a mirror, and it did sell early! In our area, we have a ton of neighborhoods, so if I want to go yard saling, I just head out at 8:00 am and start looking for signs. It probably depends on where you live though. XOXO
Aaaaah yes! The early bird gets the worm! Thanks so much, Christy. I love seeing all your diy!
Sure thing! Thank you!! XOXO
Love you basket makeovers! They are my favorite!!
Thank you so much, Catherine! I love baskets!! XOXO
You always do such a good job of transforming things. I love seeing your posts.
Aww thank you so much, Val! XOXO
Love the “potty” humor and all of your makeovers. I’ve learned a lot from you and I draw great inspiration from you! Keep ‘em coming!
Thank you so much, Cathy! I appreciate that!! XOXO
Constance Colvin says
Cute as per usual Christy! I’m always obsessing about fast time is moving and can hardly BELIEVE that it’s been almost five years since you moved! Not possible!!!
Thank you, Connie!! I know!! I can hardly believe it myself!! XOXO
Michelle Bagby says
So ‘Frenchy’ way to store (the always needed) le toilet parchment!
Beautiful and useful….you know those are my 2 favs…right next to cheap!
Well done mademoiselle!
Merci, Michelle! Beautiful, useful, and cheap…yep…those are my faves too lol! XOXO
A #2 for poo paper! ROFL! You are too funny!
Ha ha! Had to have a little fun with it! XOXO
Haha, I caught the no.2 and toilet paper hint. Too funny. Hopefully nobody turns it around and sees the vertical stripes. They’ll be scratching their heads. Lol.
Ha ha! A bit of fun, and yeah…those vertical stripes weren’t working out at all! XOXO
Gail Cooley says
Hi Christy. I love your before and after projects. I’m wondering if you save any of your finished projects??? I’m looking for just the right touches for my new house. I usually do most of my own projects but health isn’t allowing that at this time ;/ can you please send me a link to purchase if you are selling. Thanks a bunch😃
Hi Gail! Thank you! For now I just sell my pieces in a local antique mall here in Virginia Beach. My online Etsy shop sells all the materials for your own makeovers which you can find here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSerialDIYer So sorry about that! XOXO