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.
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 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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