Thrift Store Basket Makeover

Hello, amazing friends! I’m back today with the final piece of my yard sale rescue pile!

I picked up this basket at the thrift store so long ago that I don’t even recall which one I found it at, or how much I paid for it:

I’m sure it wasn’t much because I’m cheap like that. I know I bought it while we were still at our last house, so that is at least two years ago!

It’s been hanging around so long that I decided I would put it out at our yard sale for a dollar just to get it out of the house…

No takers!

We donated most of what was left at the end of the day, but I decided to keep this and finally redo it. It really is a great shape and size. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.

And here’s how it looks after a little love:

Thrift store basket made over to hold TP from

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.

Thrift store basket made over to hold TP from

Heh heh…No 2…on a basket holding toilet paper.

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:

Small HomeRight spray shelter

I sprayed it upside down first, then right-side-up.

You could just spray prime and be done with it as I often do with baskets, but I decided to go ahead and spray paint over the primer for a little sheen using Rustoleum’s Satin White spray paint. Always prime first so your finish doesn’t flake off over time.

I used FrogTape and a brush to add the stripe:

Thrift store basket made over to hold TP from

The color I used is Vintage Duck Egg blue that I had mixed 50/50 with Cotton for my Summer sign I shared last week. I gave it one good coat and removed the tape right after painting.

Thrift store basket made over to hold TP from

Then I used this stencilHurricane Gray by Dixie Belle, 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.

Thrift store basket made over to hold TP from

I gave the surface a quick sanding with 220 grit sandpaper and called it a day.

Thrift store basket made over to hold TP from

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. Plus I wasn’t sure at that point how I would add numbers to it like I wanted.  That’s when I decided to add just one horizontal stripe around the rest of it!

Thrift store basket made over to hold TP from

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!

Thrift store basket made over to hold TP from

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!

Thrift store basket made over to hold TP from

Ya’ll never thought I would use our toilet for staging, did you? 😀

If you liked this makeover you might like this one too:

See what I did with it HERE

That one still holds our TP in that bathroom, but now I’m thinking I like this one better! And to think I was going to let it go for a dollar??

And that is the final piece in this group crossed off yay!

If you missed any of these makeovers, you can visit them all here:

Ornate Shelf Makeover

Yard Sale Frames Rescued

Porch Sign Makeover

Wooden Folding Chair

Painted Wooden Bowls

I have a few things gathered for my next haul, but I need a few more. I’m hoping the weather holds up so I can hit up some yard sales on Saturday!

I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I found and this table that used to belong to my Hubby’s Grandma:

UPDATE: See how fresh and Summery this table looks now HERE!

Have a great weekend!



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    I am still over here laughing over your Number 2 basket for toilet paper! You have totally transformed it into a beautiful piece! I am glad you didn’t leave it as you did the first time, I like it much better with the stripe down the center and the number 2 on it! Now I have to add another of your amazing talents to the already long list of talents, Comedian!! Thanks for the funny post today and for sharing your talents with me!!

    • I’m glad I could give you a chuckle this morning ha ha! I was giggling the whole time I was stenciling! Have a fantastic Friday and weekend! XOXO

  2. Christina in SW FL says

    Christy I look forward to your posts! This basket is my fav. No, wait.. the chair shelf is my fav.. and the bowls… okay.. I appreciate the links to other projects. 🙂 I get lost in a good way. Love the #2 on your basket.
    Have a fabulous week!!

    • Aww yay…I’m so glad you enjoy what I share, Christina! I too fall down the rabbit hole so-to-speak on my own blog lol! Thank you…enjoy your weekend! XOXO

  3. Super cute! And yes…you nailed the #2. ????????

  4. sharon austin says

    Super cute! Never thought to paint a basket. Hmmmmmmmm, I have a box full of them LOL

  5. No. 2 —that was funny! I bet it will sell now. ????

  6. Robyn Wright says

    I’m surprised you didn’t do this sooner!
    I have a question about your spray shelter, I would think it would have more paint on the inside walls. Or do you have different ones for different colors? It always surprises me by how clean they are.

    • I know, right? Grouping these items together has been so great for getting pieces out of the house! As for my shelter, not a silly question at all with an easy answer…I almost always use white, either white paint or primer when I spray paint with the occasional Robin’s egg blue in the mix…so it stays pretty clean looking. This is the second one I’ve owned though and this is the newer of the two! XOXO

  7. Good Morning. You are such a hoot! I love reading your posts!!! If we were neighbors, I could see us being best friends. Unfortunately, you live half way across the country. Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for being one of my online friends.

    • Aww I’m glad that gave you a laugh, Mikki! My neighbors aren’t into thrifting/junking/repurposing at all, so it would be nice to have someone close to me to get into trouble with lol! XOXO

  8. Now this one I need and like!!!! Handy. Nothing like getting caught walking with your pants down to the cabinet for a new roll!!!! I am doing this one!!!
    Hey, is that lady with the white out eyes…in the witness protection!!!! hahahaha
    I also got a kick out of you using tablecloths for your garage sale!!! Was this an upper crust sale? hahahah
    Have a good weekend… sad…my Warriors gave a galant try last night…but no go with 2 stars down.
    Addie-Bug xoxo

    • Yay! And ha ha…walking with your pants down…I think we’ve all been there before! You need to make one of these!! I don’t know the rules about sharing people in photos without their permission, but that did remind me of when you used to see people in magazines and they were showing you a “fashion don’t” and they did that with their eyes ha ha. We get all fancy around here…tablecloths and all! Sorry about your Warriors…they had a good run! XOXO

      • Hey….the Warriors are done yet….that was only game #3 of finals…..we are coming back strong to take this title!!!
        A devoted fan!!!!

  9. You do a lot of truly great work. Very talented.That being said, you might want to rethink putting a basket marked “No 2” on top of the toilet. Someone with a warped sense of humor might be too tempted. Wait…..did you do that because YOU have a warped sense of humor?

  10. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Christy, you have a great sense of humor. At first i didn’t get the No. 2. I love baskets. I am always picking up a good basket at the thrift store and thanks to your creative ideas i am going to start painting them. I went to Goodwill on my lunch hour today and you know what i found? A wooden Munising Dough Bowl. I thought about taking it home and after cleaning to see if the stain comes off the bottom (i think all wooden bowls have a little stain) maybe i could use a gel stain. What do you think?

    • Thank you, Cheryl! It was fun to be a bit silly with this one! I love painted baskets! And wow what a great find…I think you could probably get it looking good with just some hemp oil. XOXO

  11. Christy, This basket is so fun now, I love the whimsy the No. 2 adds!!

  12. Cheryl Macedo says

    Stinkn’ Cute !!
    Another CJ makeover that I love !
    Cheryl from Charlottesville

  13. “#2”??!!! Hahaha! You are so funny! Cute basket!

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