Thrift Store Basket Update

Hello to the sweetest readers ever! Thanks so much for all the wonderful feedback on the doll clothes I made for my niece that I shared on Tuesday! I had THE best time making them.

Today I’m sharing a quick update of this giant thrift store basket I scored recently:


It’s hard to see how large it is in that photo, but this thing is a good size and a bargain at $10. I knew it could be perfect for so many uses, but was a bit plain in its current state.

A little spray paint to the rescue!

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Seeing it beside my sectional shows how large it really is. I’m using it to store blankets, but it would also be perfect to sit on the fireplace to hold firewood, or to sit near the door to collect shoes.

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Updating this was quick and easy!

I started by using my shop vac to vacuum away any dust, then I gave it a couple of coats of Rustoleum Primer:

Rustoleum primer in white is perfect for painting baskets.

For baskets I like a matte sheen, so I only use primer. If you like a sheen, follow up with white spray paint in a satin finish, but always prime first so the paint doesn’t flake off. I used one can of primer for this basket.

Next I used FrogTape for delicate surfaces to tape off my stripes:

FrogTape for delicate surfaces is perfect for taping off stripes on any surface, including baskets!

Then I painted with Rustoleum in Fossil that I had left over from another project:

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I thought this color combo would give the basket a coastal feel. I pulled the tape off immediately.

And voila:

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Perfect stripes! I also took a little sandpaper to the surface to add some wear, but it’s not easy to see…

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I love how the paint updated this basket.

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Giant thrift store basket updated with spray paint from


Giant thrift store basket updated with spray paint from


Giant thrift store basket updated with spray paint from

If you liked this post, you might enjoy this oldie too:


Check out what I did with this sad thrift store find HERE.

I’ll see ya’ll on Tuesday with this $3 magazine rack that turned out so pretty!


Have a great weekend, Friends!!

UPDATE: Check out how this magazine rack looks like now HERE!



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  1. Beautiful. I collect baskets, but they usually end up with cats sleeping in them.

    • Thanks, Cindy! That’s funny. Mine just turned 20 and I don’t think she can get up over the sides of this one, but I bet she would love it if she could!

  2. I love the update, looks much better!

  3. Wow! The basket is stunning ♥

  4. Tina Matteson says

    That turned out great. Till you showed the basket next to your couch it was hard to understand how large it is! Holding blankets is a great idea.

    • Thanks, Tina! It is really big, and perfect to stash all the throws we leaving laying around! XOXO

  5. What a fantastic basket!!! You really finished this one off, perfect colors! I hadn’t thought of stripes when painting a basket, duh! I now have a bad case of basket envy here! : )

  6. You have given me ideas!! Thanks.

  7. What a great update! I have a large basket that collects shoes and I’m thinking it now need a little coastal infused makeover. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Christy, this basket turned out beautiful and so useful too. I have tried to paint baskets in the past and was never successful. You surely have mastered your process so I think I will try again. I love your varied posts with so many great ideas.

    • Thank you, Carole! I think spray paint is the key for baskets. And thank you for being a long-time follower…I appreciate you! 🙂

  9. That is great Christy. Your not going to believe this but I have the exact same Throw!! lol We do think a like.

  10. Gina Keysor says

    Great basket, they are very functional now you’ve made it extra pretty to display. You have a 20 year old cat?! WOW, both mine were 16 but are sadly gone now. That was a great price on a basket that large, couldn’t even find that at TJMaxx. Looks good in your house, you keeping it??

    • Thanks, Gina! Yes my cat is 20!! She outlasted my first marriage and is still hanging in there seven years into this one lol! She is deaf and has diabetes (gets insulin), but she still looks like a young cat with a pretty coat of fur. I was planning to sell this basket actually, until I liked how it looks next to my sofa ha ha…we shall see! 🙂

  11. Mary Kaiser says


  12. What a wonderful idea that I may have to copy for my non-Longaberger baskets. Beautiful.

  13. No matter how long I look at a item I know I will never have the vision you do! Thank you for sharing!

    • You are funny, Colleen, and you are definitely not alone! My family and friends can’t believe the junk I bring home until they see it finished. 🙂

  14. Sherry Stuifbergen says

    Love the stripes! You have good ideas! You are a jolt of “caffeine”…wish you lived next door,,,I would come, snoop and then go home, energized!

    • Thanks, Sherry! And ha ha! I do have neighbors that stop by all the time to see what I’m up to! 🙂

  15. A tisket a tasket I love your white and tan striped basket!!!!

  16. Hi Christy. I love your basket makeover. I also just found your post on the doll clothes
    you made. They are wonderful. I have that doll pattern. I love your ideas, especially the
    use of a leather skirt for boots, vest and hat. I’ll be looking for fabrics like you used to make
    some similar clothes.Thanks for posting your ideas.

    • Thank you, Phyllisa! That pattern is fantastic. I never realized I could make doll shoes and boots until I saw that pattern! 🙂

  17. I love it Christy especially the stripes. I have lots of baskets, almost an addiction! I know you always use all the safety precautions creating your project’s. I just wanted to remind everyone to use mask’s & respirators (more than you think is necessary).
    I recently had a lung scare & want all you awesome people to stay safe. As always, another great end result & useful project! ! Best wishes to everyone! !

    • Thank you, Celia! And GREAT reminder! I never think to include that precaution. I always spray paint outside and use a hold your breath, spray, and run method lol. I hope your scare was just that and that you are well! XO

  18. The colors you used worked perfectly in your living room, Christy. Never ceases to amaze me how a can of paint can completely transform and update almost anything. Beautiful photography too btw.

    • Thanks, Marie! SO SO true! Paint is magic in a can! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! XOXO

  19. Yes, I love how this turned out. Spray paint is fast and easy!

  20. I love what you did, The color scheme and the stripes are perfect. This reminds me that I have a huge basket in the living room that is bright red (actually came with the house) that the cats love to sleep in — I need to paint to fit better with my decor.

    • Thanks, Becky! I see tons of baskets at the thrift store and when I find one that I really like the shape of, I grab it. Spray paint will bring it right up to date! 🙂

  21. I love that your sweet cat is 20! My childhood cat lived to be 18 and I thought that was old. If only dogs would live to be 20!

    This basket looks totally different post makeover and I can’t imagine that someone won’t soon buy it.

    • Yep, she’s 20! I can hardly believe she has been with me since my mid 20s! She is deaf and has diabetes (gets insulin shots), but she still looks like a young cat! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! XO

  22. Your basket is soooo pretty (as I type with my 16 year-old cat on my lap). I have a question – was it hard to spray paint the inside? Some spray cans don’t work unless they’re held in just the right position. What brand do you find you prefer?

    • Thanks, Susan! I spray painted the inside first so the can was pretty full and it did fine. I prefer Rustoleum brand! XO