How to Transform a Thrifted Basket With Paint

September 18, 2015

painted basket

I've always loved using baskets as storage solutions. They're attractive and functional at the same time. What's not to like about that? I like it even better when I find an awesome basket for a steal and can spruce it up and put it to good use. Case in point.

Large basket from thift store


How cool is this basket? It reminds me of some baskets seen at Pottery Barn that cost an arm and a leg. But since I don't have an extra arm and leg, I scout for great baskets in thrift shops. My Goodwill came to the rescue with this one for $4.99. That's actually a lot for me to spend on a basket but it was HUGE and in perfect condition. And I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

Painted basket

I've wanted to "dip" a basket for a while now, and I thought this basket would work. But the paint I wanted to use was in a small jar and I wasn't sure I'd have enough of it to make the whole dipping thing work. So I used a brush. To paint any basket, you'll need to decide which part or parts you want to paint, and then tape it off. I used painter's tape since it comes off so easily. I will admit that it was difficult to get a straight line going all the way around a round basket, but I finally got it right. Then the painting began.

I chose to go with a glossy paint for a more modern look (I can't believe I just said that!).

DecoArt Americana Decor paints and gloss


It's the Americana Décor Maxx Gloss from DecoArt on the left, in hematite. All of the above paints and varnish were part of the fabulous swag bag we received at the Midwest DIY Blogger Roundup in Chicago last month. I gave the basket two good coats.

painted basket

I love how well it fits into my décor, and looks pretty much like it was professionally painted.
Right now it's filled with gray and blue ticking pillows.

Painted basket
 
What do you think?
  
Painted basket

Here you can see it next to a Pottery Barn basket I got with a PB gift card
 I received last Christmas. That one I use as an end table, and the lid comes off
to reveal storage inside!

Have you ever painted a basket?
Better yet, have you ever dipped any?
I'd love to hear about it!

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20 North Ora said...

Great idea. Love the way it changed it from just a basket to a really great basket. Thanks for sharing.

Judy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Nice job! Perfect for the blue and white pillows.
Enjoy the weekend.

Sherry Fram said...

Love it! Makes a plain basket into a pretty one!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a thrifty deal you got on the large basket. Love the color! You did such a good job getting a crisp and straight line.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Great idea! I have the same blue paint from the Haven swag bag. Thanks for the inspiration.
Hugs,
Sherry

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