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How to Paint a Basket

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Here are the complete details on how to paint a plain basket to make it work in your decor. It's as simple as a can of spray paint!

Y'all we've been cleaning out our home like crazy over the last few months. We have a huge donation pile in the garage.

We've also been selling things on Facebook Marketplace. Ashlyn has been in charge of that and she has pocketed way over $1,000 the last 3 months.

I didn't want to fool with it so anything she wanted to try to sell, she could. The money was hers. Her summer job as a tennis camp counselor with Nike at Furman University was canceled. That been her summer job for a couple of years.

This made up for that missed income. 

I've still got a decent stash of thrift store purchases in the attic to work through. 

Honestly, the thrift store has been the last place that I've wanted to frequent with the pandemic. 

The only one that I've been in is the Restore at the beach. It's just too fabulous to miss. 

How to Paint a Basket

apple basket on a brick wall

Funny story about this basket.

My son and his girlfriend went to Hendersonville, NC to go apple picking. 

They brought home this basket filled with apples.

I rewarded them with an amazing apple crisp that weekend. It was one of those times where I had everything on hand. 


The empty basket was put in the donation pile in the garage.

I shopped the pile and pulled it out! Ha, ha!!! So it's kind of a thrift store find!

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It's just too new and plain for my liking.

plain basket with stain

I was out of my chalk spray paint and had to use my other favorite pictured below. It is amazing especially when painting ceramics and things with more of a satin finish. 

I was skeptical because I wanted to first stain the bands a darker brown. Then when I paint with chalk paint, it will easily distress to see the darker showing through. 

basket with spray paint

I was a little disappointed in myself. I thought I had some of my favorite spray chalk paint but was out. 

Paint a couple of coats of the white chalk paint.

I paint 1 coat with the basket upside down, and 1 coat right side up.

white basket

Here it is all painted. It doesn't have to be perfect. It's a rough texture that just adds to its vintage look. 

After it has dried, it's time to distress.

distressed basket

Sometimes as a DIYer, things to work as planned. It just didn't distress as I'd like for it to have. 


can of gray stain

I grabbed this can of gray stain that I adore. I used it on this TV console

I applied it just on the bands around the basket.

apple basket on a brick wallpainted basket with fall decor
painted basket with fall decor

It's perfect for fall decor!

  • mum basket
  • apple basket
  • pumpkin stand

I applied the stain with a small foam brush then wiped with down with a white cloth after a few minutes.

painted apple basket with fall decor
These faux topiaries are amazing!
painted basket with fall decor

It's fun turned upside down as a pumpkin riser. I love it with my blue and white garden stool. 

painted basket with fall decor

I'm very please with how it turned out. It went from too new and plain-looking to a vintage beauty. 

Here are your printable instructions. 

graphic collage for fall basket makeover

Printable Instructions and Supplies

painted basket with fall decor

How to Paint a Basket

Quicky take a plain basket from boring to vintage amazing!

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  • basket
  • drop cloth
  • spray paint
  • spray paint nozzle
  • stain
  • foam brush
  • rags


  1. Clean your basket
  2. Apply stain to bands around the basket and let sit a few minutes
  3. wipe off the excess stain
  4. let dry
  5. spray the basket upside down with one coat of chalk spray paint
  6. flip over after dry and spray right side up and allow to dry
  7. distress the areas with sandpaper that were stained.
  8. If it's not dark enough for you, go over the bands with another coat of stain following the same method
  9. allow to dry and style with your decor

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  1. Nice upcycle! When I saw the stain can, I assumed it would be brown! So wrong. I bet you’ll find a dozen uses for your “new” basket. I would have rescued it from the “donate pile”, too!

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