Refreshed Thrift Store Baskets
Posted By
Natalie Dixon
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Materials Needed: 
  • Baskets
  • Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra

Project Steps


Over the years, I’ve picked up quite the assortment of baskets from thrift stores and yard sales. They’re great for storage, but don’t look very cohesive in terms of colors or styles. That's the biggest problem with being a bargain shopper- it’s great to pick up things for little money, but you don’t usually get to then also choose the color of the items!

Paint comes to the rescue again to help make all your thrift store baskets look like they belong together in your house! The Super Finish Max Extra Paint Sprayer is perfect for this job, because it easily gets into all the nooks and crannies that come with a basket weave material. You don’t need to worry about trying to paint it with a brush and trying to fill in all those spots. A paint sprayer can get in all those cracks with just a few easy passes and it only takes minutes! They look like brand new baskets, and more importantly, they go with the rest of the color scheme in my house!

Step 1

Make sure to thoroughly clean your baskets. I had some obvious dirt in the bottom of one of mine, but even the other baskets all had hairs or other debris stuck between all the cracks. 

Step 2

Use the painters tape to seal off anything you do not want painted. For one of my baskets, I wanted to make sure the leather handles stayed the original color. For the other, I decided to tape off the top edge to give it some contrast.

Just make sure that you tape it off completely on all sides and underneath. The paint from the paint sprayer will hit it from various angles, so you want to make sure you have a good seal on the painters tape.

Step 3

Assemble the Finish Max Easy Paint Sprayer following the manufacturer’s instructions and fill it with your paint. Start painting in a slow and steady horizontal motion. Don’t forget to also paint the inside of the basket since that will be visible as well.

Step 4

Because of the uneven edges of a basket weave, you will need to turn your baskets upside down and paint from that angle as well. When the basket in this picture was sitting upright, it looked like it was completely covered in blue paint. But you can see that once I turned it upside down, that was not the case at all! I even tried to turn the baskets on their sides to make sure I hit them with the paint sprayer from that side as well.

Step 5

Let dry and then add an accent color if you choose! I went simple with mine and just added a contrasting stripe on two of them near the top edge. You could also do polka dots, stripes or other designs!

Second-hand baskets are always available for pennies at thrift stores! Now you can upcycle them into gorgeous storage baskets that fit with the color scheme in your house!

Easy DIY Project: Paint Thrift Store Baskets with a Finish Max HVLP Paint Sprayer

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