March 16, 2012

Painted Baskets

I have a love affair with baskets….as far back as I can remember I’ve used them for all sorts of storage and decorations.    They are so popular and you can find all shapes, sizes and styles.     I have tons of magazines I just can’t seem to throw out so I’m always looking for ways to store them.    When I saw some painted baskets in a Lowe’s Home Improvement catalog, I knew I had to copy them.    I bought two Allen + Roth baskets and Valspar’s Churchill Hotel Vanilla spray paint (don’t’ you just love that name?) and made these this afternoon.    I love how they turned out and I can use them anywhere in the house now that I’m using neutrals and textures.




I measured the height of my basket and it was 7” so I taped off the in the middle so I had about 3 1/2” above and below the tape.




Took them outside and sprayed away.     In just a few minutes here’s what I had….



I love how they turned out






So easy and this project cost me about $25….a little more than I would call a “thrifty” project but I’ll get so many uses out of these baskets and magazines fit inside perfectly!

Our weather here is unbelievable!    My azaleas are in full bloom which is pretty early for them even around here.      I hope to get the patio and deck cleaned up some this weekend and freshen up the patio furniture with some paint.    I would love to replace the cushions but I haven’t found anything I like yet.    Plus I want to paint the boards on the deck….never ending projects I tell ya!    We have the family for Easter each year and I need to get my flower boxes planted, add some hanging baskets and ferns.     At some point I’ve got to get out my Easter décor too.

We’re going to the lake Sunday after church to meet my sister and her hubby for lunch….can’t wait to sit outside at our favorite restaurant and enjoy this gorgeous weather!

Have a safe and productive weekend!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your baskets look amazing. Never thought of that,but yours look fabulous. Enjoy the wonderful weather. Hugs, Marty

NanaDiana said...

Judy- I love baskets, too. I love the looks of them with the paint on them...and you are right- you can use them anywhere! Happy St. Paddy's Day to you-xo Diana

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Judy, These look so upscale now! What a big difference.

I am a collector of baskets too. Many of mine could use a bit of paint.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Very pretty! I was just looking at baskets yesterday - some online catalog - where they had dipped baskets. The bottoms were dipped in white paint. Maybe PB? Can't remember :) Anyway, yours are pretty at a fraction of the cost!

Simply LKJ said...

Love the two tone look! I would have never thought to spray paint them!! Everything is blooming here too...and allergy season is in full swing.

Cheri said...

Enjoy this beautiful weather at the lake house. Your baskets look show us what you did with them.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

The baskets look wonderful....very creative - also expensive looking. Glad to know of another good paint color. Linda

Becca said...

Great idea, Martina ... love the baskets! Might have to borrow this idea. :)

Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love said...

What a great idea and they look beautiful! I think I'm gonna try this. Thanks for sharing, Judy! Enjoy your week!

Gretchen said...

Thank you for the great idea. Your baskets are a perfect solution to one of my biggest storage problems...magazines. Thank you very much for sharing.

Bird Nest Cottage

reFresh reStyle said...

They look great! I have so many baskets that need a makeover!

Our Delightful Home said...

This is such a great idea. I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via:

PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

Mrs. Delightful

Anonymous said...

Great idea ... even though your baskets had nice texture to start with, I like the way you've accented them. I have multiples of a plain box basket and you've given me some ideas, thanks! I'm Pinning this. I used spray paint also in my "it's a cinch" party post.


Ruth said...

Your baskets look great. I love the addition of the white. So easy but such a nice change. I also have a collection of magazines I can't part with and I love baskets.

the cape on the corner said...

there's something more modern about them now, that i just love!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Such a simple, easy peasy change gives them some real personality and character ...

Thanks for linking it up!



thistlewoodfarm said...

I love this. What an amazing project! I this is my favorite "cinchy" idea so far. I am pinning your baskets for future inspiration :)

Thanks for linking up to the party.


Claire said...

I was hunting on Pinterest yesterday for images of painted wicker/sea grass baskets so the timing of this is perfect!

You've taken so-so baskets and made them lovely with a bit of white paint. Great job!

- Claire @

May said...

That is a smart look. Even better that they were so easy peasy!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

This, my dear, is just awesome! I am loving the paint dipped look and you've achieved it with much less paint...and spray paint at that. :)
Thanks so much for linking up!

Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage said...

I LOVE this - been wanting to do this to two dark baskets I have. Wasn't sure the best way - but now I do! How easy - and what a fun improvement.

Pinning these!

So glad you joined our Cinch party.

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

Wonderful Idea.. The basket looks great. So will be trying this.
I am a newbie in the blog world. Come to my blog when you get a chance I would love to hear from you.

Mary Anne said...

Love those baskets Judy. I too have magazine issues and I mean that in every sense of the word!!!
Great idea to paint half the basket for interest while still leaving a bit of the natural flavor!! BYW, I was so happy to have you visit the other day!
Mary Anne ox

Angela said...

Judy, I love these! They are so simple and I would have never thought to do that!!

Karen Tuffy said...

Love the baskets, check out my blog too

Christa @ Controlling Craziness said...

Love those baskets. What a cool idea to paint them. I have used that same exact color of spray paint to paint a shelf and I love the name of it too. Now I need to go get me some of those baskets to paint. Thanks for sharing.

it konsulent said...

That is a smart look. Even better that they were so easy Peas'y!,Your baskets look great. I love the addition of the white. So easy but such a nice change.The baskets look wonderful....very creative - also expensive looking.

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