How to paint baskets {hate it then paint it!}

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A few weeks ago Wayfair asked me if I would like to participate in their “9 ideas for updating your decor with paint” feature. Well of course! I picked out a set of storage baskets that were incredibly durable and gorgeous on their own but I felt like they needed a little color for my space, so I decided to dip them in paint. I didn’t exactly “dip” them, I painted them with a brush adding a colorful bronze/gold hue to the top and bottom. Do you know how to paint a basket? It is super easy and an inexpensive way to update your decor.

how to paint baskets with acrylic paint www.fourgenerationsoneroof.comI love how they turned out!

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I used Scotch Blue painters tape to create my lines.

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I wanted to cover the black rim along the top so I ran the tape under the rim in order to create a bronze stripe across the top. I used brushed bronze acrylic paint by Martha Stewart to create the bronze colored stripes.

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I did three coats, letting each coat dry fully before applying the next across the top. The lower stripe only need two coats.

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Our foyer is looking quite springy at the moment and these painted baskets were the perfect addition. Learning how to paint stripes on a basket is a quick and easy way to update a space. Don’t be afraid to use colorful paints either, bronze just happened to be the color that coordinated nicely in our foyer. I think a bright orange or pink would be gorgeous as well! Be sure to checkout the rest of the amazing painted projects by other bloggers over at the Wayfair Idea Lounge! After looking at the painted rugs, I am inspired to try one of my own :).

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  1. I’m not a huge diy’er but I think even I could handle this πŸ™‚

  2. Jess,

    Love the painted basket. πŸ™‚ Great way to update a basket!

    You go rock star!

  3. melanie howington says:

    would that work with the thick woven stickick/straw type baskets as well? Yours were tightly woven and mine has highly visible gaps within the weave?

    1. I would use spray paint instead of brushing on paint for those πŸ™‚ The spray paint would be easier to get inside the gaps.

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