Over the years, I’ve collected baskets for different uses. They’re a great way to corral things that might not necessarily have a specific home. Kind of like a junk drawer, but prettier.
But sometimes, I end up moving them around. And when they’re in a new place, they sometimes need a new look, too.
Like this basket for fruit on the kitchen island. I love the little cloth liner, but whenever I looked at the basket, it seemed too orangey next to the color of the floor. So one day when Kate and I were at Michael’s looking for some things for her craft box, I thought of the basket. I decided to get some gray craft paint and give it a makeover.
Here is the basket:
It’s just the right size for a big bag of apples, which is the kids’ favorite fruit.
It was very easy to paint. I just set it on an old towel, took out the liner, found an artists paintbrush, and painted.
To give it some dimension, I used a light tan color paint here and there, on top of the barnwood gray. And that was it!
It was so simple, and took only a few minutes to paint. Yet I think it has a much softer, pretty look now and it goes very nicely with the white plates. I set 2 silver candlestick holders next to it, since I haven’t been able to find a better home for them, and they all look happy together.
What do you think?
I liked it so much, I painted another the same way.
This natural colored basket recently has a new job holding napkins.
Here you see the bottom of it, because it was the only part I didn’t paint.
And here it is with its new look.
Now I find myself looking at other baskets around the house, wondering if I should paint them, too!
Last, but not least, I thought you might enjoy seeing how the kids like to help me when I am taking pictures of newly painted baskets.
Definitely cuter than a painted basket!