weathered basket diy

Paint is an easy, cheap and fantastic way to breath new life into dated items. Today I will show you how with paint I transformed these baskets into fabulous decor pieces. This is a pretty easy weathered basket DIY.

This post is from the archives, but I still love all the pieces and use them to this day.

inspiration for the weathered baskets DIY

It all started when I spied this basket out shopping.  I was drawn to the shape, which is pretty basic but it spoke to me for whatever reason, BUT I didn’t like the color & finish.  You see, at first I saw the natural unbleached wicker version, but then I looked over and saw that there was also a weathered, driftwood finish.    It HAD to come home with me.  And it did.

This basket got me thinking that I could, and should do something similar with some baskets I have at home. I’ve wanted to up-cycle and transform these baskets for awhile now.  A looong while, remember this post {decking the halls & so much more}


There’s nothing wrong with these baskets per se, but they just needed some love and updating in my eyes.

technique for the weathered baskets DIY

I used the same technique for all of the following projects.  First I painted all of them in a gray clay based paint similar to chalk paint.  It doesn’t have to be perfect since it’s wicker which in itself makes it pretty imperfect since it’s difficult to get in all the nooks and crannies, but that’s good because you want some of the wicker showing through to add depth.

When the paint is dry (I let mine sit over night), then apply a white wash finish with watered down white clay based paint.  As the white wash is applied, wipe it down with a paper towel until the desired effect is reached.   This adds a further layer of depth. You can see the before and after of the white wash above.

There is no science here.  I didn’t follow any formula or DIY instructions.  I just wanted that weathered gray driftwood look you see on so many things out there.  So I played mad scientist for a couple of days and I am happy with the results.  Paint a base of gray and then white wash it with a combination of white paint and water.  Although I used clay based paint I’m sure you can apply chalk, craft, milk and many other types of paint achieving very similar results.  It’s meant to be weathered, therefore imperfect.  Phew!  It takes some of the pressure off.

thrifted wall hanging basket

This flat wall basket was a local thrift store find for a couple dollars. I immediately loved the bones, and knew I would transform it eventually.


First I paint distressed the basket, and then I added a printed canvas transfer graphic. The French graphic is from The Graphics Fairy.


I absolutely love how it turned out and it graces our front door at the moment with some of the limelight hydrangeas from the backyard.


I am looking forward to dressing it up throughout the seasons.

old handled basket

We have had this basket for a very long time.  It had a fabric liner, which I am no longer using now that I weathered the basket.

This basket use to sit on the bottom of the coffee table in the family room with magazines, but now I moved it to the guest room.

In the guest room it sits in an old piece of furniture from my home growing up. The basket makes a nice addition.

new mini basket trio

Last but not least are a little trio of baskets.  I bought these baskets at Michael’s, knowing I had to change them to fit into the kids’ bathroom decor.

These baskets were the perfect size, but totally the wrong color.  I wanted the baskets to organize the cubbies in the kids’ bathroom. This was the perfect technique to coordinate the baskets to the bathroom.  I added the slate tags I shared here {Valentine’s Day tablescape}.

These baskets are the right size, but not the right color. I had been searching for awhile, carrying the dimensions in my purse for what seemed like forever.

I will share more of the bathroom soon, I just need to update a  couple of things first.

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This shows how sometimes you can alter things to fit your needs and desires.  I’m not saying that you want to redo everything you buy new. I certainly don’t.

It’s nice to know there’s options if need be.  Here I updated a {1} thrift find, {2} an oldie but a goodie and {3} trio of new baskets.

I am so glad to have these projects behind me. I love how they all came out, and I hope it helps you uplift some old baskets too if you have some kicking around.

“A tisket, a tasket, some weathered DIY baskets.”

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  1. Sandi magle says:

    Very nice ideas here. The thrift stores are full of abandoned baskets, so cheap—you just have to be patient in looking for the right one. And the whitewash spray or paint is a great way to update them. Thanks for the great post, Sandi

  2. Lori says:

    I love what you did with your baskets! The whitewash look is to “in” right now. Thank you for sharing and linking up at DI & DI Link Party. We enjoy having you!

  3. i know sandi. there are so many at thifts and so inexpensive. trying to figure out creative ways to put them to good uses. thanks for stopping by! xo- mj

  4. hi lori! thanks so much to you for hosting every week. i appreciate so much that you stopped by & left a sweet comment. xo- mj

  5. Sandra Garth says:

    What a lovely way to welcome guests into your home it is beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us again at Celebrate Your Story.

  6. thanks for stopping by sandra. i love joining at celebrate your story. xo- mj

  7. Dianne says:

    I like the finished baskets! You have inspired me to go dig out some and paint.
    xo Dianne

  8. thanks dianne! yes do it, you’ll be so happy. it’s such an easy way to give baskets a new life. thanks for stopping by. i love visitors! xo- mj

  9. I’m a huge proponent of painting baskets so you’re not alone. I especially love the one on your door. I picked up the exact same one at a thrift store but it’s about 20 times larger and I’m not sure what to do with it! Guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and fill it with flowers then hang it on the front door! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen

  10. Sherry says:

    Pretty look for all of the baskets! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  11. hi kathleen- i would love to see your hanging basket when you have it all done. i haven’t picked up any baskets thrifting in awhile, but now i want to get more. lol. xo- mj

  12. thanks sherry! have a wonderful week. xo- mj

  13. Kathy A says:

    I love upcycling baskets but have usually just spray painted mine. I find washing them quickly in soapy water with my bottle brush, air dried (sun!), then spraying them with a clear spray (shiney or matte, depending on the basket) helps immeasurably. Want to try a wash like yours. I make “be good to yourself” baskets with bargain lotions, candles,soaps, notepads,pens, lotions and some homemade stuff like Epsom bath salts, sachets, potpourri, sugar scrubs, etc. I thrift/yard sale for things with Santas, gingerbread men, angels, snowmen, etc. and make some for my church bazaar and friends. Amazing how much new stuff is in thrift stores. Easter grass makes great filler (when the tag is the right color!), otherwise a dish towel or fuzzy scarf works pretty well, too! I have enjoyed your posts a lot.

  14. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments. I love all your ideas. xo- mj

  15. Naush Samama says:

    I love wicker baskets !!! I love how your tagged them and weathered the look. Very cute.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.

  16. A tasket, a tiskit, MaryJo, you’ve fixed it! Love how your baskets turned out and isn’t it nice to have your kids’ bathroom organized? 🙂 Happy to feature your post at this week’s Share Your Style #317 for you. <3

    Here's to fall coming,
    Barb 🙂

  17. Really nice.effect!

    1. Thanks Michele. xo- MJ

  18. MaryJo, they turned out so great! I have a couple of baskets sitting in a closet that I need to pull out and give them a makeover. I love your front door basket! So pretty! Happy week to you!

  19. Debbie- Dabble says:

    Great job on the baskets!! They look lovely and refreshed!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

    1. Thanks so much for the visit Deb. Have a wonderful weekend. XO- MaryJo

  20. Laurie says:

    I like your made-over baskets, especially the tray.

    Glad to have read your post.

    Thanks for linking this up at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop!


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