Repurposed Picnic Basket Makeover

I don’t think I’ve ever done a basket makeover and if you’re anything like me you’re always looking for ways to gain extra storage. Even though I love my old built-in-1890 house like most old houses storage is one thing it severely lacks.

repurposed picnic basket makeover

So when I found this picnic basket a while ago I decided it was the perfect thing to help me with this problem, but first it needed a makeover.



repurposed picnic basket makeover

I gave the basket two coats of a chalky white spray paint.


repurposed picnic basket makeover

I also sprayed the inside and the bottom.

My craft studio doesn’t have much storage real estate left, so this basket will be in the master bedroom holding any linens that I have for sale in my etsy shop. I just found a bunch of vintage tea towels that I’ll be sharing later this week.


repurposed picnic basket makeover

I also just found another one of these baskets and spray painted it too. It took one can of the spray paint to do the two baskets inside and out. That’s not too bad.

I have some empty space above my master bedroom bifold door/dresser bookcases so I put these two baskets on top of one of them. I’m now looking for two more for the other bookcase.


repurposed picnic basket makeover

I really love how the baskets turned out. I think if I left them natural the dark would be too heavy. I like how they kind of blend in… out of the way but very functional at the same time.

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Can’t wait to find and try that paint

    1. I really liked it and they have a few other colours. I’ll probably end up trying every one.

  2. I love your little bookcase nook! Where’d you find that spray paint?

    1. Thanks Florence! I found it at my local WalMart.

  3. Kee-ute!! I have an old picnic basket that was my mom’s….my kids would shoot me if I painted it. But I just might and take my chances!! I’ve never tried chalk paint of any kind, so this would be a good time! Well, after the work in the house is done…new paint and now tile floors everywhere but the bedrooms and office! Living in a house with no furniture! Interesting, to say the least! Dona

    1. Wow Dona, it sounds like you have a lot going on there… a total house makeover. Removing furniture from a room always makes me rethink the space because then I can actually see it. I usually end up doing a lot of editing of stuff. I loved this spray chalk paint. I’ll be trying it again, and again for sure.

  4. What a nice idea! I am always looking to add and improve my storage space. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Mrs T. Around here baskets are rather inexpensive at thrift stores.

    1. Thanks Kris! I was really quite pleased with how the paint covered the dark wicker. Two coats gave really great coverage.

  5. Great job Tuula. I recently tried that same paint on a couple of projects…they both took at least 2 coats as well so I don’t think it was you!

    1. Thanks Tania. That’s good to know. I’m curious to see if I get one coat coverage on a previously painted piece.

  6. I still haven’t tried the spray chalk paint. I love how your baskets turned out. Spraying is sure a timesaver on baskets!

    1. Thanks Tina! I couldn’t even imagine trying to paint a basket with a brush. Way too much work. Spray painting is so quick.

    1. Thanks Sharon! I think you’ll love this spray paint. It’s just makes it so easy.

    1. Thanks Cecilia! Even this colour girl will admit that white makes everything right. Considering the wicker was so dark this paint did a really great job.

  7. They look great! I wouldn’t have thought the white would cover the dark so well. I have a shelf full of baskets waiting to be painted. I have not tried the chalk spray paint yet. I am a little afraid of using regular spray paint because of the dripping….maybe it is my technique!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I was a little surprised too, with how well it covered the dark wicker, and I could distress it if I wanted too but I chose not to. I’m looking forward to trying a furniture piece that I can distress afterwards. Drips are a common problem with regular spray paint. In my case it’s my impatience to get things done that causes them when I hold my can too close and apply too heavy a coat. I have to remind myself that a few light coats is better than one heavy one.

  8. Donna Wilkes says:

    Basket makeovers transform the decor of a room. Love how they fit on top of the cabinet.

    1. Thanks Donna! I totally agree, baskets looks great and add much needed storage space at the same time.

  9. Tuula, these turned out great! I’ve been using that paint since last summer. I like how it covers.

    xo Dianne