How to Make Paint Dipped Baskets

Each month I’m taking on a common organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I love when great organization solutions end up being affordable. It’s always a win-win.  All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling all clutter with:


Wicker baskets continue to stay in style and are such practical storage solutions. It can add an extra layer of color and texture to a room while keeping things tidy.

I wanted to update my basket with a dipped effect, but was hesitant to use the real dipping process (filling up a tub with paint and dipping the basket inside). I saw disaster written all over that. So instead I took a different approach and got the same look …..



I masked off areas of the baskets with masking tape and painted them with a small paint brush, working simultaneously between the inside and outside to avoid drips collecting between the wicker. Once I had finished painting the baskets I removed the masking tape before the paint had chance to dry to avoid the paint chipping off.

Using the painting tape, cover around the basket at the point where you want the paint to end. I tucked the tape in to the ribs of the basket a little to prevent paint dripping on to the lower parts. (Note that I painted the top half of my basket, as opposed to the bottom half)

For the first coat, I used a standard cut in tip paint brush. Starting at the top of the basket, I worked my way down with the paint.

Since we’re not painting a flat surface, the first coat is likely not going to completely cover all the basket. That’s OK!

Once the first coat dries (a couple hours), I used my small acrylic paint brush to get in to the nooks with a second coat.

As you can see the second coat really did the trick!

Once you’re satisfied with the paint coverage, slowly and carefully remove the painting tape BEFORE the paint dries. Removing painting tape over dry paint can sometimes pull the paint off as well!

I took a chance and didn’t use a protective clear top coat and haven’t had any issues with chipping yet. If you’re not as much of a dare devil as I am, I really like xxx protective coat. Just give it a quick spray in a well-ventilated area.

I used this basket in our guest room to store an extra blanket and magazines for our guests. But the uses for decorative baskets are really endless. And remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune on these if you’re willing to invest in a little DIYing!





Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

As a lover of affordable solutions of ANY kind, I’ve paired up with 19 extremely talented bloggers to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc.

Meet the Bloggers

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day    Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Jennifer | Smart Fun DIY   Lindsay | Crazy Organized    Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods     Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay    Ali | Home Crafts by Ali    Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main    Claire | Pillar Box Blue        Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty    Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

Follow along on our Pinterest board for more upcycled inspiration!

Take a look at all these bloggers’ amazing thrift store projects:



  1. candice
    January 26, 2017 / 2:41 am

    It looks so pretty!


  2. January 26, 2017 / 6:27 am

    Great idea Lindsay. I would have been scared to do a true dip on these too! How do people do that without getting paint everywhere?? I can’t even paint something small without being covered in it lol. These baskets looks great!

  3. January 26, 2017 / 7:08 am

    Hi Lindsay I love your basket, it turned out great. Painting on natural fibers can be a challenge but tucking the tape into the seams really works well. I’m happy to be in this challenge with you and get to know you and your blog. Love what I see 🙂

  4. January 26, 2017 / 10:55 am

    I totally do that too. It’s such a great look.

  5. January 26, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    This paint dipped basket is just beautiful! Great update!!

  6. January 26, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    I honestly thought you purchased these from, like, Anthropologie or something! You did such a great job!

  7. January 26, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    I love baskets and all the ways they can be used. Love this idea of painting them.

  8. January 27, 2017 / 6:37 am

    I so need to do this to my laundry room baskets. They so need an update! Great job girlie!

  9. January 27, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    I love the look your paint dipped basket and prefer doing it your way. I know what would happen if I would try the other way. You really updated the basket, it has such nice detail.

  10. January 27, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    I love how your paint dipped basket turned out. The basket looks really updated and has nice detail.

  11. January 27, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    I haven’t tried this yet, but I always like the paint dipped look! Need to add it to my project list 🙂

  12. January 28, 2017 / 5:45 am

    This is so cute! I love this upcycle.

  13. January 28, 2017 / 6:31 am

    Oh I’ve always wanted to do this! The white paint looks so good on the top of the baskets. What did you use to seal the paint? I don’t think you mentioned it in the post.

    Thanks so much for the DIY inspiration!

    {BIG hugs}
    ~ Ashley

  14. January 28, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    I have a passion for wicker baskets and especially for two-toned ones. Yours looks beautiful with those handles, great upcycle!

  15. January 30, 2017 / 11:21 am

    I love that basket! It turned out so cute and fresh!!

  16. Megan
    February 1, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Such a cute idea, makes the basket look like a high end buy!

  17. February 4, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    The paint at the top really makes the basket look special. Makes me want to go around and paint all my basket now…lol.

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