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Painted Basket

Give an ordinary woven basket a facelift with paint. It's an easy project that lets you organize craft supplies or other odds and ends in style.

Painted basket

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • 1-1/2-in angle sash paintbrush


  • Basket (#337505)
  • Painter's tape, 2-in, #53140

Valspar Signature paint:

  • Churchill Hotel Vanilla (spray paint)
  • Monterey Bay Teal, #5004-10C
  • Exotic Sea, #5004-10B
  • Rapids, #5004-10A

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Half-and-Half Painted Basket

Step 1

Mask the upper half of the basket with two layers of 2"-wide painter's tape. Continue wrapping the tape around the basket until the entire top half is covered.

Step 2

Spray-paint the bottom half of the basket on all sides. (we used Churchill Hotel Vanilla)

Step 3

Let dry completely. Spray-paint a second time and let dry. Remove the tape.

Ombré Painted Basket

Step 1

Blue ombré baskets on a shelf

Choose three shades of paint. Apply the darkest color (we used Monterey Bay Teal) to the bottom braid and the bottom edge on all four sides of the basket with an angled paint brush. Let dry.

Step 2

On the braid above the bottom one, paint the medium color (we used Exotic Sea) on all four sides and let dry.

Step 3

On the third-highest braid, paint the lightest color (we used Rapids) on all four sides and let dry.

Good to Know

If painting multiple baskets, paint the darkest color on each basket before moving on the second-darkest color. Next, paint the medium color on the baskets before moving on to the lightest color. Allow the baskets to dry completely between colors.