Want a cheap decorating item for your kitchen or bathroom? Today’s Pinterest Challenge involves a simple decor idea that includes this DIY chippy paint thrifted basket!
DIY CHIPPY PAINT THRIFTED BASKET PINTEREST CHALLENGE
Today’s Pinterest Challenge is easy and fun to create!
And you’ll learn how to create a DIY chippy paint thrifted basket in less than 30 minutes!
Fun and fast? Can’t beat that!
The Pinterest Challenge is a decor and DIY blog hop that is hosted by my dear friend and blogging bestie, Cindy from County Road 407. Cindy is a wonderful and kind hostess that puts forth HUGE efforts to put this hop together each month! Thanks, Cindy!
If you are here from Sweet Pea, welcome! If you read through the post, you’ll find some special intel regarding my dear friend Paula, but be sure to check out her lovely picnic basket decor, too!
And of course, I love having all my MWA family visiting today, too! Welcome back!
Today, we have FOURTEEN bloggers who will each put their own spin on our featured blogger’s photo.
Featured Photo from Anderson and Grant
Today’s Pinterest Challenge photo comes from my sweet friend Jamie at Anderson + Grant. Jamie is currently renovating her fixer upper home that she inherited from her grandmother. Her modern farmhouse DIYs and decor are exquisite, and affordable.
Like this one…
Though a simple photo, there are several elements to glean from Jamie’s DIY:
- Of course, a chippy paint basket
- A quilted blanket inside the basket
- And a little clock on the side
Add a DIY Chippy Paint Thrifted Basket to Your Home
It’s simple to replicate this chippy basket and add it to a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, or even an outdoor living area.
Here’s the one I created for My Wee Abode.
Savers is a local thrift store here in So Cal, and it’s the first place I shop at for inexpensive items that I want to upcycle.
There were a couple of inexpensive used baskets at Savers, but I liked this one best. Figuring it would fit on top of the toilet tank as one of my new decor items in my modern coastal bathroom makeover, it was perfect for that ‘coastal look’.
However, I overestimated the size of the top of the tank. Womp, womp. So the chippy basket made a turn around the corner and became a kitchen utility basket! 😉 (Note to self: Measure twice, (heck, even once!), buy once!)
Elements of a DIY Chippy Paint Thrifted Basket
So, before I share the tutorial, let me show you the elements I ‘reinvented’ for this kitchen utility basket.
For the basket, Jamie used an old picnic basket. She removed the handle and the lid. Similarly, the basket I picked up at Savers for $4.99 had handles that I didn’t like, so I removed them!
Removing the handles ‘updated’ the look of the basket… a lot!
Then, after painting the basket and distressing it (keep scrolling for the tutorial), I added a white hand towel (as the blanket), a cookbook (great kitchen item), faux wildflowers (similar to Jamie’s) and a little candle on the side (like the clock).
How to DIY a Chippy Paint Thrifted Basket
This tutorial is so stinkin’ simple, you’ll only need about 30 minutes to complete it.
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What You’ll Need
There are only a few items you will need for this project, and you probably have most, if not all, already around the house:
- Thrifted Basket… think thrift stores, consignment stores, antique stores, or even Big Lots type stores.
- Cheap white candle… tealights work great. It only takes one, and you can use the others for more projects.
- Acrylic paint color(s) of your choice. I used a sample I had from Home Depot and used another darker shade I had on hand.
- 320 grit sandpaper
- Antiquing Wax (optional)
Here are the easy steps for creating a chippy basket:
- Take the candle and rub it across areas that would be naturally distressed with age. This is usually any ‘bumps and bulges’ that would be easily rubbed off over time. (You can see the candle wax rubbed off onto the basket.)
- Paint the basket with one coat of paint… don’t worry about getting it perfect.
- After the paint has dried, use your sandpaper and sand off the basket. The areas where the wax is located will sand off easily.
- For a little more ‘depth’ of color, you can dry brush a little darker color on the basket, and give it another quick sanding. (Not pictured)
And that’s it… I didn’t even seal it, but if you want to, you might consider using an antiquing wax in your choice of color. (A dark wax would even add more ‘depth’.)
More Behind the Elements of a Kitchen Utility Basket
Some of the items I used in the basket have some special meaning to me…
Of course, almost everyone loves Mrs. Meyers cleaning products. This bottle of Geranium scented dishwashing liquid is a favorite of mine and helps me look forward (just a little) to washing the dishes. And, the label just so happen to fit the color scheme of this little vignette!
A Special Cookbook
The cookbook was gift from my daughter-in-law. It is a special edition collection of recipes from the families in her church. She even was thoughtful enough to tag her favorites for me. Isn’t that fork graphic so pretty?
Even though the faux wildflowers aren’t especially meaningful to me, that are some of my favorites and I use them often in my decor, like in my Magnolia Market Pocket makeovers.
BUT, the lovely candle means a lot to me for several reasons.
This candle was a last-minute find in Virginia when I visited my dear friend Paula from Sweet Pea this past fall. It was a visit I will never forget.
And this candle reminds me of her and the visit every time I light it.
The other reason this candle means a lot to me is because, not only is the fragrance amazing, this Sweet Grace candle is made by Bridgewater Candle Co.
With every Bridgewater Candle Co. purchase, three meals are provided to hungry children across the world. You can read more about their mission and there amazing products on their site. (Many of their products can be found at local retail stores.)
By the way, I don’t earn any commission or compensation from this company… I just love their products and mission.
Now for a couple close-ups of the pretty basket…
I love how the gray paint toned-down the yellow basket… big time!
For $4.99, I think this DIY chippy paint thrifted basket came out pretty good!
Do you have a cheap basket in your future?
Now, be sure to head on over to my friend Rachel’s blog at The Ponds Farmhouse. She put a twist on her interpretation that I’m sure you’re going to love!
And remember to hop over to each of my friend’s blogs for LOTS of ideas on how to use a basket in your home decor! The links are below!