I Tried It: DIY Painted Metallic Baskets

I discovered this nifty idea via Pinterest and quickly repined it to my "Simple Projects" board. The image and concept are originally from Martha Stewart Living, but I knew immediately this was a quick and easy way to transform my stash of mismatched country-style baskets that were piling up in the basement. Above is the MS version and here's what I came up with…

Armed with a can of spray paint (I used Valspar Premium Enamel, which dries super quick and gave stellar results), leftover flat paint from my ceilings and wide painter's tape — I quickly got to work. Unless you've never painted anything, this project doesn't really need instructions. Make sure the surface is dust free, tape off what you don't want painted and head to a ventilated and protected area where you can get to work. My only word of advice would be to make sure you rub over the tape a few times to make sure it really adheres to the basket.

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For the taller basket, I thought I would try color-blocking the bottom portion using white paint and a paintbrush. If you use extra-wide painters tape or tape off a larger portion, there's no reason you couldn't use spray paint for the color-blocking as well (I just happened to have white flat paint already on hand). Obviously, you can use whatever color or color combination of paint that you want, but I really like the contrast given by leaving the handle natural. That's it, voilà, your mismatched baskets just got a simple metallic facelift!

(Images: 1. Johnny Miller for Martha Stewart Living via Pinterest; 2. Kimberly Watson)

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