So many new things in the New Year. This year, I’ll be participating in a Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge each month. It’s not a new challenge, so you may have seen it around the blog-world before, but it’s new for me! I’m excited to join them for 2017, beginning with a DIY Rustic Basket that I created from a second-hand steal. Over 30 bloggers are participating, so you should have plenty of inspiration for your next stop at the thrift store.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
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 Lindsay | Crazy Organized Molly | Just a Little Creativity
Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods Kimm | Reinvented Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Ali | Home Crafts by Ali Sue | A Purdy Little House Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue Chelc | Inside the Fox Den 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
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It’s hard for me to skip purchasing a perfectly good basket in a thrift shop. Even if it is not the prettiest basket, it can still be used in cabinets and closets to organize and store items. However, there’s no reason to even be limited by that, because you can make a basic basket look like something you would buy in a store.
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Supplies: DIY Rustic Basket
Instructions: DIY Rustic Basket
Begin by applying stain to the basket with a foam brush. The stain will apply to the basket easily since it is watery and not thick. I started with the bottom of the basket to check the color and get a feel for how much to apply at once.
Not all of the basket material took the stain the same, as you can see in the next image. The top half of the basket resulted in a darker stain than the bottom half. Even with the variation in color, I really liked how it looked. It’s not that clear in the photos, but the color of the basket felt rich and warm compared to the original.
While the stain is wet, use a paper towel to wipe off excess, similar to how you would stain wood. Let the stain dry before moving onto the next step.
Once dry, prepare a whitewash. I used Valspar Chalky Finish Paint in Kid Gloves mixed with a little bit of water. If you don’t mix in water, it will be difficult to get even coverage of the paint. There are too many nooks and crevices in the basket weave to apply a thick paint evenly. By mixing in water, it applies easily, similar to the stain.
Of course, the whitewash will be semi-transparent and not full coverage. For a rustic, farmhouse style, that was my goal. I wanted the warmth of the stain to show through a light coat of white paint.
To make the basket feel a bit more custom, I added an enamel tag with twine. It’s a simple detail that really adds to the farmhouse style. I tucked in a faux plant from Ikea to make the basket look like a planter, but it could also hold utensils, art supplies, etc.
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!