How to Paint a Picnic Basket

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Spring is in the air! And while my family does not enjoy the pollen (and allergies) it brings, I find myself thinking of DIY projects and recipes I want to make while we enjoy the outdoors. 

The idea for this DIY painted picnic basket came about while walking up and down the halls of a huge antique mall. I spotted a vintage green basket for $10 and right away knew I would make it over. This project is super easy and the supply list is short (spray paint and painter’s tape). Scroll down for the supply list and directions!

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Spray Painted Vintage Picnic Basket


Vintage Basket (check thrift stores, antique malls, or online via Etsy or Ebay)

White all in one Spray Paint

Rust-Oleum Gold Metallic Spray Paint

ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape 

Step 1:

Cover areas of basket you want to leave unpainted with painter’s tape. I covered the bottom edge, top edge, and lid. I also taped handles up for the initial coat of white spray paint. 

Step 2:

Spray basket with long straight coats of paint, starting a bit from the edge and going across. Turn basket until entire basket is covered.

Wait at least 3 hours to dry (varies based on humidity).

Step 3:

After white paint is completely dry, take fresh blue tape and before applying to basket, touch tape to shirt or pants to reduce its tackiness (this will prevent the white paint from peeling). Create the design of your choice with painter’s tape. I chose stripes, the lines of the basket make it very easy to tape off straight lines. 

Immediately after spraying the gold paint, carefully remove all painter’s tape. Let dry at least 1 hour. 

The result is fun and cheerful. There were definitely a few spots of imperfection, and it adds to the charm of a vintage basket. You could easily try this in different colors and styles. I am already thinking a  polka dot basket would be a nice companion! 

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  1. I was googling "spray painting basket" and found your tutorial. I wasn’t planning on spray painting a picnic basket but now I totally am. Your basket turned out really nice. I love vintage picnic baskets…they are something that always catch my eye at thrift stores. I have one right now that I think might make a nice Gold basket for my daughters’ room.

  2. Thank you for providing such an eye-catching and easy to understand tutorial. I have two vintage baskets that I love, but no longer match my decor. Soon, thanks to you, they will!

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