Another Quick & Easy Basket Makeover

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see disclosures here.

Another quick and easy basket makeover for you. And a little two-tone action going on this time!

Another quick and easy basket makeover! Make your old baskets, cheap inexpensive baskets (or just plain baskets) look amazing and new!

Hello, my sweet friends!

I’m back today to share how I gave these inexpensive baskets a brand new look.
The great thing about being able to do this is you can find baskets you like (that are cheap!) and change them up quickly if they are not exactly what you are looking for.
Gosh, it’s hard enough sometimes to find just that thing sometimes. So when you find almost that right thing, you’ve gotta grab it up and make it so.

I recently shared a bunch of different basket makeovers all in one place, you can see them here.
This one is equally quick and easy!

I love all the ways you can change baskets up to your liking. Baskets are fun…and useful.

But before I share with you how simply I did these I thought I’d share something fun with you. :)

magazine feature -artsychicksrule - country sampler farmhouse style

I was published in the Country Sampler – Farmhouse Style magazine- Spring 2021 edition! So excited.

magazine feature artsychicksrule rule - country sampler farmhouse style

And there it is. Do you remember this project? The painted chair?
You can read all about it here on the blog >>> chalk painted chair.
I was so thrilled when they reached out to me some months back.
I’ve only been published (in print) one other time and it was a much smaller publication so it’s really fun to have my work featured in this amazing magazine.

Anyway, I thought I’d share it with you all here!

Okay, let’s talk baskets…and staining them simply…

Another Quick & Easy Basket Makeover

Here they are before…

plain baskets before staining

Pretty basic and $5 from TJ Maxx. Cheap!
They are not bad as-is but sort of plain and not the look I was going for in the new office.

They would’ve been pretty whitewashed or dry brushed will a subtle color.

But I decided to stain them using gel stain.

brushing on gel stain onto basket

I grabbed a chip brush and my Java Gel Stain and simply brushed it on like so.

Apply liberally so it soaks in all the nooks and crannies.

Then go back and wipe away the excess…

wiping excess gel stain off basket

Which leaves you with this…

showing basket after wiping away gel stain

SO much richer looking and definitely more expensive looking than what I spent.

I had originally planned to do the insides too but as the creative process goes sometimes, I decided I liked them with the contrasting light-colored interior instead.

close up of stained basket

Isn’t that fun?

I think it may have taken all of 10 minutes to do these.

basket on left stained basket on right not stained

I left them to sit overnight and had planned to seal them with a spray the next day but didn’t need to.
I would always say to seal gel stain but this soaked in and was ‘dry’. So I left them like this, no sealer.

And I just love how they turned out.

green potted faux plant on books with basket

They go much better on these bookshelves than the lighter color would’ve.

white pottery on books with basket filled with ribbon

And I love the little peek of lighter-colored basket weave inside.

gold decor with books and craft paint basket

bookshelf with books and baskets

So fun!

I love changing things up.

Sometimes I think I even love changing things up just to change things up! lol
Do you do that too?

I’m a transformation junkie. ;)

Another quick and easy basket makeover! Make your old baskets, cheap inexpensive baskets (or just plain baskets) look amazing and new!

Plus, I think it has to do with my competitive nature. I love a challenge and I think I see all of these things as a challenge of sorts.
I see you, and I see that I can make you amazing and make you look like I want you to look. And I don’t have to spend a fortune on that other one that is already the way I want it, so there! haha
Because what’s the fun in that, right?

Have you been playing around with baskets yet? There are so many ways to give them a new look.
It’s sort of addicting!

PIN it to save it!

Another quick and easy basket makeover! Make your old baskets, cheap inexpensive baskets (or just plain baskets) look amazing and new!

See you back here with this!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, friends! Wishing for sunshine and warm weather for all of you (and me-fingers crossed!) !!



  1. Congrats on the article in Country Sampler❣️ I was looking for a link to subscribe to the magazine, I love all your creative ideas and follow you every week, and will buy the magazine because you are featured 🥰

    1. Awe, really? That is the sweetest, thank you so much, Christie! And thank you for following along on this journey with me too! xoxo

  2. Wow, Nancy….that is quite the compliment to be featured in Country Sampler Farmhouse Style magazine! Congratulations, you deserve it! And those baskets look so rich and and it’s a nice warm color without being orangey. Good job!

  3. Congratulations!! I’ve been floundering a bit with decorating my shelves….too many littles!! You’ve just given me a great idea. I’ve already loved and created vignettes all the time. I’ll be looking for small square baskets for my shelves and contain my littles into a series of vignettes. Thanks so much for the idea. I love your blog and look forward to it and your beautiful photos.

    1. Yes, that’s the perfect idea, Eileen!! Have fun creating your vignettes, love it! xo (and thank you so much, I am so glad to hear that :) )

  4. Congratulations on your publication! I know you squealed with delight when they contacted you. Did you get to choose which project to feature or did they? Very exciting:) Love the baskets and need to get some for my crafty room makeover….inspired by you!! Have a great weekend at the coast!

    1. Thank you, Cecilia! Yes, I was so excited but I wasn’t even sure I would be published until later! So it was a fun surprise all over again. :) And no, they already knew what they wanted to feature when they reached out. (thank you…we got a bunch done this weekend!) xo

  5. Your office redo is sweet. I personally don’t care much for uniformity. Your shelves although lively need a little mixing up. Try putting on one shelf two baskets and one shelf books and decorative items. Or try stacking two baskets in one shelf. Mix it up yours is predictable, like a store end cap.

    1. Hi Norma Jean! Thank you! I considered several different things when I began decorating the shelves with the baskets. And I actually liked the “uniformity” here so that is the way I went with it. It may resemble an end cap but it makes me happy when I see it! :)

  6. Wow! So happy for you being featured in a magazine! Well deserved if you ask me! Congrats!
    I love your basket makeovers – I did manage to get a couple of basket together and played around with some paint – I think I will try staining some. They are so much richer looking with stain.

    Thanks for all sharing your inspirations!

    1. Thank you so much, Vicki! :) Yay…that’s awesome! And yes, try some stain. I think stain is my favorite way to make them over. :) xo

  7. I love the look of seagrass baskets and the darker color is much more appealing to me. Forgot you had painted the chair, so exciting to see your project in print!

  8. Awesome Nancy CONGRATULATION’s will be looking for the issue. Oh and after cleaning my attic out as the East Coast Is thawing from all the snow, my attic haul found be some medium to large basket’s with handles!! Going to try some painting perhaps using them for Easter basket decor filled with Spring Flower’s. Keep you posted my friend.

    1. Thank you, Kathleen! Yes, do! It’s a great one.
      Oh yay, isn’t it fun to find things you didn’t remember you had? I think that is a great idea. Have fun with them. :) xoxo

  9. Wow, congrats on the publication. How exciting for you. Keep at it because you inspire all of us and we look forward to seeing your blogs each week. The baskets are cute and definiately the darker color shows up well on the shelves. You’re so organized in that office now. What a great place to think, hang out and work. The weather is warming up and I’m sure you’re off to the condo soon to show us more makeovers. See you next week.

    1. Thank you so much for that, Kathy! And how did you know? ;) That is exactly what we did this past weekend. I made over two different pieces of furniture down there and can’t wait to share them! (I’m sharing one tomorrow) xoxo

  10. Congrats on your new publication piece. That is so awesome! I loved the makeover of the chair, but I have to go back and take another peak! Love the baskets – they look perfect on you bookshelf in your new office. Baskets are an easy re-do. I have done a few, but they never quite turn out like I thought they would! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.

    1. Thank you, Sue! Yes, it’s an oldie!
      Aw, well, keep trying, there are plenty of baskets out there! Go grab you some and play around with different finishes until you find one you like! :) xo

  11. Nancy! Congratulations on your piece in the Farmhouse Style mag! I get that publication, love it, and love that you were in it! Hope you have many more pieces displayed in it. Favorite blogger in favorite mag! We Nancy’s stick together! Also loved the baskets!

    1. Thank you, Nancy! And wow, really? I am just humbled!!! Thank you so much, yes, we sure do!! :) xoxo

  12. WOW, congrats on the publication. You have earned it! That chair came out incredible lovely.

    These baskets are beauties. I use to have tons of baskets, but grew worry of them. I did use to dry brush, but never thought about staining them. I might just bring some back, Baskets are ALL OVER the flea markets.

    I do have a question, did you stain the inside of the baskets or is that a bad idea.?

    Thanks for all you share. I am doing my first decoupage ever today. So far. So good!

    1. Thank you, Marietta! Yes, baskets are everywhere! Lots to play around with different finishes and such.
      I didn’t stain the insides of these because I liked the two tone look. BUT I usually do. So no, not a bad idea at all. And yay…that is awesome! So happy to hear that. I love decoupage. :) xoxo

  13. Hi, First of all I wanna say congrats this is very exciting. I also want to ask where at TJs did you get those baskets I’ve gone online can’t find them I’ve gone in our store can’t find them I’d love to be able to have those baskets for five dollars what a deal? I enjoy seeing your work I also love baskets and have a huge fetish of doing them unfortunately they don’t sell as well as I’d like them to or as quickly and I tend to have many of them Lol… Keep up sharing all of your work, it’s an inspiration for all of us. thanks 😊

    1. I found those several months ago at TJ Maxx. It was in their middle section where they put the seasonal stuff. They had a bunch but probably do not have them anymore, unfortunately. The last time I went I didn’t see any at ours here. I couldn’t believe the price and snatched up 6 of them! ;) I’m sorry you couldn’t find them!! xo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.