Staining Baskets For A New Look

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Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain!

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

Hello friends!
I know, I said I was sharing the peeling paint secret fix BUT I have a few more details that I want to share on that before I do.
Meaning, I want to get back down there and do a few more things to the doors so I can share those steps too. So I will be sharing it next week instead.

But guess what I’m sharing today instead?

The last two baskets from the haul.

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

That means all I have left of this haul are the bar stools (there are 4).
I already know what I’m doing with them so just have to get started. I am planning to share those for next month’s “trash to treasure” post with my friends.

As you know, I love making over old baskets. Often times I will paint them.
But sometimes I like staining baskets to give them a new look.

Staining Baskets For A New Look

Here are how these two started…

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

I love finding baskets with the new tag still on them like the small one above.
It never even got used.
I paid $9 total for these two baskets. That’s a steal, especially for that larger one.
Baskets can be pricey.

And here is how they look now…

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

Not drastic but definitely better!

And it only took me about 15-20 minutes to do both.

For the large one, I used Java Gel Stain

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

I simply wiped it on with an old rag. You can see below where I’ve applied it and above where I have not.

And you can see the difference between the handle which I haven’t done yet.

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

I love how it adds richness plus just overall makes it look like brand new.

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

It’s perfect as a hamper OR holding pillows and blankets in the living room.

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

I might keep it here or take it to the beach…we’ll see!

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

For the little basket, I used Antique Walnut Gel Stain

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

You can see how I just wiped it on.

With gel stain, you want to apply it liberally to get in all the nooks and crannies but then go back with a clean cloth and wipe the excess stain away.

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

Looks totally different now.

Perfect for holding my favorite things…

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

Blue Ball mason jars, dried lavender, old books, and coastal treasures.

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

I used this spray top coat because it’s what I had on hand. With a light coat, it actually is not very thick (or overly shiny) at all.

Here are a few more basket makeovers (paint, water-based stain, and more)

Have old baskets? Give them a new look with some gel stain!
It’s really simple to do.

PIN it to save it!

Staining baskets is a great way to give them a brand new look! Made simple with this type of stain! #artsychicksrule.com #gelstain #stainingbaskets

And if you missed any of the rest of this haul’s makeovers? Check them out here:

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!! I’ll see you this weekend over on Instagram, I’m sure!
And right back here next week too.

xoxo

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19 Comments

  1. Wow, Nancy, these baskets are so revitalized! Love the java gel stain on the large basket! The walnut is perfect for the smaller basket. They were both such a steal!! Beautiful job!!

    1. I just got a basket rack someone was throwing away – a little larger but about five feet tall. I tried rubbing the stain on with an old t shirt and it was not working. So I got a small one inch square brush and went to town with the Java gel stain & it came out amazing! I could not be more happy. And no drips! I have never done a basket before and I love it! Thank you.

    1. Thanks, Marcie, I think so too! Isn’t it amazing how different a little stain can make them look? And yes, you are so right! xo

  2. Wow, big difference! I’m going to have to go look at some baskets. I have the java gel stain from a previous project.

  3. What a way to fix some “basket cases”. Just had to add that little joke! They look amazing. And to think it just took a little time and some stain to get a whole new look. Love the basket makeovers. Have a great weekend.

    1. Haha!! Perfect, Kathy!! I love it. And yes, it was a pretty quick makeover. I love those kind! ;) Have a wonderful weekend too! xoxo

  4. Nancy, I love dark baskets and these are just gorgeous! How long after staining them did you wait before putting like the blankets in them? I know it takes a while for stain to dry and I’ve thought about doing this myself but with all the cracks and crevices in for instance, the large basket, I would be concerned that it would get stain on the blanket as some stain may take a very long time to dry in those inner areas.

    1. Hi Shirley!
      Yes, that does make it hard because it’s easy to get extra stain in all those crevices. My advice would be to just be as careful as you can to not apply it too thickly. Plus, once the sealer goes on, you won’t have as much to worry about. :) xo

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