$4 Winter Basket Makeover (pillow holder, cozy throw keeper or gift idea!)

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Sometimes all you need is a little paint for a project. This $4 thrifty find got two coats of paint and a brand new life as a winter basket to store winter goodies and more!

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

Let’s get this new year started with the very first Trash To Treasure Transformation of the year! I really wanted to get a furniture piece done but it came down to time and I just really did not want to rush the piece I had in mind. I will try to share that one later this month.

Instead, I’m sharing a super simple little makeover for a $4 basket I picked up at the thrift store a week or so ago.

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

It was a really nice, thick, well-made basket so I certainly couldn’t pass it up for $4!

If you follow along with me on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen this basket as I took y’all shopping with me that day. :) Be sure to follow along as I share lots of snippets of the day to day happenings over there in my stories.

I’ll share what I did with this basket below. But first, if you are new around here, a few friends and I get together on the second Tuesday of every month to share our thrifty finds or “trash” we’ve turned into treasures. So be sure to scroll all the way down to see what kind of treasures my friends are sharing this month too.

Winter Basket Makeover Ideas

Since we are in the midst of winter ( I think?? It was in the 70’s this past weekend) and because I’m sharing all things winter right now, I thought I’d turn this basket into a “winter basket”. (If you missed my “How To Transition From Christmas To Winter Decor” and winter home tour post, you can see it, here)
You know, a basket for filling up with “wintery” stuff.
But then I thought, hmm, you could do other things with it too. So I’m sharing a few different things you can do with it as well.

I began by spraying it with a blue/green spray paint I had in the garage as a “backdrop” color. (I guess I forgot to take a picture of that step)
Then I sprayed it with white over top not covering 100% to let some of the blue show through.

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

Hard to tell in the photo but hopefully you can see some of the blue underneath here…

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

I also taped up the little chalkboard piece beforehand so it would stay black.

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

That’s it!! Done.

Can’t get any simpler than that now, can it?? ;)

Next, I created a few little sayings to put on the chalkboard piece on my computer.
I cut them out with my Silhouette Cameo (that thing makes my life SO easy!)

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

And instead of using the vinyl letters it creates, I pulled them out and used the cutout as a stencil.

Then I rubbed white chalk over the cutout (and simply rubbed over that with my finger to smooth and cover well).

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

Looks like a mess until you pull off the vinyl…

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

Winter stuff. 

You know, blankets, pillows and such.

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

Cute little basket to hold things like this.

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

How about “winter essentials” for a gift basket, etc?

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

For things like blankets, pillows, tea towels, coffee mug, hot cocoa, tea, biscotti, etc.
Maybe even mittens, ear muffs, scarves and more.

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

Or how about a basket for dog toys?

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

Ryder’s toys to be exact. :)

You might notice that almost every single one of those poor toys is missing their little ears. haha!

Bunny below is only missing one…so far. lol The gray bunny to his right has both ears but is missing 2 of his legs at the moment.

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

Poor lil bunnies, lol.

He clearly enjoys his toys. :)

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

Lots of things you can do with this basket. These are just a few simple ideas.

What would you use it for?

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$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

But wait! Don’t go yet. :)

Lots more to see below… (click the links below the photo to visit each one and see the “after” details)

$4 thrift store basket becomes the perfect winter basket for storing winter goodies! Also great for a gift basket with winter essentials! Paint is all you need! artsychicksrule.com #winterbasket #basketmakeover #thriftstorebasket #winterstuff

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I’m sad to have to say that Lauren from Bless’er House has decided to take a step back and is leaving the group for now. Hopefully, she will be able to come back in the future. We will miss her!

And I’ll see you guys right back here on Thursday with the “Winter Wonderland” sign (and the other free printable I created for winter that I framed in this post). Be sure to check back then for both of them.

Have a great week, friends!!

xoxo

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23 Comments

    1. Thanks, Lesley!! Yes, you do!! And so do I!! I need some small items to makeover in between these furniture pieces in the storage unit that I AM going to tackle!! ;) xo

  1. So super cute now! All the toys made me laugh…Lyla has her own basket of toys and they end up all over the house daily ha ha, and I know Ryder’s do too!! Let’s put a thrifting date on the schedule! XOXO

    1. Thanks, Christy!! So funny!!! His are always strewn all over too! And that’s not all of his, lol, he’s spoiled but he loves his toys so much, how can I not??! xoxo

    1. Thanks, Jen!! Haha!! He will chew off the ears and mouth them enough to have the stuffing come out of some, but he mostly likes to hold them in his mouth like a pacifier!! lol xo

    1. Yes, so much easier, Marcie! And haha, that’s not all of them, he’s spoiled!! But he does love them so much, I can’t resist! (they are usually all about the house too, not tucked away neatly like that) lol xo

  2. Wow, so many great ideas from one simple basket. I adore the lovely relaxing stuff theme, with throws, pillows, some candies, maybe I would toss in two wine glasses and a bottle of cabernet, lol. But hands down at my house, the pup bin! My little girl needs that right now, can’t tell you how many little stuffed friends are scattered all over.

    1. Oh yes, absolutely!!! ;) And oh I do get that!! His are never tucked away this neatly all the time. They are usually all over and if he sees me putting them in his basket, he goes over and pulls them all right back out!! haha xo

  3. Love your basket! Please tell me what kind of spray paint you used. I’m new to doing some of these projects. Thank you!

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