Introduction – Five Minute Farmhouse DIY Tutorial
Today I’m going to show you how I transformed three different styles of wicker baskets, two were bargain thrift store finds, and the other was gifted to me in my daughters ‘Baby Sprinkle’ just after she was born, full of beautiful gifts! You can transform one in less than five minutes with this technique.
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The Method – Five Minute DIY Tutorial
This method is so easy and efficient – anyone can do it, yes really, YOU can do this! No need to be good with a paintbrush, because you won’t be using one. Nor will you need to worry about primers or top coats or any of that.
What you will need…
- Wicker Basket
- Pair of Rubber Gloves (the kind you use in the kitchen to wash up – don’t re-use in the kitchen!!)
- Old Cardboard box folded out flat (to work on and test paint)
- Dust Mask
- Spray Paint – Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2x Satin in Blossom White
Check for any dust on (and inside) your wicker basket. Give it a quick wipe over with a damp cloth if need be and let dry.
If you haven’t used a can of spray paint before, from now on you will want to use one for everything, just saying!
Initially you will need to shake the life out the can until you can hear the little ball move freely inside. I warn you, this is the most boring bit, but has to be done. You will need to shake the can a little from time to time during the process also.
Put your gloves and mask on. Take the lid off the can and place your basket upside down on the cardboard. You don’t actually need to spray the base of your basket, unless you want to of course (just remember that you will need to turn your basket over so), but starting upside down means you’ll be able to get into the nooks and areas you wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
(Test spray your paint a little on the cardboard first to check it’s spraying out smoothly)
Start by spraying in short light strokes working around the bottom edges and gradually move your way up and around the basket.
Once you have covered what you can see, carefully turn your basket over. You may need to touch an area that has already been sprayed, just be careful to do this in an area that won’t be noticeable when finished.
Continue the process with the basket up the right way. You will now see why I told you to start upside down! You can spray any areas that were hidden before and are now visible. Spray inside and around the handles trying to cover from all angles. Notice the areas that got missed here before I took this picture!
If you want a more whitewashed look to the wicker basket, I suggest being very light handed with the spray paint, much like my large basket in the picture below (this is the one from my baby sprinkle and now holds my yarn and knitting projects).
Here it is finished taking pride of place on my dining table. Notice how I knocked an area on the handle. I don’t let imperfections bother me with projects like this but if this is something that would bother you, then you may want to be a little more careful than I was when moving yours!
If you want a more solid white finish then you will need to go back over many areas until you’re happy with the finish. Do this as you go, not as a separate second coat, otherwise you will likely have to wait an hour before you can do the second coat and lets not forget how quick this project is meant to be!
This is the worst bit for me – letting the paint dry. I left my baskets outside overnight on the cardboard and left to dry for around 24 hours before I touched them, to let them dry fully. They did feel a little bit tacky to the touch at first, but only slightly. You could leave yours for longer if you wish to, I was just impatient!
I did notice a bit of a paint smell when I first brought mine inside, but not for long. Like I said, you can leave yours out to dry for longer if you wish.
Review and Summary
Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2x Spray Paint
I have used Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2x Spray Paint (Blossom White) on many items over the years including refinishing my wooden bed frame, metal trolleys, these thrift wicker baskets and craft letters. I have to say, I absolutely LOVE it. This is not a sponsored post in anyway. I just use and love this product, and recommend it for many projects!
It has a built in primer, and the coverage is amazing! I have also never used a top coat over it, with no issues. The product states it can be used on many surfaces including wood, metal, plastic and wicker.
I used the satin finish on these baskets but have also used the gloss finish in the past on metal. I like both equally, but for different projects, however I usually choose the satin finish for most projects.
It can work out a little expensive for larger DIY projects as you may need a few cans for full coverage, such as a bed frame or other furniture, but I do love the finish you get. It’s so smooth compared with using a pot of paint and brush!
I’m very happy with how my wicker baskets turned out. My large ‘baby sprinkle’ basket sits on my dining table (when we’re not eating).
The small basket and the storage style basket + lid, I gave a much heavier coat and are much more opaque. I wanted these two to be nice and white.
I really like how all three of them look now! Much more pleasing to my white loving home heart.
I would love to see your projects finished using this product if you’ve followed along here! Please feel free to share your finished thrift store wicker baskets over on Instagram using the hashtag #notafarmhousediy, and of course follow me there! Did it take you less than five minutes?
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