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How To Spray Paint Wicker Baskets

Spray Paint Wicker Baskets

As I continue to work on my closet, one of the ways I plan to decorate is to use baskets for storage.  We finally decided on the additional color for our bedroom and bathroom, a rose/mauve color. E wasn’t too excited about the yellow I originally came up with so I will use the rose as an accent color for my closet.

I found this amazing basket at Michael’s unexpectedly during a sale and I just couldn’t leave it there, now could I?  See, isn’t it fabulous?  

Spray paint a basket

I’ve decided to use this as my dirty clothes hamper.  It works out great because it hides the clothes.  I don’t like for dirty clothes to be out in the open.  

Spray paint a basket

The natural wicker of the basket is nice, but I originally decided to paint the basket a darker gray in contrast to the very light gray walls.  I’m going to use 4 baskets; this one and 3 smaller ones.  This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosures here.

How to spray paint wicker baskets


  • Working gloves
  • Paint sanding valved respirator
  • Large trash bags
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Spray paint (for my baskets, I used Rust-oleum American Accents 2X Ultra Cover)

I tested the gray on the smaller baskets and wasn’t too pleased; it was too much gray so back to the store I went and found a rose color!

Spray paint basket




Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make a change to anything; rooms, walls, baskets, chairs, and furniture.

  1. Make sure you paint in a well-ventilated area.  When spray painting, I always make sure I’m outside.
  2. Wear a mask so you are not directly inhaling paint fumes and wear gloves to protect your hands from the paint and sanding.
  3. Unlike painting with a brush, spray paint does just that; spray, everywhere.  When you are painting, know the paint will not only be on the basket but also on the ground or whatever surface you ae using as a base to paint.  I grab large trash bags and cut the bottoms of them off and then cut one side of the bags to lay on the ground.  In case it may be windy, find something to hold the trash bags in place so if the wind picks up, the bags won’t fly away or fly onto the wet baskets.
  4. Wicker is rather smooth so to help the paint adhere better, I sand them down with fine sandpaper (which is a grit between 120-220 grit) very lightly.
  5. Grab your can of paint, shake well and paint the basket evenly.  Don’t get too close to the basket so you don’t have clumps of paint and to help prevent unevenness. Depending on the paint, color, and how dark or light you want your baskets, you may need 2-3 coats of paint.
  6. Let the baskets fully dry before adding a new coat.  How fast each coat dries depends on the paint you’re using.  
  7. Once done, leave your baskets outside overnight to make sure they’re thoroughly dry. 
  8. Voilá!  You’ve got new snazzy baskets.

Spray Painted Baskets


Don’t you just love how quickly paint can completely change the look of something?

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4 Comments… add one
  • Sara 04/07/2017, 7:31 PM

    Those are beautiful! I LOVE the color you ended up using. Thanks for the tutorial:) Also, I love the pictures at the top of your blog…you look so happy and it’s contagious. #HomeMattersParty

  • Nicole 04/08/2017, 12:35 PM

    The rose color looks so pretty on these baskets. I LOVE the lidded basket you found at Michaels, too. Spray painted wicker baskets is a fabulous idea. #HomeMattersParty

  • Donna @ Modern on Monticello 04/09/2017, 5:57 PM

    Yes I do love how paint can transform anything and make it better or just add your own personal touch. Great project and I hope you enjoy your organized closet. Thanks for sharing. #HomeMattersParty

  • Michelle 04/11/2017, 10:37 AM

    I say it all the time but it really is true-the power of paint is amazing! These look so great! #homemattersparty

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