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How To 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.

How to spray paint baskets

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?


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


  • 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!



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.

Wicker baskets


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



  1. Sara says

    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

  2. Nicole says

    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

  3. Jen says

    So clever!!! I’m always looking for navy baskets and now I don’t need to! I’ll be grabbing the perfect paint color and doing this project too. Thank you for the inspiration!!

    • Lynn says

      You’re welcome, Jen! I had the same issue. After searching for a month, I couldn’t find this color.

  4. Claire - StartACraftBlog says

    I have a strange obsession with wicker bags and baskets. I would’ve added a layer of white to get the scandinavian look but if you live in a bright county then you might go blind :p I’m in ireland and it’s very grey.

  5. Denay says

    Oh my word! Lynn, these baskets are gorgeous. I love how you can look at something and see its greater potential. I’d never before thought of spraying wicker baskets to match the color scheme of a room. But thanks to you and your fabulous tutorial, now I know how! 🙂

  6. Lisa says

    I had thought about painting our laundry hamper wicker baskets but I wasn’t sure what kind of paint to use. Thanks for the answer Lynn!

  7. Christine says

    Lynn…I love this! The baskets look so nice! I love DIY stuff like this. Thanks for sharing! I love baskets especially for the fall season ahead!

    • Lynn says

      Thanks, Christine. I’ve been planning out what colors I spray paint baskets for the Fall around the house.

  8. Lexi says

    I love those baskets! How cute! I never would have thought to spray paint them. Now I think I need to try that to add some color to our homeschool room. That would be perfect for storing some of our supplies!

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