The Dipped Basket

white paint dipped basket water hyacinth color blocked
Have you been drooling over the various dipped objects that have been floating across your computer screens? I know I have. It’s taken me at least a year to get around to dipping anything; not that I don’t have anything that could use a little personality I just haven’t made the time for it. After visiting Daniela’s site: I Put a Bird on It and read this post by Learning, Creating, Living, and I finally pulled out my paint and got to work on a basket.

We have a massive safe, a massive safe in our tiny house, safes are ugly. Wait, wait, wait safes aren’t ugly they just don’t fit in with a decorated space, but even still I refuse to do anything to it not only out of respect for the safe but for hubs too. Hubby is not properly represented in the house, I don’t know that he cares however, I do…at least enough to leave the safe alone. Hehe That being said it doesn’t mean I can’t set something on top of it: enter baskets. I got some great baskets at Michael’s months ago in a natural color, I like the natural color; almost all of the wood and all of the baskets in our home are in a light natural shade, it was starting to look monotone and overlooked. The storage basket sat up on top of the safe for a while and I stared at it with irritation. Finally, I knew it would be my first paint dipped victim!

white paint dipped basket water hyacinth color blocked
white paint dipped basket water hyacinth color blocked
You see while pretty and complimentary of the safe, the basket is boring it doesn’t yell: “hello Love I’m here”, it slinks off and hides in the shadows.

And now it’s quite ready to fully take on the safe.

white paint dipped basket water hyacinth color blocked
white paint dipped basket water hyacinth color blocked
white paint dipped basket water hyacinth color blocked
white paint dipped basket water hyacinth color blocked
Adding a touch of you to the things you own, takes your home from “decor in a box” to something special that no one else can accomplish except you. I mean, you put your heart into it after all.

Since the basket material was fairly porous I just used an acrylic craft paint: craft acrylics can be purchased for around 67 cents. It took the entire bottle and you could do another coat so you might like to get a few bottles depending on the size of your project. You might be saying that you’re not creative enough; if you can spot a photo that you like, that’s all you need to be able to do something like this and more. If you’re digging the paint dipped look, don’t waffle about like I did just get on it and get to painting!

Be sure and join me on Monday as I will be co-hosting my first link party with Jess from Plucky’s Second Thought; link up with us or join in the fun by checking out everyone’s fantastic ideas or just say hi! I look forward to seeing what everyone has been up to! Until Monday my dears!

white paint dipped basket water hyacinth color blocked


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  1. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods says:

    Don’t you just love simple, easy projects that look great like this dipped basket? Awesome photographs, too!

    My husband is so under represented in this house. He has a “Man Room” back porch that he has banned me from decorating but I swear one day he is going to come home to something else decorating the walls other than a TV!

  2. Marti says:

    Love it !! It adds character to that boring basket it does yell out at you now – like she’s saying hey I have style now.
    Have a great weekend

  3. Chelsea says:

    So cute! I’ve seen several dipped baskets at TJ Maxx and Home Goods. Love this one! Baskets are really so versatile. I stained a couple a few months back and they turned out great!

  4. Poppy says:

    Hi Heather,

    What a gorgeous basket! The two tone effect is brilliant and adds just the right amount of drama! Amazing photos; thanks so much for sharing!

    Happy 1st of March!!


  5. Val @ Love My DIY Home says:

    I had a pile of baskets and thought of them as a nuisance (not knowing what to do with them) until I started using spray paint. Now all of a sudden I’m thinking up all sorts of ways to change their look and have been nick named the Spray Paint Queen. This is another future I’m adding – thanks!

  6. Cathy says:

    Thanks for sharing at the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! Pinning to the party board and can’t wait to see what happiness posts you share next week! Have a terrific week!

  7. Kyleigh @ Petite Chouette says:

    I love the look of dipped items. If I could do it for everything I would! (This probably has something to do with my ombre obsession). That basket is to die for though! It’s so cute, I on’t think I’ve ever seen something like that in Michaels around here. Or maybe I’m just looking in the wrong spot. Guess this calls for another trip to the craft store!

  8. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures says:

    I am loving the white dipped look and have a basket I bought from Target a couple years ago that I was thinking of doing this to. Yours turned out fantastic and I love the contrast! I’d love it if you shared this at The Makers Link Party going on at my blog right now. Hope to see you there!

    • Heather says:

      You find a stopping point for your paint and you just tape it off giving it a dipped look. Thank you for stopping by, checking out your blog right now!

  9. Deborah says:

    Your basket has so much character now! I did paint dip once, but I can’t remember what it was or what I did with it…maybe I imagined it lol! I love yours. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

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