Wednesday, August 10, 2011

{a simple summer diy: dip-dyed baskets}

I had a bit of paint left over from the passed weeks renos in my home {coming soon!} and had been enamoured with these dip-dyed baskets ever since I first saw them on Marth Stewart's website:



I couldn't get this look outta my mind! It's as if when dipped in paint, these rustic baskets take on a modern look without losing their texture and charm. And what a simple DIY! I did not have enough paint to do this by 'dipping' my basket in a large bin, so instead I used a paint brush to apply the paint. I used painters tape to create the line at the level I wanted:

Puppy got distracted by a bird while trying to help :)

Then it's just a matter of slapping on that paint! I chose to use my leftover white paint {BM's Chantilly Lace} but I bet any color would look smashing. The toughest part is getting in all the cracks and crevasses, which would obviously fill more easily if dipped instead.


But all in all it turned out great for using tiny amounts of left over paint that would have gone to waste any ways! Don't you think it would be great to have this sitting outside filled with warm throws to wrap around you and your guests on those long summer nights on the patio??
If I would do this with a large bin, I wouldn't worry about taping off a precise line as the irregularities are kind of appealing {you'll get a bit even with the painter's tape!}. And if you have a lot of paint leftover after dipping your baskets, I think you could pour it back into its can to use for future projects.  It's such a fun and quick summer project, and all you really need is a basket, bin or paint brush, and some paint. Please let me know if you have tried this project! You can check out Martha Stewart's site for full dipping instructions.







18 comments:

Nothing But Bonfires said...

Oh my gosh, I saw this on Martha's website too and immediately bookmarked it! I've got SO MUCH leftover paint, mostly those little sample pots that I only use an inch or so of. And since they're all in the same color family, I think a "family" of baskets in various shades would look awesome -- sort an ombre collection! Must try ASAP.

Kathysue said...

I agree with you Nancy I have been taken in with these images also. I even saw some with blue bottoms, love that!! Yours looks great!!! Kathysue

raggygirlvintage said...

Great idea Nancy, your basket looks fab, natural and white, the best of both worlds! By the way, I loved your front door makeover, blogger comments and I were apparantly having a tiff at the time but I did get to read it! I am interested to see how the paint holds up, I repainted my door a couple years ago as it showed every mark and gets the full force of the weather, and now it's showing marks again:-( Hopefully your gloss paint avoids that, let me know!
Tracey

David Toms said...

Now his is a clever idea! And quite economical to give a basket a new look!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Clever and turned out fantastic Nancy!

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

What a great idea. Love how yours turned out!

Cherisse said...

Simple and beautiful idea! I love it!

one said...

Do you know where the baskets in the 3rd picture down came from?

one said...

Do you know where the baskets in the 3rd picture down came from?

Marcus Design said...

Hi One! The baskets are from Wisteria, here is the link: http://www.wisteria.com/searchprods.asp?searchstring=dipped

Thanks for the lovely comments all! Hugs xo

meenal@maison marigold said...

it is wonderful..i'm sure to try it myself!! xx meenal

lisaroyhandbags said...

I love this idea! Yours turned out great! I bet you could even tape off and cover the top with newspaper and spray paint the bottom if you don't have leftover paint :)

Amanda Hill said...

Oh my gosh this is the best thing I have seen all week! I need to do this now. Thanks for sharing such a great idea. XOXO

Design Elements said...

yours looks great, Nancy! I'll tray too. hugs

The Simply Inspired Home said...

Really great Beachy look Nancy! That Martha and her crew sure know how to rock things don't they?

Lisa said...

Oh I love this idea. Your's looks lovely.

I have some old baskets hanging around and it would give them a new lease on life. I also have tons of leftover paint. I think I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for posting!

Jessie said...

What a great idea! It's an easy DIY project, too! Thanks for sharing, yours turn out fabulous!


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OR DESIGN glassworks. Distinctive Custom Architectural glasswork said...

That is marvellous! Thanks for sharing the great, easy makeover! Having just returned nearly empty cans to recycle at Home Depot, this would've been a great way to reinvent some baskets! ;) Enjoy the weekend! Can't wait to see your more images of your renos! And appreciate the idea of using baskets to store a throw ;)

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