Chalkboard Painted Baskets

Now that the basement has been officially painted from floor to ceiling, and my son has made his way safely to Dubai;  Ken and I have been trying to make some sense as to how we want to put the basement back together.  You know the dilemma.  What stays? What else needs to go? Where should this and that go?… and so on.

We did have a collection of mix matched baskets that seemed a waste to get rid of simply because they’re a tad grungy, dated and not at all alike.  So I figured, hey, that’s what paint is for, right?   



In this case I used chalkboard paint.

Chalkboard painted baskets

This project was easy and the supplies needed were few:


Chalkboard spray paint

Craft wire

Labels of your choice

Craft size bottle of chalkboard paint (optional to touch up any missed spots)


This is the group of mix-matched baskets.


I put down a drop cloth outside and started by spraying the tops first.  Let dry, then turned them over and sprayed the bottoms.

I had 7 baskets and was a little short on spray paint, so I used a bottle of craft sized chalkboard paint and a paint brush to complete the project.

Alternatively, I could have used black flat spray paint (which is probably cheaper); and then brushed on some chalkboard paint.  I could also have added a coat of paste wax for protection.

For another alternative, I could have just sprayed the baskets with black, flat spray paint and called it a day, because I’m not sure one could tell the difference, anyway.

These are just some options, but I do like the look I ended up with using the chalkboard paint.

I painted wooden tags with the paint, as well, and attached the tags with craft wire.











How cute handsome would these be in a bachelor pad,  or a vintage pink and black bedroom, or used on a party table to keep the serving supplies organized??

I did make my own wooden tags for these baskets, I must  brag confess.

I cut the wood myself  (for the first time) with the table saw… and I still have all my phalanges.  Thanks be to goodness!!

I gave these baskets a table setting/serving type of theme for the purpose of this post, but most likely these painted baskets will find their way into our basement to help us organize something, anything, everything, LOL.

Giving this one the thumbs up, literally!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Amy

See more chalkboard painted projects, here.


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11 Responses to Chalkboard Painted Baskets

  1. Cheryl in Wisconsin December 18, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    Black baskets just look classy, period. Nice!

  2. SheilaG@PlumDoodles December 18, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    The baskets look great. Table saws scare me. So glad you still have all your digits. 😉

  3. sharleen December 18, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    They look great. And I love your hand made labels too thanks for sharing xxx .

  4. chris aka monkey December 18, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    amy they look is amazing how paint can change things these look like you collected them over time…if i haven’t said it already merry Christmas to you and yours xx

  5. Danni@SiloHillFarm December 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Well those look really cute! Your basement is going to be so cool when it’s all finished….and apparently well-organized too! Way to go on cutting your own tags and keeping all your digits!

  6. Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel December 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    Those baskets look fabulous! I love the tags.

  7. Feral Turtle December 19, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    I love this idea Amy. I pinned it too. What a way to make everything look more matched and organized. Love the black color choice!

  8. Sherry December 19, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    Great job Amy! Painting them all the same color was perfect. A great way to save tired baskets. Very thrifty my friend!

  9. Doreen@Househoneys December 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    The black looks great Amy, and this is a really great way to unify everything.

    Glad to hear your son is settled. Merry Christmas!

  10. Heather December 21, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    I have a hundred million teeny little baskets…I’m thinking I should spray paint them and turn them into something. Thanks for the inspiration.


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