Giving an Old Basket a New Look

We all have some old baskets at home which we no longer use. I decided to give this little basket a little makeover using some spray paint and petroleum jelly. As I wanted the basket to have a little oomph I decided to have a layered effect using antique gold and white spray paint.
This is a very plain and simple basket that I was about to throw out, but I decided to give it a makeover
I spray painted the basket gold and let it dry, once it was dry I sprayed the white paint over leaving the rim gold. I then rubbed some petroleum jelly around the top of the basket, this is a great way of distressing it without the need of sanding. Then spray white paint over again and let it dry. Then all you need to do is whipe off the petroleum jelly.
This is what it looks like when it is finished. Distressed without any sanding.

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  • Karla
    on Jan 10, 2016

    I have a forest green one like this. Really like it. Wondered how it was done? I can now do a small basket.

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  • Bill
    on Jan 14, 2017

    Alternative to spraying the gold is....spray it all white, then use gold Rub-n Buff to highlight.

    • Lori
      on Apr 30, 2020

      Micheals craft store has it . It is a paste like substance that you rub into mirror or picture frames to bring out the Beauty of the design of frames etc. Not terribly expensive and its really kinda cool what it does to the design of certain frames

  • Manghi
    on Mar 17, 2019


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