Spray Painted Ombre Basket

2 Materials
1 Hour

Update an old or thrifted basket with a simple ombre spray paint technique. This easy and inexpensive method is the perfect way to give new life to an old basket!

To start, you will need a basket. I got this one at the thrift store. Be sure that it is clean and dry. I like a tall basket for this project so you have a lot of space for the ombre effect. However, any shape will do.

Start with your darker shade of paint. Start painting at the bottom of your basket. You want to go about 2/3 of the way up. The bottom should get complete coverage and your coverage should get lighter as you move up.

This is the comfort grip that I use on my spray paint cans that don't have triggers. It really saves your fingers!

Now get your lighter spray paint color. Do the opposite of what you just did. Start at the top of the basket and get full coverage. Work your way down with lighter and lighter coverage. Eventually taper off around 2/3 of the way down the basket.

Enjoy your new ombre spray painted basket! This tall basket was perfect for the awkward space between my entertainment center and the corner. The blue looks much better than the original dark brown, which was the exact color of my floors and didn't pop at all!

Suggested materials:

  • Basket
  • 2 shades of spray paint

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Sophie
    on Nov 16, 2018

    Can you use any paint?

    • Dana
      on Nov 21, 2018

      I’m pretty sure you can, I would suggest a flat paint though. Gloss will only show the mistakes.

  • LJ
    on Nov 21, 2018

    Do you think this would work on a old resin wicker chair???

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