Driftwood Finish DIY: How to Quickly Transform a Boring Wicker Basket

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Let me show you how to transform a plain wicker basket into a French country style organizer. This driftwood finish DIY basket it absolutely gorgeous and so much fun to make.

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I am excited today to show you how you can get a DIY driftwood finish on some bathroom storage.

Wicker basket

1. Find a basket

For this project, I grabbed some wicker baskets. I find the darker ones work better for this project but if you have lighter ones you can stain them dark before beginning.  

Painter's palette, paint and a wicker basket

2. Paint the basket

The first thing I wanted to do, since my baskets were already dark was to paint them with some pale grey paint. I made sure to shake the paint up well and then put a little on my painter's palette.  

Painting a wicker basket

I used a dry brush for this step, and just worked on the exterior of the basket adding paint on all sides.  

Freshly painted wicker basket in grey

With the grey added to the basket, you'll notice that there were still some pieces of the original finish showing through. I wanted a faux driftwood finish so I was ok with that as it added some dimension.  

Adding a driftwood finish to the wicker basket

When the grey was dry, I added some honeycomb colored paint. You don’t want the paint to be too thick for this stage so you can add a little bit of water if it is thick. 

DIY driftwood basket

To add the lighter paint, I used a dry brush and very lightly dabbed it on in random spots. If you get too much on, you can use a paper towel to wipe it off and lighten it up.  

Painting the number 2 on a tag

3. Create a tag

Once I had both colors of paint on my DIY driftwood basket, I wanted to add little farmhouse inspired tags. I took an artist brush and painted some numbers on the little tags.  

Faux driftwood finish DIY

4. Add ribbon

To finish off my baskets, I took some fun farmhouse-style ribbon in a black checkerboard pattern and used it to tie on my tags.  

Cutting farmhouse-style ribbon

I wanted the ribbon to have a finished look so I folded it in half and snipped off a little section at an angle. When opened up, it gave the ribbon a nice finished look.  

Tying the tag onto a basket with ribbon

Since my ribbon had wires, it was easy to thread it through my tags and then tie it around the handles of the baskets.  

More Basket Projects

For more of my basket ideas, check out this clever  Dollar Tree Fence Basket tutorial.

How to get the driftwood look

DIY driftwood weathered grey wood finish tutorial

That was all I had to do to get a French country style Farmhouse organizer. This DIY driftwood finish was so easy and makes my bathroom look so much better! A Pottery Barn hack that I made for a fraction of what I would have paid retail. I hope you enjoyed today's project, and you feel inspired to try it in your own home. 

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  • Theresa Theresa on Feb 20, 2022

    Did you paint the inside of the baskets? Only the exterior is mentioned.

  • Mary Mary on Feb 20, 2022

    I won a really cheap basket, it looks like a small laundry basket. I hate to throw it away but I need ideas to make it look better. I don't think just painting it would be enough (I like what you did though and would do that if I had a basket like that.). Any ideas?

  • Rebekah Rebekah on Feb 20, 2022

    Your baskets are awesome! I paint most of mine too.... just love how there is an amazon link with "like" products at high prices that are nothing like whats shown! And dang even the Thrift Stores NOW want $30 bucks for their baskets! Whats a po' girl to do.....

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  • Joseph Klein Joseph Klein on Feb 18, 2023

    Like the tie on handle. Figured a towel within.

  • Millie Millie on Sep 23, 2023

    It’s cute. I’ve done this many times with my baskets when I tire of them. Is there a purpose for the tags?