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Making Over a Thrift Store Metal Basket

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I love thrift stores. I love browsing the aisles, looking for that one treasure that needs a new home.

Brett always asks me, “What do we need that for?” or “Where are you going to put that?”

Both very logical questions. However, when I go thrifting I do not ask such questions. I ask myself, “How can I make this mine?” or “What can I change on this to make it better?”

Which brings me to the thrift store find featured in this post. I found this metal basket at random Goodwill and thought that I could spruce it up with a little paint. Really, anything can be jazzed up with paint, so feel free to use that excuse in the future next time you’re pondering a purchase.

Back to the basket. As-is, the basket is fine. It serves its purpose of holding this and that. However, I wanted to make it mine and decided to paint it white and add some twine.

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The best part about this makeover? The most time consuming part is waiting for the paint to dry and it can be tailored to almost any thrift store metal container.


  • White paint – I found a sample size of Glidden White for $1.50 at The Home Depot
  • Twine
  • Glue and Hot Glue Gun
  • Paint Brush

The Process

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Step one: Paint the metal container white. I didn’t use a lot of paint and just did one coat because I wanted the dark metal to show through. Let dry

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Step two: Using the hot glue gun, glue the twine to the metal basket. I started at the bottom and only went around about eight times.

Step three: Enjoy!

Yes, my friends. It is that simple.

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Let us know if you try this one out and if you do, we’d love to know how it went!

All our best,




  1. Linda Wittman

    Holy cow that looks so nice on the bathroom counter. Brett should know by now that he doesn’t need to ask questions because I think you always have a purpose for everything you buy and do!!!!

    • Kelly

      Thank you, I like it there too 🙂 I’ll pass along the message to Brett, I am sure he’ll most definitely have to agree!


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