Stain a basket? I know this may sound a little weird, but every once in a while I find the (almost) perfect basket…the right size, perfect style, a good price (baskets can be pricey!) but the wrong color! I have painted baskets before but I have also stained them.
I was building some shelves in my new bathroom downstairs and I knew I wanted a large basket with handles to put on the bottom for dirty laundry. While at Target I spied the (almost) perfect basket. It even had a chalkboard tag! It was part of the Smith and Hawkin product line. But it was a light tan and I really wanted it to be dark brown.
I didn’t get it that day.
I kept looking online and around town. I couldn’t find one that worked. They were either too big or too small to fit the space in my bathroom.
I went back to Target for some Christmas stuff and the baskets were on sale. I decided to go for it :)
I chose my “go to” stain color which is Minwax’s Dark Walnut. I actually remembered to put gloves on this time too! I used a foam brush to apply the stain.
*This is messy. Make sure the basket is on a tarp, piece of plywood, or thick cardboard so your work surface is protected. My work surface happened to be my kitchen table so I used a scrap piece of plywood.
*Only baskets made of natural material can be stain successfully.
*This basket sucked up the stain like a sponge. I had to do three coats. The more stain used, the LONGER THE DRY TIME. It took this basket 3 days in our dry Utah winter air to fully dry. It may take longer if you have humidity. If you live in a humid area, it is best to stain on a day when the humidity is low. That goes for any staining project really. Make sure the basket is completely dry before using it.
*Make sure you work in a ventilated area. I opened my door that is right next to the table. I also opened a window. The fumes are not super strong but this is always a good habit when working with paint or stain.
*I ALWAYS have paper towels handy when I am staining. And ideally you should wear gloves to protect your hands.
Here it is all finished! I can’t wait to show you the rest of the shelves tomorrow!
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