Just a quickie chalk paint project. I just finished up a master bedroom for clients in NC. She needed a wastebasket for the side of her secretary, but we didn’t really find one when out shopping for a few items. When we got back, she said to me, “well I will just use this for now.” It was a very inexpensive and unfinished wood basket, so I said I would paint it and see if it will work. Nothing to lose as we already had chalk paint (Annie Sloan Old White) and wax. I was going for an old hand painted look, kinda French looking. I lightly sanded the edges and sides and went from there.


I took it outside and spray painted with a black, gloss quick drying spray paint. Easy peasie.

When dry, I taped it. I ran out of frog tape, so used regular painters tape (not as good).

Two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk in Old White and this part was done.

A light sanding and then it’s ready for the next step. I was out of my gold paint pens, so I decided to use a fast dry enamel in brass, which actually gave a more antique look

I hand painted it on. I wanted an irregular look…..gives it some character.

Two coats of clear wax buffed and it is ready to go. KBJ will drop it off for me this weekend, as he is leaving from NC to head to California for work. I hope they like it.


I enjoy quick projects like these. Chalk paint dries quickly, very quickly, so you can do smaller items like this in no time. I look forward to sharing this design project with you very soon. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Laters, charisse


  1. Where did you purchase the undecorated basket? Thank you

  2. You make it look easy; I’d never have the patience to tape off the lines–so impressive, Charisse! I’d like to a harlequin pattern on my deck–maybe you could do some deck-painting concepts other than plain stain?

    • Laurie, Actually I will probably do an article on deck ideas this fall. I had actually planned it for earlier, but with all the rain all summer, painting or staining a deck or patio was about impossible. Our deck needs attention and below that is a large concrete patio which is utterly boring. Thanks for the idea and reminder.

  3. Wow, the wastebasket looks wonderful…you are a genius! S

  4. You are good!! I am dying to take on a project like this……chalk paint is so genius! Enjoy your Sunday.

    • Thanks Tina. I love, love chalk paint. I have made my own for a couple of projects where I needed a certain color, and it is amazing paint. Happy Sunday to you also.

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