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Upgrade A Cheap Laundry Basket

A clean home is a happy home. Unfortunately, a lot of us find ourselves having storage problems. Rather than clog your attics, basements, and closets with junk, finding new ways to repurpose existing spaces is a great home decorating move. 

One DIY enthusiast, Jen from I Heart Organizing, needed space to store a few spare blankets. Those are not the kind of item you’d let grace your shelves. Instead, blankets, yoga mats, scarves, hats, and other small items can benefit from a decorative basket. Some trendy stores will charge you upwards of $100 for a nautical-esque rope basket, but that seems silly. Jen found she could recreate the same chic look for way cheaper, and you can do it too. 

IKEA and Pier 1 are fine furniture retailers, but not for this project. The Dollar Store is the destination today. The first step is to purchase one of these cheap little laundry baskets. Don’t worry, it’ll look Instagram-worthy by the end.

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After securing her basket, Jen proceeds to spray paint the whole thing white. “Basically it was a coat of primer and two coats of matte white, left to cure for two days,” Jen writes.

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Now, it’s time to prep your rope. For Jen’s basket, she dyed her cream-colored rope a calming shade of blue with a mix of paint and water. Let the rope sit for a couple of days to get the color in. You can also use store-bought dye for this part.

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When it’s time to attach the rope, flip the basket upside down. Start with the lid and slowly glue the rope along the outside of the basket using a hot glue gun.

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“Once the rope was dry and the spray paint was cured, it finally came time to attach the rope to the basket,” Jen wrote. “This part was easy-peasy, but a bit time consuming.”

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For a multicolor effect, alternate ropes every few lines. Jen switched between blue and cream every five lines. 

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It might be time-consuming, but once you’re done you have a picture perfect little basket. Just stuff your space-clogging belongings in there, and voilà! 

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With a little bit of patience, you can take a cheap, ugly basket and transform it into a chic accent piece for your guest room, living room, or wherever you need a little more space.

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For more information on this project, visit Jen’s tutorial

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