When it came to buying a laundry basket for Rei Baby, I spent ages searching for the right one. Each time I thought I’d found the one I’d invariably discover that shipping was about AU$100, or the basket had terrible reviews on Amazon for wear and tear etc. Don’t get me wrong, I did search locally too but there just isn’t much on offer in Regional Mackay, and generally what I do find has a grossly inflated price tag (thanks in part to our regional location and the influence of a mining community).
After weeks of searching (no joke) for a stupid laundry basket, the need for one in the here and now finally outweighed my desire for the perfect basket (that’s if it even exists, right?). So I popped down to Spotlight (oh no, not another trip to my fav store in town…) and picked up this Zara Basket.
I’ve always had the intention of painting the bottom portion of the basket to get that dip-dyed look, but it has taken me a little longer than I intended. But I finally got around to it and here’s the DIY tutorial if you want to re-create this look at home.
- Laundry Basket
- Paint (I used Frosty Green by Solver Paints from Masters)
- Paintblock Tape (I used Delicate Surface Frogtape from Masters)
- Tape measure
First remove the lid and any lining etc from the laundry basket.
Measure the height of the basket.
To determine how high you want the pain to go, I divided the height by three. As you can see, my basket was about 50cm high so I measured 17cm from the base.
Once you have the height, use the tape measure as a guide and wrap a piece of the tape all the way around the basket. I stopped every few centimetres and re-measured to ensure I was applying the tape at a consistent height.
Using the paint and brush, apply paint to the bottom half of the basket. When working around the taped area, make sure that you apply the paint in a downward motion from the tape towards the bottom of the basket. This will minimise any bleeding that may occur under the tape line.
You will probably have to paint your basket in batches, allowing it to dry in between so that you can roll/flip it to paint the other side. Although not necessary, I did turn my basket upside down and paint the base too (it would have annoyed me knowing that it wasn’t painted even if it’s not visible…).
Once the paint is completely dry you can remove the tape. Make sure you do this slowly and with care so you don’t accidentally damage your painted edge.
I think I might add a few dip-dyed DIY projects to my christmas list of handmade gifts to make. What do you think of the dip-dyed look?