Knitting Basket Makeover (Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge)

I truly have to stop myself from going into a thrift store any time I drive past.  I love going inside to see what treasures I may discover.  A favorite thing to do with the treasures that I find is to think of a way to update them or use them in a different way.

When Amanda from The Kolb Corner invited a group of bloggers to participate in a Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge, I was eager to join in the fun.

If you like seeing what others find while thrifting and seeing what they do with their finds, you are in for a treat today.  21 bloggers are sharing their thrifty finds and what they did with them.  You’ll find links to all of the projects at the bottom of this post.

Meet the Hosts

Thrift Store Makeover Challenge

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den      Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main     Emily | Two Purple Couches     Shirley | Intelligent Domestications     Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom     Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Debra | Shoppe No. 5     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars     Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House      Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim       Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage


On a recent trip to Goodwill, I found a handmade knitting basket.  It may be a magazine rack but my instinct says knitting basket.

Handmade Wooden Knitting Basket Before


The maker even signed the bottom.  Can you see the H. O. in pretty cursive?  If I had to guess, I’d say that he used scraps from his workshop to make this for his wife.

Handmade Wooden Knitting Basket Before


I could have left well enough alone but decided to give this this knitting basket an updated look with paint.

Knitting Basket Makeover - This basket got a makeover with paint.


To complete the makeover, I first cleaned this piece and then primed it with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3.  After priming, it was painted with Sweet Cream from The Plaster Paint Company.A knitting basket found at Goodwill gets a makeover with paint.


The piece was then sealed with soft-touch varnish by Americana Decor.  To add character, I distressed the edges using sandpaper.A thrift store found basket gets a makeover with paint.


This piece is now ready to be used in someone’s home as a knitting basket or magazine rack.


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A Goodwill Found Knitting Basket Gets a Makeover -

Be sure to check out my fellow bloggers’ projects too!


  1. What a great makeover. It’s amazing what a little paint can do and it’s perfect for a knitting basket.

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Paint works wonders, doesn’t it Erlene? It’s so much fun to make something over and give it a new life.


  2. I love your knitting basket makeover! I need this because I have so much yarn and knitting projects.

  3. Very sweet makeover and I say Knitting basket too! Love!

  4. Love this transformation!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thank you! I like the new look and hope that this little basket will see many more years of use.


  5. Very fresh and pretty, and what an improvement!

  6. I love this beautiful knitting basket. The color is so much brighter & refreshing now. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Fresh as a daisy with the new coat of white paint! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  8. The knitting basket is a beautiful handcrafted piece. What a nice find. And I love how you updated it with paint.

  9. Definitely looks like a knitting basket to me!! It turned out great! I’d love to have something like this to sit next to our couch–maybe I’d actually finish a project 😉

  10. Love your makeover, Paula!! It looks so pretty with all your yarns inside!!

  11. What a cute makeover … a little paint can improve anything! I love thrifting, too, and I’m hoping to discover some good ones in Dallas. NYC stores were too pricey for me! 😉

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thank you, Ginnie! I’ll bet that Dallas will be loaded with Goowill stores. I have much better luck at Goodwill in a larger city. When I went to Charlotte over spring break, I found some great things at great prices.


  12. This was definitely meant to be a knitting basket! Love the makeover you gave it, too 🙂

  13. I remember those magazine racks from the ’70’s. They were so popular. You made it seem like it was always intended to be a knitting basket!

  14. So cute! I think those knitting needles are beautiful too. I would definitely use it as a magazine holder. That’s such a good idea!

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