A simple project with significant impact is spray painting small items. It's fast with little mess. This wastebasket would have ended up in the donations pile if it weren't for this easy upgrade. The green wasn't bad but changing it to white gave it a fresher look that will now fit in any room of our home. Plus, it could even be used as storage since it can now pass as a decorative basket and not a trash can.
Here's how we did it:
1. Cover the top of the basket inside and out with painter's tape making sure all the wicker is covered around the top edge underneath the metal frame. There were little pieces of wicker woven around the metal frame to hold it together that got painted but they blend right in with the paint now and you don't even notice it.
2. Place basket in a plastic grocery bag and tape top edge to the painter's tape around the top edge of the basket sealing off the bottom of the basket for when you paint. If you want, use a plastic bag on the inside as well, but the inside won't get sprayed much and if it does, it won't be noticeable.
3. We had a flat white left from building our platform bed, which worked great for this as well. I sprayed two coats to cover up the green. Let paint dry in between coats.