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Coordinated Containers




Turn empty gift baskets into stylish household organizers. (Similar receptacles are sold at floral shops and crafts stores if you need to supplement your supply.) Unify the mismatched containers by coating them with a single color of latex paint; dry overnight. Then place the baskets on a hallway console table or a desk, filling them with envelopes, stationery, and other supplies. Alternatively, use a set to keep your bathroom or kitchen counter clean and tidy.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2006



Reviews (7)

  • femina 8 Jan, 2010

    I love this idea...I'm a basket-a-holic

  • MarlaJ 7 Jan, 2010

    I love ideas like this. I think spray paint could be used, too.

  • LytningBug 9 Jan, 2009

    What a unique, and inexpensive, idea! I can't wait to try this. Maybe I'll try it tonight while it snows...yet again.

  • musiclee 4 Jun, 2008

    My grandmother used to do this with cardboard boxes. I was always amazed at how much stronger the boxes were after she added a coat of paint. She would create all kinds of configurations with the boxes - shelves, drawer units, and cubbies- and bring it all together with the same color paint. She never did any decorative on them, but I think it would be nice to add painted, stenciled, or decoupaged details to them.

  • mamaid 4 Jun, 2008

    I get all of my baskets and containers at the local thrift shop. They are rediculously cheap, even more so on 50% off day, and there are always loads to choose from.

  • nataliaelam 3 Jun, 2008

    What a great idea! I have many saved gift baskets that have been collecting dust. Thank you :o)

  • smilestate 9 May, 2008

    Looks like a great idea for more storage/controllingof office desk supplies