Picnic baskets provide some of the best closed storage. Already I have one that contains all of my husband's hideously messy video game controllers. When I saw another one at a thrift store, I couldn't pass it up despite its gross color. I stained, painted, and gave it an entirely new vibe.
Before (A gross yellow wood)
First, I stained the basket
Second, used painters tape to block out my chevron pattern
After, a fabulous basket