new locker baskets turned vintage

99.99% of the time I like shiny things.  Shiny and sparkly and covered with glitter.  I’m drawn to shiny things like a bear to honey.  A moth to flames.  A fly to a fly zapper …


I spent my formative years in Jersey, after all.


Then there’s the extremely rare .01% of the time when sparkly just won’t cut it for me – and I’m pretty sure that statement has just banned me from New Jersey, Vegas, Dallas, Southern California, and a few canasta-playing retiree communities in Florida.


When a shipment of new locker baskets I purchased to wrangle and organize all those random-in-need-of-wrangling things that always seem to find their way onto the dining room table, they were just too … well








See how they’re all chrome-ey and reflecting the light-ey?  Well, that would not do.  Shiny chrome baskets were not in the master plan for the dining room redo


Luckily, it was a simple fix.  I even pinned a tutorial I found online here.





I just grabbed some gray spray paint and … well …  gave them a good spraying.





Once dry, I mixed together some white and black acrylic paint and dry brushed some gray paint over the gray spray paint.  Which seems odd, but it added another layer of texture … and dull-ness





I just did it all quick and sloppy. Like it represented years and years of crusty build-up … and not just 15 minutes of me and a brush and some paint one afternoon last week … 




Then, of course, each basket got its own number.  You know, so those new-made-to-look-like-vintage locker baskets wouldn’t be confused.  I just printed the numbers onto plain old printer paper, and then gave each printer paper label a few coats of Mod Podge gloss.  You read that right.  Gloss.




Hey, I needed to add a bit of shine back.  Those Jersey roots runs deep …





And now my new faux vintage locker baskets have wrangled the random clutter.  The dining room table is clear.  For now.  ;)


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  1. Now THAT is cool! I spotted some vintage locker baskets at Scott’s and about fell over at the price! I like your idea better, Linda!
    xo Heidi

  2. Love these! (But why must you number everything? I know…it’s your ‘thing’–but you and I are word people, not number people! Why not try naming your baskets–like ‘Ralph’ or ‘Ginny’?)

  3. Wow Linda! They look so “old” – so vintage! Love them. Awesome job! I especially like the number detail added to the front.

  4. Love it! and what I love best about it is the “quick and sloppy” part, cause I love quick & sloppy projects. In fact, I think I’m going to devote a whole pin board to them :)

    These look marvellous!!! (said with a spanish accent a la Billy Crystal)

  5. Wonderful! I love the idea of new-old-vintagey-crusty- baskets!
    thanks for showing how you did it so random and haphazardly….I think I could do it!

  6. I have a bunch of shiny baskets to try this on. They look so much better crusty and old! Thanks for a great tutorial.

  7. Hey you let me know if it really works for keeping the dining room table cleaned off…I’ll buy and paint hundreds of these if it works!

  8. I am liking the baskets, can’t wait to get a look at the whole thing pulled together.


  9. Those look great, Linda! Very clever :)

  10. iplayoutsidethebox says:


    Doris S. Henson

  11. Liberace to Lady Gaga in one afternoon! Cool!

  12. I read it twice….where did you get those locker baskets? I LOVE them! And I love the make-over!

    :) me

  13. I love them! That must be what I need to keep my kitchen island clutter free! At first I thought you had left them outdoors for a year :) Glad to know is easier and faster than that!

  14. Wow Linda! They look great! What a fabulous idea. It would never have occurred to me to paint them. I would have probably tried to soak them in vinegar or something strange like that, which is what I thought you did at first. Your paint job looks terrific! They really do look vintage! You go girl!


  15. They are perfectly vintage now and look fantastic! Nicely done!!

  16. These look great! I like you love a little bit of “rustic” in a whole world of “shiny bling” – perfect solution you came up with .


  17. What a great idea! I love non-shiny metal too and it’s hard to find. I’m definitely trying this ;) Thanks for sharing! I’m your newest follower.
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

  18. What a fun post – I too need a little glitter with a little rustic! Great idea with the gray spray paint, and the end result if fantastic! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.

  19. Great idea! I love this! Thanks for the great tutorial. I love your numbers on the baskets as well. Have a great day!

  20. Wow! These look awesome! I am so obsessed with vintage locker baskets right now. You did such a great job!

    Visiting from Tweak It Tuesday :)

  21. Awesome way to get the vintage look without the pricetag!

  22. stunning! perfectly newly old looking – i’m a locker basket fanatic and just saw a bunch in a local shoppe for $40 a pop – i like yours EVEN BETTER! ♥

  23. I love it! What a great idea!

  24. Wow. You did an incredible job. They don’t look “faux-finished” at all!

  25. Whoa! You solved my problem. I have a shiny little chrome basket that just won’t do. I love the look you gave these! I’d love it if you would share this at “What We Accomplished Wednesday,” at Green Willow Pond. It is live right now. Have a great week!


  26. I love it! Thanks for idea! Pinning!

  27. Dana @ Cooking at Cafe D says:

    Looks like you made some a bit “bendy” in places, too.
    This is a project that could be loads of fun )
    ~ Dana

  28. Those shiny baskets look much better aged…don’t you wish we all did :).

  29. These baskets also work for organizing bags in the pantry and the freezer. Not having bags slide all over makes life easier.

  30. Wow these turned out so nice! Great job! I will be pinning this for sure!

  31. How great are they…the baskets really look vintage after you worked your magic!….

  32. Such a clever idea! They look way better aged, who needs shiny and new anyway?

  33. GASP. I am always going to salvage & thrift shops looking for old metal things, and this is amazing for when I get annoyed when I can’t find what I want! I love old metal baskets. The yuckier the better. Definitely pinned & followed!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    (Popping in from Someday Crafts link party)
    Kim @ Two Ten

  34. These are AMAZING! I had no idea you could make new shiny silver looks so vintage in a few easy steps!

  35. awesome idea! they look so fabulous. can’t wait to get some of my own!

  36. I’m always on the hunt for aged vintag-y industrial looking stuff. I’ll see something shiny and new in the store and think “Why can’t I find this -just older?” Thanks for this sweet tutorial! Pinning it.

  37. those baskets are fab and your photography is to die for!!!

  38. I have these exact same baskets! I love the idea of painting the tags with the gloss mod podge. Pinning!

  39. They look great, I would not have guessed that you just painted brand new shiny baskets.

  40. I adore locker baskets.

  41. This is great! I always see those new baskets and think, “Yuck…too shiny!” Now I can buy them with excitement for my homeschool shelf! Thanks a million for this simple idea! Lisa~

  42. STINKING LOVE THESE!!!! Here from Debbiedoo’s & Fox Hollow Cottage’s Blog Hop!!! PINNED!!!

  43. Looks so cool! The vintageness is perfect!

  44. Hi, I’d love to have you share on Show and Tell Saturday #7 at Sassy Little Lady!


  45. They turned out great!!

  46. What a great project. Did the label holders come with them? Very cool!

  47. I love these! I’m going to have to start looking for some of these baskets… I can make them look “old”. They look awesome!

  48. Love the finished baskets, and thanks for sharing the link on where you bought them. Now if only the dining room table randoms would find their own way into the baskets!

  49. Hi Linda,
    These turned out wonderful. Love the vintage patina you gave them.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks

  50. I don’t know what I love more about this post…the vintage locker baskets or the Jersey references! (Another Jersey girl here!)

  51. Wonderful job! They look SO much better!

  52. Okay….these are FAB and much more budget friendly than those that I’ve recently seen at flea markets…besides, I need 4 and it seems that most people only have 3 at a time. I’m gonna order some of these beauties from the link that you so graciously provided and follow YOUR tutorial. Be forewarned, however, that if I fail, I’ll be knocking on your door…because I can…and because I had SO MUCH FUN meeting you! xo

  53. I LOVE vintage locker baskets! OH, the things you could use those for… thanks for the idea!

  54. I love it! Sooo cool and I’m thrilled you posted where to find NEW locker baskets at a great price. I had one measley one from Target from many years ago and never found any more.

  55. Great Idea!! Love these…Found you over at Crafty Scrappy Happy: Happy Hour!

  56. Such beautiful baskets! Your “fix” for them was just perfect! I would have thought they came that way, that is for sure! Now I am going to be thinking about ordering some of them for the new pantry we are building :) thanks!!!

  57. Ahhh…much better!

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