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. says

    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’?)

  2. Dani says

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

  3. says

    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)

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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!


  6. says

    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.

  7. says

    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!


  8. 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

  9. Connie says

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

  10. says

    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

  11. says

    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~

  12. says

    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

  13. Angela says

    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.

  14. says

    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!!!


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