Reproduction Vintage Locker Baskets-tutorial

While Blogger is (I hope, I hope, I hope!) getting things fixed so I can post pictures
again the easy way,
I thought I would bring back an oldie but goodie.
My make your own vintage style locker basket tutorial from 2011.
I have added a few updates to the post.
I know a lot of people are organizing their homes right now and these are super cute storage!
The new locker baskets are larger than the vintage ones too, which is nice.
 
 
I adore the look of vintage locker baskets.
But I have never seen them in Las Vegas.
 I've looked at buying them online, but when you add shipping costs it gets pricey.
Since this post I moved to Illinois and then Texas where we currently live!


So I was pretty excited when I found these at Homegoods.
The colors were all wrong though (unless you wanted them for Christmas decor :).
Time to get out my paints!
I have also found these at Stien Mart, TJ Maxx, Marshall's etc
They are usually $10-12 dollars a piece.


How do you like me now?


First I sprayed them with Krylon gray primer.
Next I watered down some acrylic paint, Folk Art brand, color Dove Gray.
I brushed it on and then wiped some off with a dry paper towel.
Finally I brushed on some Minwax stain in Dark Walnut, then quickly wiped it off with a damp paper towel.
(Let each application dry before adding the next.)
The stain can take a day or two to cure and may feel sticky while it is drying.


I think they look like the real thing!


So many possibilities for storage.


I'd like to make liners for them eventually.
I put a napkin inside to see how it would look and I love it!


This is not very glamorous, but I'm planning on using mine for holding potato chips on top of my fridge.
 
Actually I never did end up using them for potato chip storage. :)
 I have used them in my pantry as well as other areas in my home. 
 I really should make some more!

 

78 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! It's hard to believe they are the same baskets! You made them look perfectly aged!
    thanks for telling us how you did it!
    gail

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  2. gorgeous and glamorous locker baskets!!!

    thanks for your great ideas ^0^

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  3. Wow, those turned out great! I would have otherwise overlooked the red and green baskets. I love how you made them look vintage-y with paint! Awesome! :D

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  4. Hi Lisa,
    If you had not told me there were reproductions, I would never have known they weren't the real thing.

    They look fantastic and now I will have to go and find me some at HomeGoods! LOL.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  5. Those look great....yes top of the frig. I need some of those up there. Alas...no Home Goods here. I'll have to head to TJ Maxx and see if they have anything like this.

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  6. You did good! Love a gal who can be flexible...

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  7. I love it! They are perfect, I want a set too!!

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  8. They look wonderful. Your paint treatment is perfect, they look exactly like the real thing. So clever. Hugs, Marty

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  9. Wow, these are great! They certainly look authentic!

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  10. Wow! I'm impressed! These are gorgeous.

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  11. They look fabulous, I couldn't even tell they were painted! They will def hide potato chips in a beautiful way :0)

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  12. I thought they were the real deal, wish we had a Homegoods around here. You did a great job on them and I like the idea for atop your fridge!

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  13. I was sure they were vintage. Great job on painting them!

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  14. Wow those baskets look great with your decor! Love them! Homegoods is amazing.

    heartoftxgirl.blogspot.com

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  15. I just love these Lisa...awesome job! Those vintage locker baskets are on my most wanted list too! ~Deb~

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  16. You did an amazing paint job on those baskets. I always get sad that we don't have a Home Good store when I see cool stuff like this. Great job. Love what you put inside them too. Cute.

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  17. Now that's the best looking potato chip storage that I have ever seen! What a great redo! Thanks for sharing your painting tips, too:)

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  18. I like, I like! You'll have the best looking potato chips in all of Vegas - lol!

    Jeanine

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  19. Those baskets are fabulous Lisa. Wow - you sure have come a long way since we started blogging. I love the look of your blog. I've got to do some tweaking to mine. Have a great week!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  20. You've done an awesome job on these baskets Lisa! I have to admit, I can usually see the potentional in a lot of things, but I didn't see it in these. Nice job! They look so authentic!
    Kim:)

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  21. Girl, I am SUPER impressed with how they look now. You did great.

    Ok, I am loving your new look with the grays. LOVELY, Lisa.

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  22. These look wonderful!! Thanks for sharing.
    Jeanette

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  23. fabulous - great way to look beyond the green and red and see the POTENTIAL!!

    Great great - locker baskets are the BEST!

    www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

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  24. Wow! Amazing job? How large are they? They look pretty big, which is GREAT!

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  25. LOVE these!!!

    gorgeous!

    and your blog is beautiful. just found it. excited to explore more.

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  26. You are amazing! Martha has nothing on you honey child!!!
    Rhonda

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  27. You are so talented with the paint! They do look like real, aged, bare metal. I have a couple locker baskets from garage sales, but I want more and they are really hard to find. I love the look of the liner too!

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  28. Wow, love what you did with these. You just can't go wrong at HomeGoods! Am your newest follower as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. liz

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  29. They do look like the real thing...very fun :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  30. so super cute!!! love the napkin in it- it's perfect. I would have never guessed the baskets weren't in their usual locker basket color! I am going to have to remember your paint recipe :)
    found you through Make it for Monday!

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  31. They do look like they are vintage! You are so creative and I always love to visit and always leave inspired!

    Your photos are beautiful!

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  32. They look perfect. I really like how you used the gray paint to make them look vintage.

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  33. Wow. They are beautiful! You are one inventive gal! xx :)

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  34. I love them! I think I need to take a trip to Homegoods. I could use these in my bathroom! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  35. Your new potato chip holder is FABULOUS! After adding your paint it looks so very vintage! Well done!

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  36. They look great. What a wonderful find.
    ~Heidi

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  37. So effective. This looks fabulous.

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  38. What a neat transformation. You are right there are so many possibilities with these.

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  39. Holy Cow Batman! Those look AMAZING!!!

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  40. I love these baskets! I have a big space on top of my fridge too... thanks for the great idea!

    Susan

    myhomeroad.blogspot.com

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  41. Love how you transformed these!! So glad you linked up!

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  42. LOVE these! I am really enjoying your blog and am so happy to have found you through Whisperwood Cottage's link! I'm your newest follower!

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  43. Oh my, I love these! I do have one of the old locker baskets but I like yours better.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  44. Me again. I forgot to tell you I am now a follower.
    Sherry

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  45. If I hadn't read what you wrote, I totally would have assumed those were the read deal. You did a freat job!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog....

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  46. Lisa

    They look lovely. What a great idea. We are planning a new mudroom and I can see baskets like that...great storage and so charming.

    Thank you for your comment on our blog.
    Kinga from Canada

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  47. they look better than the real thing! and I love the liners!!!
    :)Heidi

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  48. Those are a amazing! What a great find and redo. You can never have too many!

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  49. I LOVE your blog!!! Your newest follower! Everthing is BEAUTIFUL! I ADORE the Bible Verse! PLEASE link up at

    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    blessings xoxokara

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  50. Wow Lisa, those turned out so great, you would never know how they started out!
    I didn't buy the insert for my pillow either, feather allergy thing in my house, so I'm hoping to find an insert that fits!!
    Have a great day!
    Tracey

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  51. I LOVE these!! I have been looking for just like this, too bad I don't have a Home Goods :( I love how you fixed them up and the lining is so pretty, you could so make some with the napkins! Your are so creative my friend and I just adore your style! :)

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  52. Oh my gosh Lisa... I realize you didn't link this one up to SNS but I had to see what all the commotion was about. These are amazing!!!!! WANT!

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  53. Thanks for the great idea! I love vintage locker baskets but the prices are prohibitive. May have to try this out...

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  54. I so thought these were real. I totally bought it. This is the best paint job I've seen trying to make something new look old. Amazing.

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  55. They look authentic & fabulous! Great job! JenT

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  56. I just came across your blog and am looking through some of your archives. I am very impressed, this is one of the best do-it-yourself blogs I have come across.

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  57. I am sooo jealous. You did a fantastic job on these baskets!! I am also very sad because in Canada we do not have a Homegoods near us. Now I feel like crying. I guess I am going to have to continue my hunt for locker baskets.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Carrie

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  58. Wow Lisa those look like old locker baskets! Next time I see these I will get them and try this technique!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xx
    Anne

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  59. Beautiful Lisa wow what an amazing transformation

    xoxo
    Kate

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  60. Great idea! I have two vintage baskets but haven't seen any since.

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  61. Hi Lisa, I love locker baskets and also use them in the pantry. Great job transforming them with paint.
    xx, Sherry

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  62. They do look like the real thing! What a great idea - glad you shared it again since I hadn't found you yet when you shared it the first time! Hope you are soon good to go with photos again - that is no fun. come on over to wordpress - I've never regretted the switch!

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  63. I'm amazed how great those locker baskets look! I would never guess they used to be red or green. You did a great job transforming them. Love that look!

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  64. Great paint job! I love these wire baskets. I think liners look fabulous. And you're right, I use mine everywhere!

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  65. Lisa, these turned out great!! You can never have too many baskets, I always say :)
    Susan

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  66. Thanks for reposting. Good tips on here. Must have been fairly tedious, but the outcome is definitely worth it. Thanks for sharing, liz

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  67. They look great. I love locker baskets!

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  68. Love the locker baskets for storage...I'm your newest follower!

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  69. they look awesome! You'd never know they're the same baskets :)

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  70. You know I am such a fan of these!!! I will always remember following your wonderful instructions and I love how they turned out! Thank you for sharing this again!

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  71. I bought antique locker baskets with numbers on them from First Monday Trade days in texas. Have you gone yet? You need to if you haven't. You'd love it. I bought them for $10 each there.

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  72. Love these!! Now I just have to find a home for them.

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  73. Lisa,

    You always amaze me with your transformations and with this one you did it again. I'm so glad to have found you and continue to be inspired by you!

    Jen @ Noting Grace

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  74. Your baskets turned out so cute. Way better than what they started out as. I have a few baskets that could use a new "old" look. Thanks for the tutorial.

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