Many, many, times I've painted something white to make it look better.
But this time I actually decided to remove the white paint. *gasp*
I found this metal basket at the thrift store.
The shape reminded me of an antique basket.
The photo doesn't show this but the paint was a very glossy white.
Glossy paint was all wrong for this piece.
I felt my thrift store piece could look like this bushel basket from Pottery Barn.
I used spray on paint stripper, steel wool and lots and lots of elbow grease.
This project reminded me why I don't strip furniture.
It's hard work!
At one point I was on the garage floor scrubbing for so long my legs fell asleep
and I could barely stand up afterwards!
But this time the work was worth it.
Look at the wonderful patina the metal has!
For these photos I filled the basket with lavender.
I am loving having lavender in the house!
But I also think it would look cool sitting on a shelf in my son Grants room filled with old baseballs.
Or maybe I should set it next to my bed filled with magazines...
and the latest Pottery Barn catalog of course! ;)