Faux Vintage Metal Basket

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!  ;)

freckled laundry





40 comments:

  1. Really great basket. Much better than PB

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  2. That is awesome! Can I have it? Just kidding! I would have never thought to do that- you are gonna have me searching for white metal at the thrift stores!

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  3. I love this your hard work really paid off. I am definitely going to be on the look out for something like this for planting this summer.

    Penny

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  4. Lisa, that is just awesome! You did a beautiful job with this piece. I am wondering though, why you would have to strip the white paint, couldn't you just paint primer over it kind of like the locker baskets? I made little tags with numbers on them today for my locker baskets. If only I had more room to display them in my craft room!

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  5. Much better the way you made it look.

    Another thing you can try is juts spraying it with the rust looking spray paint. (of course you would have to like rust, which I do) =)

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  6. Hey! It looks fabulous!! Love the patina!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  7. You did a great job, this version is far better than the previous one and nothing to envy to the PB basket. Great transformation like all the others I saw in your nice blog!
    many hugs from Italy
    Chiara

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  8. Ok that looks darn close to the original! Great job! I never thought of stripping!
    Susan

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  9. Oh I love that! You did an amazing job! I'm always so excited to open up your blog...because there is always something great to see and read!!! I love your style! Have a wonderful Day!!!

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  10. Oh my goodness, that turned out great. Your hard work paid off, great transformation! Thanks for sharing,
    Jeanette

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  11. ooh I love this basket! You have such an awesome eye for these things!!

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  12. Lisa,

    You know I love wire/metal baskets. Your hard work really paid off. This basket looks even better than the PB version. The lavender is so pretty! Love it! xo

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  13. I know the "leg gone numb" issue.

    I am amazed at how hard we work when we have a vision!!!
    Your hard work paid off for sure.
    It's incredible!
    Rhonda

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  14. Great find. You had a good vision for the shiny white basket. Love it!

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  15. i love the basket transformation! what a brilliant job you did on it. i have enjoyed scrolling through your lovely posts and am now your newest follower! Kate

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  16. Ok, I have to say that this has to be one of the first times that I saw someone remove paint! ;) I love it, i love the bare metal with the linen and the lavender looks so beautiful in there!! Beautiful transformation Lisa!!

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  17. Oh yes you basket looks much, much better without the white. I love the lavender in it too - so pretty.

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  18. It was worth all the effort - looks great!

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  19. Ooh that paint stripper is nasty stuff! But, it sure did the trick and it looks wonderful. PB has nothing on you!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  20. This project is why I stalk your blog- you have a great eye. And your styling is amazing!

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  21. I would typically gasp at the removal of white paint, but this looks SO much better naked. Beautiful!

    xxo,
    Jami

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  22. I'm loving all your projects. Something's wrong with my "follow" but I'm adding you to my blog roll so I don't miss anything!

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  23. Love this basket. new follower.. just clicking on random blog rolls of blog titles I like! would love a visit back laura

    http://imnotatrophywife.com

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  24. Your hard work truly paid off....it's Bee-U-Tee-Ful!

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  25. I had no idea that stripper came in a spray can.. fab project! I'm gonna find something to work on!!

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  26. I have to say this turned out pretty great...although I'm sure it was a lot of work. But it looks now just like a vintage french basket.

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  27. Wow! That basket looks awesome with the paint removed! I just love lavender too and I can't wait for springtime when mine starts to bloom outside.

    Amanda
    xoxo

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  28. What an amazing knock off! Well worth all the hard work to create it! Great job!

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  29. {I hope my comment doesn't show up twice, but I'm not sure what happened to the first one.}
    It was worth all the hard work. It looks great, especially with the liner like the PB one. I like how you have styled it too.

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  30. Lisa, Love the basket and the liner is wonderful. It looks just like the PB one.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  31. I loved this little project the first time I saw it. Thank you so much for linking with my party, Lisa!

    xoxo,
    Jami

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