The oldest and I popped into Goodwill last week and found this sweet wooden basket there for $2.99. I wasn't in love with the baby blue color, or the coating of dirt that came with it either, but I liked the look and size of it.
My daughter is a chip off the old block because while I waffled on whether or not to purchase it ($2.99 seemed a little high) she asked me why I wanted it, what I planned to use it for and exactly when I planned to fix it up. I answered her questions and she said she thought we should get it. So we did.
At home I scrubbed the basket thoroughly clean and let it dry overnight. I was pretty grimey. After removing the hardware I gave it a light sanding and a good coat of leftover gloss black spray paint, inside and out. I put it in the garage and let it sit overnight to dry thoroughly.
The next day I painted the outside with some of our leftover silver metallic paint. Once it was dry I spritzed on some of the black again, this time in light spurts. I then dragged my daughter out to take a look at it and asked her if it looked stupid. She didn't say much so I added a few more squirts and then she told me to stop. It was perfect.
Another overnight stay in the garage to dry completely and then I put the hardware back on.
The metallic and the gloss black paint are seriously getting a workout around here. Now that it is all done I think it looks great!