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Gathering Basket

I’m so happy it’s Friday!!! Today I want to share with you one of my new favorite things around our house!

Last year when I would go out to my garden in the morning, I would always have to send one of my boys back in to get me a bowl for collecting what I had picked. I usually figured I could carry it, but it never worked very well! I tried a wicker basket, but it got messed up pretty fast. I knew I wanted some sort of gathering basket that could sit by my door that I could grab each day. I love this one from RunnerDuck Resources.

Time has just not allowed me to make one. As I was browsing our local thrift store I saw this basket and knew with a simple makeover it would be perfect.

First I painted it black.

Then I gave it a couple of coats of Heirloom White .

I can’t find this color in stores anymore, so I order it off Amazon because it is the perfect color. It’s white – but not stark white. The Ivory colors are too yellowish for me. Heirloom White is the perfect shade for every single project!

Then I did some distressing.

After  I had it the way I wanted it, I gave it a coat of Polyurethane since it would be getting dirty and would have to be wiped and washed out occasionally. I made sure the polyurethane was a satin finish so it didn’t take on a lot of sheen. It sits by my back door and anytime I head to the garden I just grab my basket. It’s been so convenient!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


Co-founder/author of Over the Big Moon since 2011. I am passionate about DIY projects, graphic design, gardening, traveling, cooking and all things home and family...with the exception of laundry! Most importantly I am a wife to my favorite person in the world, John and a Mom to 3 amazing boys! Thanks for stopping by today!
  • http://homeschoolingnewbie.blogspot.com/ Sam

    Great idea! I shall be scouring my local thrift shops for a sturdy basket now!