September 5, 2013

How To Age Baskets.... Products For The Fancy Flea

Aged To Perfection

It has been so fun to pick items from Barr Display to sell at the Fancy Flea November 2  (You can read about my partnership with Barr Display and the Fancy Flea HERE).   I'm sure because of the versatility and inexpensive price, these baskets will be a huge hit at the Flea 

Now, these baskets look great just as they are, but I wanted to see what they would look like if they were aged.  

This was really easy...I dipped steal wool in apple cider vinegar and wiped it over the basket...That's it!  I have no idea why it works, but it's magic, sit back and watch the basket age as it dries. 

Now for the fun part.  I had an old apple label I put on this basket

For the second basket after I aged it, I dry brushed it with white paint (You can see my post on how to dry brush HERE).  For the "Fresh Eggs" label, I printed on Fabric (tutorial HERE) and used spray adhesive to attach it to the basket.

   I took two images and merged them.  The rooster was from Graphics Fairy and the Fresh eggs from Google free images.  Then I smudged a little brown ink around the edges.

Yep, from perfectly new to perfectly aged

These baskets come in four sizes 
5 1/2''H X 7''W
6 1/4''H X 8''W X 7 1/2''D
7 1/2''H X 11''W X 6 1/2''D
8 3/4'' X 14''D

The unaltered baskets will be available for purchase at the Fancy Flea OR....You can pre-order them from Barr Display 1-800-222-2702 and they will be ready for you to pick up at the Fancy Flea. This ensures you won't be disappointed if we run out!

You can always order from Barr Display 1-800-222-2702 or online  

Yep, aged to perfection!
Happy Creating



Hi Carol!

Nice aged looking baskets! I think you will sell everything at the Fancy Flea!! Take lots of photos:)
Happy creating!

Betty said...

They both look good, but I like the white one best. I am going to write this down for the future. I like the idea. Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn said...

You must have a lot of information stored in your brain! Apple cider vinegar?!? AmazIng! Perfect timing for the fall season, too.♥♫

Karen said...

Oh Carol, I love them. I'm definitely going to try making some. They look like real vintage baskets,it's amazing. That steel wool and vinegar trick is something I've been wanting to try.

Angélica D said...

Hi Cariol They both look good, but I like the white one best.

Ann said...

thanks for sharing!!
these are fabulous!!

Connie said...

Hi Carol,
I imagine that you even create things in your sleep. When are HGTV or Public Television going to give you a show. Those people are sleeping on the job or they would be parked outside your door :)
I sometimes come over to visit and just go through your past posts. Every time I look I see something that I missed the first time.
You are a wonderful and generous teacher, thank you.
Connie :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are so neat! I know you are working like a busy bee getting ready! Enjoy your week my friend!

Rebecca Nelson said...

Total LOVE! Honestly...these are fab. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

PS Room is ready and waiting! :)

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Those turned out great!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

You and Barr Display make such a great team, Carol. Your aged and altered baskets are beautiful.
Have a lovely weekend!

Diane said...

Those look great! No wonder they sell. Good luck!

Little Miss Maggie said...

These are great for fall, Carol. I love the aged look and the old labeling.

Kat Miller said...

What a fabulous idea! You are too clever! Thanks for sharing!

camp and cottage living said...

Who knew?
You never cease to amaze me, Carol!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Now THAT'S impressive! I love both of your labels. These should do fantastic at the show!

Createology said...

I love your aging of the baskets. Many years ago it was all the rage to take these baskets and sew a fabric liner inside and out with pockets for use as a picnic basket. I made many for gifts and wedding presents. Do I have one for myself...NO...not even any photos. Barr is very lucky to have your talents my dear!

PattieJ said...

Another great tutorial!! Thanks Carol! Those turned out beautiful!I'm going to give it a try ;) .

Cynthia said...

Oh Carol, I am loving this big time! So simple and fun. You can get those types of baskets anywhere. Saving this for the future for the new house!!


Bente said...

Love the baskets. They looks so great.

Hugs from here

Kathy said...

Nice work and thanks for the tip about the steel wool and vinegar. I won't even ask how you figured that one out. Might be fun to try on some other wooden things like fruit crates.

June said...

Oh my goodness! I am so glad that it is the weekend and I have time to try this wonderful method of aging baskets. I have marked my calendar for the Fancy Flea. My daughter-in-law wants to go with me too. :)

Heart Vintage Design said...

Another great project, Carol. I'll bet you sell every one!

SavannahGranny said...

Carol rocks!! Love the baskets and your labels. Only you could come it with this timely design. good look at the flea.

Nancy said...

OMGosh, who would have thought...these are just too Cool and I Love the one you did with Fabric. I can see these gone in a big hurry especially when shoppers can use these to carry their purchases as well. Magnifico Carol!!

Huggs, Nancy

Ros Crawford said...

Oh WOW!!! I just love visiting here ... you really inspire me ... These are stunning!

Donna said...

Wow, I never would have guessed that you could age a basket so easily! And with vinegar! Thanks for sharing, the turned out great!

Melodee said...

vinegar? who'd have thunk it? love it!

Diane Mars said...

Very impressed great products for re-sale You sure keep busy. I hope to get more energy to get back to creating soon! Thanks for your kind words and support loving all my bloggie friends ox

must love junk said...

Perfectly aged, is right! Love it!

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Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Love these! I've heard about this method before, but still haven't tried it. Thanks for the inspiration Carol and now I KNOW it works:-)

Jann Olson said...

Carol, I picked up a couple of small baskets like this at a thrift shop a while back. I love what you did and I will be trying it. Thanks for sharing how you did it!