DIY Weathered Rolling Basket

Giving this basket a weathered look came naturally....

Actually Mother Nature had quite a hand in it...
This basket started life last summer as a new basket from the thrift store. 

I spray painted it white, then left it outside.

Yes, I left it outside for a couple of months and Mother Nature helped make it look like an authentic antique.

If you don't have a few months to wait you could paint 
the basket white with chalk paint then sand off 
the paint until you've achieved a weathered look.

Next I added antique wooden wheels.

And since I didn't have the original parts to these wheels, I used Gorilla Glue Epoxy and capped off the wheel posts on 
the inside of the basket.

I added a muslin bow through the holes for a new handle.

And Mother Nature and I created an old weathered rolling basket that looks like it's been around for decades.

Perfect for extra storage!
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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Soooo cute. I saw a basket exactly like this a the Goodwill a month ago. I kept talking myself out of it and have been sorry ever since. It looks awesome!

  2. Very pretty. I love the addition of the antique wooden wheels! Where did you find them?!? Everything you create turns out beautiful. Lesa

  3. very fun project Susan! I've had a board outside weathering for about 2 years now... still not weathered. lol

  4. Hi Susan,
    a great idea. I always again happy to come here.

    Greetings from Dresden,

  5. Wonderful casters/love the 5. You are so productive!

  6. LOVE it! Perfectly weathered look! Mother Nature always does it best!

    Jenna @

  7. I love the idea of the bow for the handle.. I like to buy this type of basket and most often the handle is missing. (Actually I only have 2, but I always look for them at the Sal. Army.

  8. Stopping by from Shabby Creek Cottage. LOVE this! A. Dorable. Lisa @ HouseOfFabForLess

  9. Great little basket. Love the way you gave it some charm and aging!
    Mary Alice

  10. I have a couple of baskets that I have been trying to figure out what to do with. I really like this weather look. I'm following you via GFC. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Fluster Buster

  11. First.... you were on The Chew??? Congratulations!!! You must have been over the top thrilled! (now back to our regular!) What a darling basket and love the vintage wheels on it! Thanks for the tip on using Gorilla Glue as I do have a few of these wheels, but, like you, not all the parts! The cloth handle added even more charm making this one beautiful addition to anyone's home!

  12. Man....I just found myself asking myself (lol)..."why can't you think up stuff like this"? lol. This is brilliant. I have no clue what I would use it for, but if I found it at a store, I'd buy it :)

    Thanks for sharing.

  13. newest follower...thanks for the idea....i have a large square basket that my cat clawed up on the side...i think i'll distress it and put wheels on it for my shop..i can use it to hold homemade pillows in...the wheels will make it easy to move around...
    ashley @ CL&J

  14. This turned out great!! I think I'm going to do something similar to the extra drawer I took out of my dresser turned media cabinet. Although, I can't do wheels otherwise the grandkids would think it's their very own "car" to wheel around my house. I'm going to do small wooden legs, paint and distress it and then keep it in the corner to put pillows and throws in. Now watch the cat think "my very own litter box"!

  15. That patina is just the BEST! And the addition of those wooden wheels and bow? Perfection, Susan!!! Love it all! :)

    xoxo laurie

  16. Wheels make everything better. Love what you did with this right down to the bow!

  17. Fantastic idea... the possibilities are endless!

  18. LOVE the basket and those great casters really bumped it up a notch! great job. I'll be featuring this post tomorrow for Be Inspired!

  19. i really love this idea, susan! happy weekend!

  20. great idea to glue the casters on. Love this look!

  21. love the basket! great job. Little Bit from

  22. Love the basket...and the antique casters!
    I'm a new follower from

  23. Sweet, functional and great looking!! Very clever!!

  24. Love those old wooden wheels - thanks for sharing at our spring party!

  25. Love, love, love what you did with this...I have old wheels I've been wanting to use!


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