I dry brushed it with a Rustoleum American Accents black paint. Two coats. Distressed it a bit with sandpaper, and then rubbed a walnut stain over the basket with a rag. I put one coat of paste wax over that.
So now it looks like this. I am happy with it!
I have been picking up some cheap, aluminum or tin kitchen utensils when I run across them.
At first I thought these were gingerbread cookie cutters, but they are very heavy. I think they are cake molds? Not sure, but I think you baked your gingerbread men right in them. No maker marks. I think they may be homemade. The legs and arms are not a uniform size, and they appear to be spot welded.
Recent utensil finds: a yellow Foley jar opener, aluminum salt and pepper shakers, jar tongs with green wood handles, a cup with "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in raised lettering, an aluminum funnel, and Mirro gravy shaker.
And some stuff that I already had: aluminum measuring cups, Jello molds, and a Bromwell sifter.
I think the basket works out well for displaying my utensil collection. (I hate the cable cord dangling from my TV in the photo though!!!!!!)
Since my laundry room is right next to my kitchen, I could set the basket on this stool too!
Do any of you collect old kitchen utensils?