Refurbished Vegetable Bin

Vegetable Bin Makeover

Did you ever have a great functional piece that you loved and hated.  This is the case with this vegetable bin.  The functionality is perfect, it is the right size, its hand made, its useful, I adore the chicken wire  and I loath the way it looks.

This piece is not really a find,  I paid full price for it at a gift shop and hid it in the pantry of our old house.  Unfortunately it did not fit in the pantry of this house so I hid it downstairs and quit using it.

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Vegetable Bin Refurbishing

The dark blue is a stain that may leech through the paint, after removing all the hardware it got a a good scrubbing.  I let the wood dry thoroughly before applying a thick coating of primer sealer.

The hardware was distressed to look rusted.   Using sandpaper I removed the rust paint by hand.  The hardware looks a bit like a star so I chose to keep it. We still had a bit of gold spray paint left over so the hardware got painted gold instead of nickel.  I think its looks alright that way.

After the primer dried the wood  was sanded smooth with 120 grit sand paper and then I put on two coats of white or grey paint, sanding and letting it dry between coats.

After the paint was all dried, I gave it a final light sanding and reassembled the vegetable bin.


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I considered stenciling Veggies, or transferring some antique labels to the bin, but decided I like just as it is.  No longer hid away in a closet or downstairs, its clean and crisp and functional and pretty enough to sit beside the pantry to store vegetables.

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  1. LeannaForsythe says:

    Hi Kathleen: I really love vintage items, so I look forward to your party every week. Western Canada doesn’t have a large assortment of really old vintage items so I enjoy your link party even if I am a “tad” jealous of the other bloggers awesome finds.

    Thanks for commenting, Leanna

  2. It looks just perfect! So great that you could revive it rather than keep it in the basement:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

  3. It looks stunning now Leanna. The color is so much better, just as fresh and clean as what the veggies will be. Great makeover

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Michelle: By now you know all about my affinity for white. I couldn’t see me painting this any other colour. White looks clean and for food that’s what I needed most.

      Thanks for commenting lady.

  4. It looks great! I had one of those that I got rid of a few years ago, now I wish I still had it. #HomeMattersParty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Storage is always an issue for me. With blogging its even more so. I have so much stuff lately.

      Sometimes you have to just toss. I tried to give it away but they kept forgetting to take it. I guess it was meant to be mine.

      See you at the party. Leanna

  5. Leanna, I love this vegetable bin! It does look crisp and clean with its new coat of paint. I would be excited to use it too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and co-hosting at the #HomeMattersParty

    Life With Lorelai

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I am really happy to be doing the #HomeMattersParty, its all learning by experience and I love it.

      This isn’t an elaborate makeover, I could have done stencils on it. I just felt it was good.

      See you at the party. Leanna

  6. Oh, I love a good makeover 🙂 This turned out great. #homemattersparty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Deborah: Thank you. See you at the party this week.

  7. What a nice update to the veggie bin. You won’t be keeping it hidden anymore as it looks so fresh and new.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Debra: Thank you. It was a quick fix and now its usable again. I should have done it awhile ago.

      Thank you for commenting. Happy New Years Leanna

    2. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Debra: Well worth the couple of hours work. I wish I had finished it much earlier. I think white is a better colour because I want anything I store food in to be bright and clean looking.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. Enjoy your day. Leanna

  8. What a beautiful new look for this vegetable bin! Thank you for sharing At & cohosting #homemattersparty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Michelle: Thank you so much for the invitation to co-host the #HomeMattersParty. Enjoy your week. Leanna

  9. I love makeover post like this one! I’m so in need of all the help I can get! Thanks for sharing, it looks great! #HomeMattersParty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Marisa: I love the link parties, lots of inspiration. This was a simple makeover. It always surprises me how much difference a quick paint job can make.

      Thanks for commenting. Leanna

  10. The vegetable bin looks so fresh with the crisp white and gold paint colors. It’s very cute set out in your kitchen, too. Thanks for sharing your DIY at the #HomeMattersparty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Nicole: I love link parties and am really excited to be part of the #HomeMattersParty. The bin was in too good a shape to toss out, now that I have it refinished I wish I had fixed it up earlier.

      Enjoy your week. Leanna

  11. It always amazes how a fresh coat of paint makes a vast difference in the look of a furniture. Looks great now. Great to be co-hosting with you. #HomeMattersParty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Sahana: I am excited to be participating in such a large link party as #HomeMattersParty. Lots to learn and I rally look forward to getting to know you better. Leanna

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