How to Repurpose a Metal Magazine Basket

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I love a great thrift store haul!

It's a rare visit when I walk out empty handed. Nearly every single time I shop, I find something that can be upcycled or repurposed (my personal favorite).

By the way: Do you know the difference between upcycling and repurposing?

Let me show you how I repurposed a boring metal magazine basket into a fun and functional new item.

how to repurpose a metal magazine basket

This is what I found - a plain, dusty, white magazine basket. Nothing special.

It had one feature though that earned it a second look - it's metal.

Metal always grabs my attention. While it may be something else for you, if a piece catches your eye, it's likely going to have potential for you. (Thrift store shopping Tip number 1)

how to repurpose a metal magazine basket

The ivy leaves were a cute accent.

Dated, but cute.

I could fix that though. I decided to use them as the theme of my project and boom - I knew exactly what to do with it.

how to repurpose a metal magazine basket

First I cooked a huge pot of spaghetti for dinner and washed out the empty tomato sauce cans.

After they dried well, I painted them with Rust-Oleum's Gray Hammered Metal Finish spray paint.

I also gave the magazine basket a paint job too - with my very favorite color - Oil Rubbed Bronze. I've lost count of the projects I've shot with this paint. I just can't get enough of it.

how to repurpose a metal magazine basket

And...that plain and discarded magazine basket is now a handy and useful garden tool caddy!

No more lost tools or gloves and I even have a spot to hold sunscreen for those gardening sessions that run long.

how to repurpose a metal magazine basket

Finding the good stuff isn't really that hard. I have some tips and tricks I use that never let me down. Click the link below and visit the blog to get more tips and your FREE downloadable Thrift Store Shopping Cheat Sheet.

Happy Thrift Shopping!

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