1. Spray paint the metal silver. I also did this same technique to a rubber basket-one of those cheap ones from the dollar store and it didn't look as good, so I would say look for a metal basket.
2. Paint the basket with a dark brown paint. You can use any type of paint, whether it be craft paint, or wall paint. I have even used dark shoe polish before. Paint just a little bit at a time so that you can wipe it off before it dries too much.
3. Use a dry rag to wipe the paint off- a little paint will stick in the grooves and corners giving it the antiqued look.
You will be left with a vintage looking basket. Definitely beats the colored ones I had before!
These baskets had a little slot in the front for a name card so I spray painted some card stock with my chalkboard paint and cut it to fit in the slot.
With some chalk, I wrote little labels on the baskets and filled them with some vintage kids books I got from a vintage market.