When I found this basket at the thrift store it was plain and boring--but I loved it's shape and size. (Sorry I forgot to take a before pic.)
I gave it a white washing with a little paint and added some numbers using homemade stencils. (My husband and I celebrated our 16th anniversary this year!)
I think the white wash and number give it a more aged look, and adds a bit of farmhouse charm I'm going for in my home.