Beautiful friends, thank you for stopping by today! I’m always so thrilled when ya’ll visit! I am continuing to work through the second small group of pieces I pulled from my storage room.
On Thursday I shared the first piece, a night table I had painted back in 2013 that was in need of an update, and today I’m sharing what I did with this vintage picnic basket I picked up for $6.95:
Ya’ll know I am a sucker for baskets, but picnic baskets are my favorite!
This thang looked like it had been banged around for years, but it was all intact, so it was definitely coming home with me! I think it was ready for a little TLC. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I decided to go white with this one (surprise!) to start and gave it one coat of Dixie Belle’s Cotton on the bottom and two coats on the lid…
I chose to brush the paint on with a brush instead of using spray paint this time. Chalk paint has a texture that you just can’t get with spray paint. One coat wasn’t enough for solid coverage, but I love the look after a good sanding when only using one coat. I used 150 grit sandpaper this time to roughen it up a bit more than usual.
I just love the look of white painted baskets!
Oh but wait…what’s that on the top??
I decided this needed more than just a coat of white paint, so I decided to fancy it up a bit by adding something special to the top!
This is a transfer by Redesign with Prima and it is called White Fleur. You can find it on Amazon HERE.
I had hoped to carry a few transfers in my shop since Dixie Belle sells them, but they sell out so quickly, and I didn’t want to offer what I couldn’t deliver. I do have several in my booth if you are local though!
This was a large transfer that came in three pieces. I chose to use the parts with the yellow flowers since I thought they were perfect for the top of a picnic basket!
Applying transfers really couldn’t be easier! Here’s how:
- First, I cut the top piece just an inch or so wider than I needed and peeled the backing off of the whole piece.
- I lined it up with the top edge of the basket top and rubbed it across to hold it in place.
- Then I used the included burnishing tool to apply pressure across the entire transfer until the image had completely transferred to the top of the basket.
- Before peeling away the top film, I used a razor blade to trim the excess off.
- I cut the second piece the same and pulled the backing off.
- I carefully lined it up with the pattern on the first piece. (As opposed to willy nilly slapping it on ha ha.)
- Again, I used a razor blade to remove any excess before removing the top film…
- Then I gently pulled the top film away…
If any of the transfer still remains on the top piece, just lay it back down and burnish that area until it sticks to your surface. I also ran my sandpaper across the surface lightly, and around the edges, but that is not a necessary step at all.
The inside got a quick coat of spray primer:
Honestly, I would love it even if it was just painted white…
I just love the texture of a white painted basket that has a little distressing…
But the transfer sure does add a sweetness to it!
BUT wait, there’s more!
I’m sharing another basket from this group as well since it just got a very simple makeover. Here it is before:
It was $1.95 at the thrift store.
As you can see I removed the little painted wood slice on the front.
I found these numbers at the thrift store for 45¢ and knew I could use them for something:
After sanding the basket, I decided to add one to the front.
I had to pry the clothespin off the back first. Then I used my favorite drill to drill a small hole on either side so I could attach it to the basket with craft wire. I took a photo this time since a few of you asked how I had attached the sign to this basket a few weeks ago…
I just pushed the wire through the front on one side and use my needle-nosed pliers to twist it into a circle so it wouldn’t go all the way through. Then I pulled it out the other side and secured the wire the same way.
I sealed inside and out using Rustoleum’s clear matte spray.
This would be cute on the counter in a guest bath or in a guest bedroom holding fresh towels for your guests:
And that’s two more done!
If you missed the night table, it is no longer blue and you can see it HERE!
And guess what?? I’ll be back TOMORROW too! I’m joining the Seasonal Simplicity tour once again and I am using one of the above items for a Fall craft…this basket:
UPDATE: See what I did with this basket HERE now!
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