Hello sweet friends! I’m back today with an upcycled picnic basket and a quick NO SEW liner tutorial, but it was almost a big fat FAIL!
You’ll see what I mean in a bit.
Here is said picnic basket:
It was $6.25 and all orange tags were half off, so I got it for just over $3.
I had an idea for this one and set out to make my vision come to life.
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(The lid and the base were rigged with wire holding them together, so I removed that and was able to separate them.)
Since this brush has natural bristles, it will be easier to clean if you rinse out the paint as soon as you’re done painting.
Then, I started bringing my vision to life by adding a row of black stripes using FrogTape to tape them off:
Perfect! So far, so good!
Then, I added stripes going the opposite direction:
I forgot to get a picture because when I removed the tape, it didn’t look quite like what I was going for.
So, I used up a bunch of tape again and added some white squares back:
And, this is what I got:
If you are questioning how this is going to work out in the end, SO WAS I!!
Ha ha! I was going for a buffalo check…not a checkerboard!
Now I could have just shown y’all the first two steps and left out the hideous checkerboard reveal, but this was way more fun! And that is just how projects go sometimes!
I’m ten years into this makeover thing and I still have fails! But, I keep going!
I had no choice but to ditch the black altogether, and that is exactly what I did…
Good bye checkerboard!
After applying this coat of white primer, I added another coat of chalk paint over it and called it a day!
(I could have used spray paint instead of brushing on chalk paint, but I much prefer the texture that chalk paint adds.)
Then I started working on how I could embellish it a bit.
I found a little sign that I used on this Spring Floral Basket several years ago. I ended up doing something else with the basket, so I’ve had this sign just hanging around.
I painted it all white and added a mini transfer from one of my favorite transfers, the Classic Vintage Labels transfer set:
That and a cute tag I made from wood scraps gave this picnic basket a fresh new feel!
Kind of charming right?
I actually liked how the first set of black stripes looked, but I’m always game for a simple white basket.
This little sign with the transfer added a little extra something to dress up this otherwise plain basket…
I get asked often how I attach my signs. You can see more details on that in THIS POST. (There are two basket makeovers in that post!)
Baskets like this are fantastic to use as extra storage that you can keep right out in the open!
How about that fun tag?
I cut it from scraps and gave it a base of black spray paint. Then I added the number using this stencil.
A good sanding to distress it and some clear wax to seal and it was ready to go.
The little key started out silver and came in the mail with an ad from a local realtor. I immediately thought Ooh! I can use that on a basket!
The fabric I used inside was my inspiration for the black and white color theme. I found some black and white toile in my stash that I knew I wanted to use to line the inside:
No Sew Basket Liner
To make a no sew basket liner, I used my rotary cutting set to cut a piece of fabric just about a half inch or so larger than the bottom of the basket all the way around:
I used my hot glue gun to glue it in place by running a bead of glue all around the outside edge. You can see here that the fabric comes up the sides just a bit…
Then I cut the piece for the sides about and inch or so wider than the width of the side…
The rotary cutter and straight edge make perfectly straight cuts with minimal fraying.
I folded the fabric over at the top and the bottom and ironed it to create nice finished edges on the top and bottom…
If your fabric needs to be pieced together to make it long enough to go all the way around in one piece, you can use hot glue to connect two ends together:
Then, I just glued it right into the basket, adding a bead of glue at the top and bottom of the side:
And that’s it! I try to end the fabric in a corner, so it is less noticeable.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I reattached the top to the bottom with simple white ribbon…you can barely see it through the cracks in the photo above.
This picnic basket project was almost a big fail, but I think I got it back on track!
That’s another one from my biggest haul ever done!
See anything you might have missed at these links:
HERE are 10 more mini makeovers using the Classic Vintage Labels Transfer set:
I’ll be back here on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls and this very plain flatware box:
UPDATE: See how I glammed it up for the holidays HERE now!
I hope to see you then!
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