Outdated / Updated: picnic basket

Yep, it’s that time of year again!  Time for the picnic baskets to come out of hiding.  We have had some SERIOUS picnic weather here in Oregon too!  70 degrees last week two days in a row!

P1190591ACK!!!  Why of WHY did someone ruin this perfectly nice picnic basket with those cheesy stencils?!?!?

P1190593Clean ‘innards’?  Check.  No broken and split side slats.

P1190592Inside lid is in good shape.  Elastic silverware holder in good shape.  Check and SOLD.

P1190622First step was to sand off the design on the lid.  A little more difficult that I had anticipated.  Since the wood slats aren’t perfectly level, some of the red from the hearts was still showing through when I dry brushed the lid.  So I had to go back over it and give it a ‘full coverage’ coat; then sanded it after it dried.

P1190625The rest of the basket literally took three minutes to paint using a dry brush technique.

P1190626The handles are a little tricky, getting the paint on the underside.

P1190623I chose to NOT paint the inside, but it would be easy enough to do so if you wanted to.

P1190621All set to go on a picnic!

P1190702Available for purchase at Stars Antique Mall; $29.00

Vintage oval picnic basket

P1150081The SHAPE of this vintage picnic basket is what first caught my eye on the shelf at the thrift store.  Picked it up and noticed the meticulously painted Noah’s Ark design on the lid.  (and that it’s painted BACKwards!  This is the direction that the basket open from!?!?  oops!)

P1150079I really almost didn’t want to destroy this beautiful painting!!  And I COULD have unhinged the existing lid, traced out the size on a new piece of wood, and easily replaced it.  But then what would I DO with the painted lid???  Donate it BACK to the thrift store?  I’ve been donating MORE than enough stuff lately, so I sanded off the design.  ***(and you DO need to SAND it off, because the paint lines would shoe through otherwise)

P1150134Don’t forget to check for clean ‘innards’ before you buy!  I NEVER buy picnic baskets that have fabric linings attached.  How the heck do you CLEAN the fabric?!?!  Occasionally though, I have found fabric lined ones where the lining can easily be ripped out.

P1150129LOTS of sanding to completely remove the original painting, a couple of coats of paint, a stenciled on design (facing the correct direction!) and a coat of varnish and done!

P1150132Just cleaned up the rest of the wood and left it ‘as is’ since it had a nice vintage patina.

P1150133Perfect!

P1150167Available in my booth at Stars for $32.00.

P1150168The ‘plain top’ split lid basket beneath it is $25.00.