Saturday, July 6, 2013

Dave and Annette's Picnic Basket

While on the hunt for an old table that I could upcycle, I found an adorable vintage picnic basket. The owner's of the picnic basket were obviously Dave & Annette and I was sure that if it could talk, it would have lots of stories to tell. I envisioned Dave and Annette as a lovely young couple on vacation in Vermont and purchasing this as reminder of their trip. Through the years the basket would be taken along on many family outings filled with love and laughter.

Picnic Basket, Vermont, Basketville, Paint, Upcycle, Spray Paint, Not Just Paper and Glue, Tammy Malone

As time goes on somehow the picnic basket, that was once filled with wonderful memories, found its way into the resale shop where I purchased it for a dollar.

The first thing that was this basket needed was a coat of paint. What better colors to use than red and white - perfect for a picnic!

Picnic Basket, Vermont, Basketville, Paint, Upcycle, Spray Paint, Not Just Paper and Glue, Tammy Malone
I didn't get any pictures of the painting process, sorry.
I first removed the lid to the basket by taking out the screws on the back. I chose to leave everything else in tack. For color, I used Rust-oleum Apple Red Gloss and White Gloss spray paint on the basket.

Picnic Basket, Vermont, Basketville, Paint, Upcycle, Spray Paint, Not Just Paper and Glue, Tammy Malone, Instructions
  • The name and picture was painted on the top of the basket and after applying my first coat of paint, I quickly realized that the image would need to be sanded so as not show. 
  • Once it was sanded, I sprayed the entire basket, inside and out, with 2 coats of the Apple Red Gloss spray paint. I also sprayed the lid, top and inside. 
  • When it was completely dry, I used a misting technique on the entire basket and set it aside to dry.
  • I used my Silhouette to cut out the 3 Way Ornate frame (Samantha Walker) and a monogram letter from white paper to first layout the design on the basket lid. 
  • Once I was happy with the look, I cut the design from white vinyl and adhered it to the lid. 
  • Now that the basket was almost completed, I reattached the lid to the basket using the original screws. 
Lining the basket was going to be tricky since I do not sew.
  • I cut a piece of material large enough that it would fit inside and I used Heat'n Bond tape to hem the material.
  • Since I wanted to be able to remove the liner, I attached velcro to the hem of the material and also to the basket. This gives the liner a gathered look and it has worked for me so far. 

We have used the basket several times but now I need to find some dishes to go with my basket.
Side Note: When I went to purchase this basket, the lady behind the counter said to my husband and I, "Oh, are your names Dave & Annette?" I said, "No" and she gave me a funny a look. I guess she must not have been a crafter....

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