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Vintage Picnic Basket Makeover

Who’s game for a picnic? It’s the second Tuesday of the month and that means it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! A fun time where my blogger friends and I create new projects to inspire you to give DIY a try. Today, I’m in the mood for an vintage picnic basket makeover. Isn’t this a beautiful vintage piece?

Broken Vintage Picnic Basket Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Unfortunately, it’s a bit damaged and looking a little rough. Not only is the handle is busted off, but also the interior isn’t as pretty as it has potential to be. Likewise, you can see my past picnic basket makeovers HERE.

Damaged Vintage Picnic Basket Handle | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Inside Damaged Vintage Picnic Basket | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Who’s ready to see the vintage beauty revived? Let’s have at it! What is more, you’ll see the other gal’s projects in a bit.

REVIVAL

First, I need to address that broken handle. When looking close, the handles were attached into the braided edge with a bent nail, but not all the way through the basket edge. However, if I want to make this stable for future use, I’m needing to remedy that. Further, I use my tools to pry off the handles and give them a new coat of paint.

Aged Rust Spray Paint for Vintage Picnic Basket Handles | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, I head to my local hardware store (skip the big box stores, folks) and get new hardware.

New Picnic Basket Hardware for Upcycled Design | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, while I wait for the handles to cure, I tackle the picnic basket itself. I begin by taping off the diamond design and painting the interior and exterior with a custom mixed soft green color.

Taping Off Vintage Picnic Basket | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Painting Inside Vintage Picnic Basket with Custom Color | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Painting Upcycled Picnic Basket with Soft Green Paint | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Last, once I have that base coat on, I remove the tape and patiently highlight those beautiful caning details in the exterior of the basket. I want to give a nod to the original designer and era while updating it. What is more, this gives me a chance to add my own personal touches – a sort of therapy to let my brain unload.

FINISHING TOUCHES

As a result to the damaged handles, I need to make holes in that frame that will allow me to add the new hardware to support the weight of a filled basket. First, I use my drills to tap into the basket frame. That being the case, I also need to enlarge the basket handle holes as well using the same drill bit.

Drilling New Holes in Vintage Picnic Basket Edge | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Likewise, at the same time, I also want to add a bit of whimsy to the basket lid. I mean, who doesn’t love some fun, right?

PICNIC ANYONE?

Finally, my vintage picnic basket makeover is complete. It came from broken and dilapidated to a new lease on life.

Restored Vintage Picnic Basket | DIY Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #homedecor

Update a Vintage Picnic Basket with Paint by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #picnic #vintage #giftidea

Not only does the new hardware revive the function of this basket, but it also adds that lovely metallic touch. Also, here is a look at the party happening on the top.

Vintage Picnic Basket Lid with Hand-Painted Design by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #art

Hand-Painted and Stenciled Vintage Picnic Basket by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #vintage #picnic #farmhouse

By the way, there’s still plenty of room for fun on the inside. What would you take on your picnic? In all honesty, I’d take my family (tee hee). They are my best friends that I absolutely adore spending my time with in any form. I have such fond memories of just simply being in nature enjoying the blessings from God all around me.

Open Vintage Picnic Basket with Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #vintage

Hand-Painted 1950s Redman Picnic Basket by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #vintage #cottage

While my goal is always to inspire you to give DIY a try, I also hope you enjoy my creative adventures too. Additionally, if you’d like to make this vintage picnic basket a gift or part of your home story, you can find it and much more available in my online shop.

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    Vintage Tea Cart ~ $225

Hand-Painted Picnic Basket with French Design by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #makeover

Vintage Hydrangea Vignette with Picnic Basket by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #hydrangea

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A damaged and dilapidated vintage picnic basket is repaired and restored by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #makeover #diy

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    LOVE this!!! Soooo darned cute!!! I shared this with my sister who has never met a picnic basket she didn’t love. She uses them as end tables, storage and art. This definitely is an art piece!!! 💕😍💕

    • Larissa says

      How fun is that?!? You both a kindred spirits and we’d have fun with baskets! tee hee. Thank you, Rebecca.

  2. Shoshanna Wollman says

    I just found you, thanks ti Artsy Chicks Rule! I love how you took that worn-out looking basket and gave it new life. I love baskets and one of the ones I’ll be refurbishing soon is an old picnic basket.

    • Larissa says

      I’m so glad you found me, Stephanie! 😀 You are a kindred spirit.

  3. Mother Deer says

    This picnic basket revival turned out great! I love the diamond pattern and the colors that you chose. I have a question about the hardware pieces that you purchased for the handles; what are they called? I’ve never seen anything like them before.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much! Ya know, I normally dig stuff out myself, but this time I just asked the guy and he pulled them out of those boxes holding hardware and then I asked for washers…DONE. I could find out, but not sure at the moment.

  4. Cecilia from Georgia says

    Picnic baskets are getting harder to find in thrift stores but I keep looking! Love the detail and how you did the top. Nice work!

    • Larissa says

      They make such great storage for anything, really. Treasures to have for sure!

  5. Leah says

    Just a lovely rebirth… this make-over makes my heart happy! Picnic baskets are precious treasures in this day & age of instant everything, brings back a pace & time where we made our own food, found an inspiring place to break bread with people we love & thank God for all those blessings…so meaningful. Keep inspiring us!

    • Larissa says

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. Yes, a time to just be and be with those we love…as it was meant to be.

  6. Audra says

    This turned out so pretty! I love how you brought out the diamond details!

    • Larissa says

      Those were too pretty to hide. I just love these baskets! Thank you, Denise.

  7. Margie Fondse says

    I did a crewel picture years ago like the one you have in one of your pictures – same frame and everything! I enjoy your posts – thank you.

    • Larissa says

      That is so awesome! I just love fiber art. Great minds! Thank you for the smile, Margie.

  8. Donna says

    Larissa, this basket turned out so cute! I love that makeover!

    • Larissa says

      I’m so tickled to hear it, Donna. It took me hours, but I feel it deserved it. Thanks!

    • Larissa says

      My eyes were popping out by the time I was done, but I’m glad I did it. Thanks, girl!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you. It was a doozy to figure out the handles and repairs, but not too hard.

  9. Niki says

    Fun and playful Larissa! I like the diamond pattern and the colors you chose. For some reason I can’t reply to Mommy Deer but the screws for the handles are rivet screws I believe.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! Yes, I believe that’s what they are, but I remember a different name of sorts from the label on the box. Haste makes waste, right? haha. I’ll figure it out and update.

  10. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa! I love the way it came out. Great job!!

    • Larissa says

      happy dancing over here!! 😀 Thank you, Cheryl. It was fun to do.

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