Picnic Basket VINTAGE Makeover
Giving an old picnic basket a vintage makeover that I found when thrifting is what I will be showing you today! If you like to spend your weekends hunting for that perfect thrift store find or getting inspired at your local flea market, then you are in the right place. We love to take that old, outdated item and give it a fresh makeover in the most affordable and enjoyable way possible.
Now let’s get started and give this picnic basket a vintage makeover. We will take this thrift store find from drab to fab, in just a few simple steps.
SUPPLIES NEEDED TO FOR YOUR PICNIC BASKET VINTAGE MAKEOVER:
- Thrifted Vintage Picnic Basket
- DIY Paint – color Apothecary
- Dixie Bell Tobacco Road Voodoo Stain
- Dixie Bell Voodoo Gel Stain – color Tobacco Road
- IOD Transfer – “Wander”
- Flat edge tool
- Floral Swag Stamp
- Dixie Bell White Wax
1 – Woohoo! We found an amazing thrifted vintage picnic basket and let’s get ready to paint. Grab your DIY Paint, color Apothecary, and shake it up. With your gloves on and paintbrush, get started covering your basket with 1 coat. Work your paint into the grooves of your basket as thick as you like.
2 – Once your basket is covered, use a heat gun to speed up your drying process.
3 – To make your lid not so dull, grab your Dixie Bell Voodoo Stain, color Tobacco Road, and squirt just a small amount on the lid. With gloves on and a sponge, work your gel stain over the lid. Go back and forth. Don’t forget to do the handles of your vintage picnic basket to bring that wood back to life.
4 – Grab your “Wander” transfer from IOD, which is available in my market, and eyeball how much you want to use on the lid of your picnic basket. Cut out sections to fit your desired area and commit to the placement.
4 – Place the transfer down once you have removed the paper backing. With a flat edge, scrape your transfer onto the picnic basket lid. You will form a bubble as you scrape that will be your clue that you are doing things right! You will feel it catch the wood lid as you are scraping. This will be a workout for your arms, so be ready to feel the burn!
5 – Keep going, this process of transferring is time-consuming but well worth it. Once you have your transfer completely down, take the back of your transfer sheet, (the shiny side) and just burnish it by rubbing over it in circles.
6 – Decide if you want to add transfers on the sides of your picnic basket if you like.
7 – To seal the transfer, grab your Gator Hide and lightly brush it over the picnic lid.
8 – Use your heat gun from a distance to speed up the drying process. Tip* Not too close or it will blister your transfer.
9 – Once dry, grab your white wax and brush. With just a bit on your brush, lightly highlight certain areas of your basket to add a fun texture and dimension. This will make it pop and not look so flat.
10 – You could even place a transfer on the inside of your lid as well if you plan to style it in your home resting open.
11 – To stage and style your beautiful basket, there are several options…
- Grab some dowels, a bracket, or any handy idea to help prop your basket open. With foam on the bottom of the basket, insert your faux, large flowers to peek out.
- Grab a pretty blanket(s) to cascade out.
- Grab some ivy or ferns to peek out.
The options are endless. Whatever you decide, it will look fabulous. Happy crafting.
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