Thursday, May 17, 2012

Basket Re-make

A few weeks ago I found this cute picnic basket at Goodwill. I knew I could make it adorable and it would be a fun project. My goal to balance my life is to have one really fun project a week. I would like to have one every day but cooking, cleaning, gardening and Mothering gets in the way of that. So if I do a project a week I feel like my creative energy is being satisfied. I don't know how some of you are able to do so much! So here is this weeks project.

Though I believe it is meant to be a picnic basket I think it makes a great crafting basket--to take things with me if I want to work at a project somewhere else. I used to go to crops and stuff all the time, and this would have been perfect. I think it is so cute.  Photos below show what it looked like when I bought it.

The first thing I did was take it in the back yard and paint it white. Then I use my finger tip distressing method found in this post.  After that I applied a water slide decal from The Polka dot closet found here.  The water slide decals are so fun! I have to admit I screwed a couple up--but after e-mailing with Carol and having a few "duh" moments I think I have the knack of it now. I think I will really enjoy doing these on lots of projects.

Then I started working on the inside. I took out the previous lining and sort of used it as a pattern for the new lining. I used my new favorite fabrics. :) 

I used the hot glue gun to hold the fabric down and then I trimmed around the edges. I made a little pocket in the back. After that I glued a ruffle around the edge which covered the raw edges.

I am so happy with this little basket!

Now to get back to housecleaning:)

I will end this post with a picture of the gorgeous petunia basket Eileen gave me on Mothers day. What a great friend she is! I look at this basket hundreds of times a day as it is hanging outside my dining room sliding glass door.

Enjoy the season:) Thanks for visiting!


Lady of the Woods said...

I'd love to finish a project every day too but lately I've just been exhausted and I have no family. But that basket is gorgeous, not just pretty, gorgeous!

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Sandy!

What a difference some paint and a little fabric make. That basket is so cute!

Also, the hanging Petunia basket is very pretty and just think how large it will get by the middle of the summer!

Thanks for sharing again at my party.

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Beautiful transformation of the basket Sandy!! I haven't created anything new in over 2 weeks! Had the garage sale last week, and this weekend we are having a small party here to celebrate my oldest graduation College, so busy working on things for that this week, lol :) Hopefully next week I will be able to get back into my sewing room and make some new pretties :)

Wishing you a wonderful upcoming weekend!
Warmest hugs, Brenda

Unknown said...

Beautiful! You did a fantastic job, I'm pinning!

Lucille said...

You did a fantastic job with that basket. Thanks for those links. I will look them up.

Julie said...

Sandy - your basket is GORGEOUS!!! I can't even get one project a week done. I always seem to bite off more than I can chew so you should be very proud of yourself to get one done with everything else on your plate. J

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

Your basket turned out just perfect!

Amy Jo

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

This basket is beyond pretty! You have really created a most beautiful treasure! Love the colors and the fabrics ~ lovely!

Susan Freeman said...

It's adorable! I am your newest follower.

Susan and Bentley

LifeLessOrdinary said...

Oh, your basket is so pretty and you know I adore that fabric of yours. Good idea about using it to carry crafting supplies in. And yes, that petunia is gorgeous! Lucky you :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a fabulous idea!! I have got to find a picnic basket!!! I just love it and the fabric is fabulous!! I made you a special sheet of decals, with everything you love. I will mail it this weekend.


Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I absolutely love what you did to this basket! Every little detail is perfect, from the material to the image. I will have to be on the look out for one of these!
Pretty flowers hanging on your deck! I love the birdhouse, too.
I don't know how these bloggers have the time to do it all! I am so busy in the gardens and working and LIFE that I don't have as much time to blog in the summer as I do in the winter. So busy!!


Karena said...

Sandy your basket is so lovely including your new fabric inside! Adore your hanging basket of bright pink flowers!

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farmhouse-story said...

just darling--inside and out, sandy! love your cute bench, bh with the beautiful flowers!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Sandy,

I just love your basket re-do! It is so pretty in white and the inside fabric is gorgeous.

Connie said...

Your basket is so cute. I have one I bought for 50 cents years ago and I keep my kitting inside. Mine wasn't lined. You are so talented. Your hanging basket is absolutely stunning. I can see why you enjoy it so much.
Your paint you chose for your house is beautiful. What is the color?

Grandma Carolee said...

What a transformation...your basket is beautiful!! That is one of the most beautiful hanging flower baskets I've ever seen. What a good and generous friend Eileen is!!.

Amy Chalmers said...

What a beautiful basket! I love the fabric you used.

Rebecca Nelson said...

I love that basket! It came out fabulous! What a GREAT GREAT makeover my friend. Whoot! Whoot!

Also went back and read about that spanish copper stuff. OMGOSH...I'm going to try that!



Laurel Stephens said...

What a gorgeous idea and project! Makes me want to take a cute man on a picnic! : )

Donna at the Scarlet Petticoat said...

what a nice job you did! having this basket will inspire you to work on your projects!

Karen said...

That turned out so pretty. I have a basket very similar to that in my shed. I've been trying to decide what to do with it. Your basket has given me a lot of inspiration, I love it.

Janet said...

Your little basket is so adorable! I just love it!

Lady Pamela said...

Hi Sandy,
You make it look so easy. I had an opportunity to buy a basket but thought it would be too difficult to pretty up. Wish I had it now.
May I add your basket photo to my Pintrest board? Thanks.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful makeover, Sandy! I love it white and the decal is a nice finishing touch. The fabric looks great inside.

Nann said...

Sandy you are a genius! I love your basket and it never dawned on me to turn one like that into such a functional and yet beautiful piece. You always come up with the neatest projects!!! LOove it!


PS The chocolate, caramel, pecan potato chips are addictive. Your family will love them!!

Nann said...

Sandy you are a genius! I love your basket and it never dawned on me to turn one like that into such a functional and yet beautiful piece. You always come up with the neatest projects!!! LOove it!


PS The chocolate, caramel, pecan potato chips are addictive. Your family will love them!!

Unknown said...

What a lovely basket. It would make a ovely wedding gift too! Sure is amazing what white can do!
Have a relaxing weekend..

Anonymous said...

Oh, my! Your basket looks so beautiful! Love the image on top and the way you've lined it - so pretty.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Your basket is just adorable! I've lined a basket before and it's not an easy project. You did a great job! Much, much cuter than the before pic!

Cindy said...

Oh my god, what an incredible transformation! You took an ordinary basket and made it so special and pretty... i absolutely love it!


Sandi said...

Your picnic basket redo is adorable!! Love it!!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Sandy!
You sure know how to have fun...this is beautiful!!
I forgot to let you know I mailed your magazine last week!

Carolyn said...

I love the basket-especially the pretty fabric inside! You did a great job.


Pam Kessler said...

One project a week sounds like a good plan. Your basket looks so different than when you bought it. I'll have to check out the water slide decal thing.

Pam Kessler said...

OK, I'm back. I love those decals. I'm going to order some right now. Thanks for the link.

Candylei said...

Love the added decal on top!

Bliss said...

Catching up on my blog reading. Love how the basket turned out. I have a basket and have got several good ideas on what to do with it, so gotta pin yours to remind me.