Sunday, May 13, 2012

Vintage Picnic Baskets

Before I show you my latest project I want to tell you that today is my One Year Blogiversary!!!!!!!!! Thank you all for being apart of my first year blogging! I've loved sharing my projects with you and I appreciate every single one of your comments and your friendship! I'll be putting together a fun giveaway box filled to the brim with vintage goodies I love, so check back soon!!!

Ok, now onto the rest of my post. 

Last month when I first started shopping for things to fill my booth, I came across three vintage picnic baskets in one day! I bought them all! One sold within a week, the other two just sat there. So, to help them stand out from the other baskets I saw in several other vendor's booths, I decided to give them a makeover.

Here are the baskets in their original state. I watered down some Antique White latex paint and whitewashed both baskets inside and out.



Then, for one basket I found an image from The Graphics Fairy and transferred it onto the lid using mod podge. I found this transfer method from Susan at Homeroad. It works great!!!

Find an image and print it out in reverse. Cut out around your transfer and apply a thick coat of mod podge directly on your image. 

Place it face down on your surface and smooth out all the bubbles. Then let it sit over night to dry. 

Once your project has dried overnight, saturate the paper with water. I used a spray bottle. 

Gently rub your finger over the paper until it peels away and you can see the ink transfer clearly. 

You're left with an awesome image!!! See the area around the image that looks sanded? I had to sand off my first transfer attempt because I didn't use enough mod podge. When I started to rub the paper, some of the letters peeled completely off. 

The other basket I just did a simple stencil.
 
(I did touch up the areas on both baskets where I sanded after I took these pictures) 

 Don't they look so pretty!?! I love the whitewashed look!


I wish I had the space in my house to keep this entire setup! I think the whites and metal look so pretty together! 

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54 comments:

  1. Your baskets are adorable! I seen them in your booth. They look great. Happy Mother's Day, Dee

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  2. I have a stack of these waiting to be cleaned and painted for my booth. I use the Graphics Fairy all the time and love her images. I am going to "borrow" your idea for antiquing these baskets - maybe they will sell better! I love the white vignette. If you have time, I use a wet transfer method on color images you might be interested in. Come visit. I found you over at It's Overflowing.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

    (Happy Blogiversary! (I'm still a newbie!)

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  3. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! YAY! Those baskets should sail out of there now! THey are gorgeous.

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  4. Turned out beautiful. I have a picnic basket that was my mothers and it could use some TLC. Great idea.

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  5. How cute! I have baskets like this in thrift stores, now I'll buy one for a makeover:)

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  6. Thanks for sharing--I have a picnic basket I can't wait to redo!

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  7. Happy blogoversary! This is my first visit to your blog. I'm visiting from the Meet Me Monday Party where I saw your link. I see these old picnic baskets all the time at an auction that I attend weekly. I really like how you whitewashed them, so the next time I see one, I'm going to get it!

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  8. Oh I like this. Nice idea.
    Looks like it is old.
    Pat

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  9. Congrats on one year of blogging! Your baskets turned out so cute with the added graphics. They give them a lot more personality.
    Mary Alice

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  10. The baskets turned out so pretty! You did a great job.

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  11. Those are so pretty, you did a fabulous job!! Love your vignette, Thank You for sharing and have a wonderful night!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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  12. These are beautiful. Such a simple change but dramatic. The graphic is just right! I found you at Joy 2 Journey's Sunday Stop!

    Liz

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  13. Very charming!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  14. Your baskets turned out fabulous, Melissa! I've used that MP method on clay pots, too. A couple of posts ago, I wrote about how I aged a picnic basket I dug out of my barn and stenciled on it. Yours could be twins to mine! lol! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  15. These turned out great!! Thanks for the info on the graphics. ~Zuni

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  16. This is what I call my "Style"...
    Great post...
    Stop by for a visit sometime...
    Blessings Lori

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  17. Congratulations on one year of blogging. I love your pretty baskets.

    Dee

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  18. Oh I love the baskets. How gorgeous. I need to remember that transfer method. How fun is that. They do look amazing, and congrats on the anniversary. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  19. Very pretty. I was just thinking yesterday I would love an old fashioned picnic basket.

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  20. Wow! Very pretty!!! Thank you for showing it off to us at "The Sunday Stop"... Now I want to go make one! :)
    Hugs,
    Bj

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  21. I am now your newest Linky and google follower :)
    Hugs,
    Bj

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  22. Your baskets are gorgeous! I love the images you chose for them. They fit perfectly! Coming over from Faded Charm and so glad I did!

    Jeanine

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  23. I have yet to try any transfer projects but yours just may be my inspiration to do one. They turned out great! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Love them!
    Fondly, Tami
    www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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  25. I totally love the look of the new baskets. What a great idea you idea to make yours stand out. I think they are showing out a little bit in there with all those other plain ones. :)

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  26. These are beautiful together. I also love that white with metal look--it's so peaceful.

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  27. Those turned out so fantastic! I love them with the additions!

    Beautiful!
    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  28. Love them!!! I bet they will fly out of the shop now :) Laurel

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  29. Cute! love the character you added! Little Bit p.s. I'm finding a way to follow you lf or fb

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  30. Oh, how nice. I had one like this once and foolishly sold it at a garage sell $4. LOL! Go figure.

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  31. This looks wonderful...a great project! Thanks for the tutorial! Hopped over from the Vintage Inspiration party...

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  32. I am absolutely in love with the baskets. What a gorgeous transformation. You are always so amazing. I really enjoyed this beautiful post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party? Hope to see you there!

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  33. These are gorgeous! Love the whitewash and that transfer method is genius :) Happy blogiversary!

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  34. Charming, pretty baskets! Happy blogiversary, and thanks for sharing this at Handmade Tuesdays.

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  35. Zowie! Those are the most stunning baskets, thanks so much for the fabulous tutorial. Very happy new linky follower C:

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  36. The baskets are awesome! Makes me want to plan a little picnic.

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  37. So pretty! What a beautiful job! Happy one year anniversary!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  38. Love it! Looks great. I'm excited to be a new follower! I would love you to follow me back at http://iheartpears.blogspot.com

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  39. Your picnic basket turned out SO lovely! Makes me wanna go on one right now! BEAUTIFUL.

    <3 Christina
    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com
    Thanks for linking up at the Wildly Original Round Up linky party!

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  40. What beautiful baskets! Here from Just Us Four, now following you too. Tanya :)

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  41. Love your basket updates - really pretty!

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  42. These are so cute! We are so glad you came to another week of our fun "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Please join us again! -The Sisters

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  43. Happy anniversary! I just painted one of these baskets and can't settle on what image to transfer. Thanks for the nudge to get over the indecision! ~ Maureen

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  44. Very, very pretty!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  45. Love 'em, featured you, thanks for linking up!

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  46. These are wonderful, love the numbers, too!!

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  47. It is awesome! Thank you for the tutorial. I will pin it linking it back to you if you don't mind.
    Ciao Rita
    you can find me Rita Reade "Mammabellarte" on Pinterest

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  48. It looks fantastic!
    Can I ask you - you use inkjet or laserjet?
    Thank you!

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