We are in full-on summertime mode here, with hikes, road trips and picnics! I got our “new” picnic basket at a yard sale for $10- it’s clean, sturdy and BIG! But it was also pretty plain. So I gave it a makeover using Krylon spraypaint!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Krylon brand but all opinions are my own.
For this Krylon challenge, our color of the month was “Honeydew.” We were asked to pick some accent colors, too. And the theme this time around was “Nature and Reflection.”
Maybe I’m just easily led, but that pretty Oxford Blue looked great next to Honeydew.
(By the way, if you’d like more color inspiration and ideas, the Krylon Facebook Page has lots of both. You may want to head over and give it a “like” so it shows up in your feed.)
For this project, I used Krylon Fusion paint- it’s mostly marketed for plastic, but it’s great for wicker! As a matter of fact you can use it on wood, metal, wicker, wrought iron, plastic, hard vinyl, glass, plaster, ceramic, paper, and even paper mache! And the accent color is CoverMAXX and it has a super-fast dry time- it’s a paint and primer in one, too.
Now, to get to work!
First, I made sure my thrifted basket was free of debris. A light brushing with a cleaning brush did the trick.
Then I gave the whole basket a coat of paint. The wicker really soaks in the color, so it definitely needed two coats (1. ) When it was dry, I taped off the lid and protected the rest of the basket from overspray (2.) I used a stencil that had been sprayed with stencil adhesive and placed it on the top (3.) I then gave it a coat of that lovely Oxford blue. The design really pops! (4.)
Because I’m a sucker for small details, I taped off a section on the handles (5) and painted that blue as well (6). I have a few very expensive handmade baskets, and they feature an accent weave of a different color. I thought, “I can do that!” So again I used my trusty painters tape and isolated one weave (7) and painted that and the bottom (8).
Now I have a cute, custom basket for under $10! Those pricey handmade ones would cost easily over $100- so now I can spend THAT money on more craft supplies!
Here are a few more pics of my picnic basket– and that’s my great-grandmother Ethel’s handmade quilt. That’s a treasure, too.
Now who’s ready to go relax in the shade?
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Susan G says
You could take that absolutely gorgeous basket for a picnic to Edgewater Park. Although, I have to admit it’s been ages since I’ve been there, it used to be a great picnic/swimming place. Love your emails and videos. Thanks for the great info.