This summer is going fast and behind the scenes I’ve been cleaning out in preparation for a huge downsize headed our way. With the downsize I’m doing my best not to bring more stuff home but sometimes I can’t resist.
So far I’ve donated about half of our home to my favorite thrift store, Twice Is Nice.
They seem to smile every time I show up but I’m pretty sure at this point they think I’m the crazy lady who is obsessed with getting rid of stuff.
Every now and then I like to step inside the store because they almost always have something fun that grabs my attention.
This last time I spotted a $3 gem, a picnic basket. It brought forward some neat memories and when the weather cools, Robert and I are going on a picnic.
Several picnics because life is short and sometimes you need to stop and enjoy!
So, for three dollars I couldn’t pass it up. But wait it didn’t look all shinny and crisp – the poor thing needed a makeover.
Here it is the sad little picnic basket, I had a plan and it didn’t take long to accomplish because the vision was simple, kind of like me.
Supplies were handy in the workshop so I got started right away.
The basket was dusty making it necessary to spray with the garden hose and air dry before beginning.
Project Supply List
- Varathan Dark Walnut Stain – Home Depot
- Ribbon – Hobby Lobby
- Waverly White Chalk Paint – Walmart
- Paint brush and Scissors helped put it all together
I painted the entire surface and handle using a dry brush effect; this is so easy. You lightly add the paint beginning inside, follow with the handle and then cover the entire exterior of the basket.
As I was painting thoughts of childhood picnics transpired and then I remembered the fun nontraditional picnic outings with our own little family. Robert always made every moment more like an adventure, it was awesome!
My life has been filled with wonderful memories and many revolve around picnics.
Adding Stain and Ribbon
Presentation is everything so moving beyond the chalk paint was necessary. The next step was to apply stain in and outside the lid.
I used a brush staining with the grain. After drying a few hours in the hot sun the lid had this nice shine, so far we were on a roll.
The Ribbon Addition
The final step was to include ribbon, this consisted of one ribbon tie to each side of the basket handle, and this really brought everything together.
The last addition was to grab a table cloth leftover from my grandma. My plan is to just keep this gently inside and use when Robert and I share picnics. I just love that color!
Simple pleasures are another way we move forward with living a great life. When I look at this basket I’m reminded of happy times, neat memories and the new adventures to come.
That really makes me smile and when cooler temperatures arrive in September I’m hoping to celebrate our anniversary in the country sharing a picnic at a new place we’re going to call home.