Hi everyone! I hope you had a nice week-end. Thursday and Friday were absolutely delightful days here in the northeast–cool and dry, just the way I like it. On Friday, I stopped at a few garage sales as I drove to my shop to restock. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I also stopped and picked from a curbside junk pile on Friday and loaded my van with some pretty awesome junk. By 2 pm Saturday, it was over 90 degrees and humid, same on Sunday. Not my favorite weather, but my sweet husband and I shopped for a couple of hours at a neighborhood garage sale not too far away. I’ll show you all of my vintage finds tomorrow, so I hope you’ll come back to take a look. Today I want to show you a vintage, oak splint basket that I decided to give a little makeover.
Taking it from drab to fab did not involve many resources or much time–but I think the results are pretty amazing. The goal, of course, was to add to it’s vintage goodness, not detract from it.
In its “as found” condition, the basket is nothing to write home about. Larger picnic baskets constructed in this same style, dating to about the 1940s, can be easily found at garage sales and thrift stores. However, they are not particularly popular with collectors right now. A few weeks ago, I saw a painted splint basket on Pinterest and knew immediately that I wanted to give it a try. Unfortunately, I neglected to pin it, so I can’t give proper credit, but that picnic-sized basket in light blue/gray turned out beautifully.
I started out by mixing my own chalk paint–three parts acrylic craft paint to one part corn starch. I used “Green Moss.”
I applied the paint using a 1″ wide, nylon paint brush meant for painting on canvas with acrylics. Its thin edge allowed me to get into all the nooks and crannies of the basket. After painting about half of the outside, I went back with a clean, cotton rag and evened out the paint and rubbed off some of the high points. I wanted the paint to be somewhat translucent to allow some of the brown of the basket to show through. After letting the paint dry overnight, I then applied a thin coat of Minwax paste wax, let it sit for about ten minutes, and then buffed it with a piece of clean cheese cloth. The wax deepens the brown tones, while protecting the painted surface from moisture and scratching.
I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.
I like the play of the purple lavender and yellow lemons against the green.
Next time, I think I’ll try it out on a picnic-sized basket.
In fact, I have one languishing at my shop. It’s priced at just $20.00, but no one’s interested.
Maybe some green paint is just what it needs.
What do you think?
Yea or nay to the painting of vintage baskets?
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