Refurbishing an Vintage Picnic Basket

Hello dear blogging friends! I hope that you enjoyed your 4th of July weekend. Some of us celebrate the 4th as the birthday of our nation and those from other countries celebrate it as being another great weekend! I hope that it was all well for you.

I had the unexpected pleasure to go to Bear Lake – just outside of Logan Utah for a short over night stay at a friends vacation home. I can’t believe that I didn’t take pictures for you. It was an amazing home! 7000 square feet, 9 bedrooms, 4 kitchens and much more! Looking out the front window you could see the lake.  So peaceful and serene. Such a fun, fun time. Good friends, family and food make for an awesome weekend!

I’m sure that many of you have had the chance to do some picnicking. I love to pack a small meal up and eat it out in the country side. For some reason food just seems to taste better when you eat outside. One day after a great time junk’n I came home with a wooden vintage picnic basket. You should have seen the little one’s eyes light up! Yay, they all said in unison.  Picnic!

basket top

This is what I did to redo the vintage picnic basket. I painted it with a soft green paint. I wanted it to fit into the cottage look that I have in my kitchen. If I was really talented I would have painted some great roses on the top but since I’m out of practice I cut out some roses from some fabric that I had. Then found a copy of an old painting of a family that is picnicking. I added a piece of vintage wallpaper for it’s back ground and then mod podged it all on the top.


Here is how it turned out.

basket plate

Thanks to Cathy from 1929 Charmer blog I was able to add this lovely plate to my vignette. I won it from  a give a way that she had, and just received it today! Just in time for this picture to go into my post. I added a little garland with some vintage photos, a clock face and key, then clipped them on twine with clothes pins.

basket counter

I think that at a later date (when I decide to pull my sewing machine out , lol) I will make a lining for the inside of the basket. I really like the way that it looks sitting on my counter top. We use it often and have really enjoyed it.

Have you been picnicking lately? I would love to hear if you have and what you packed and where you went!

Have an enjoyable day!

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59 thoughts on “Refurbishing an Vintage Picnic Basket

  1. Love what you did to that picnic basket, with the vintage picnic photo and roses on top! It’s perfect! You just inspired me to look for one on E-bay to redo to use as a sewing basket…. hope you do not mind if I copy your design!
    Sounds like you had a fab 4th! I didn’t get to get up to my family lake house in PA but your description reminded me of the many times we sat on the front porch looking out to the wonderful view of the serene lake, where we often have had picnic lunches in the canoe. Hoping to get there for our 29th anniversary in August!
    Thanks for the inspiration-now I am getting on E-bay to look for a vintage picnic basket!


  2. Love the color you painted the picnic basket. I have two sitting downstairs and want to paint them but I feel guilty? So glad you liked the plate and it looks wonderful in your vignette! Have a great day!


  3. I love the picnic basket! So pretty! Sadly, I haven’t gone on a picnic in years. When the hubby and I first got married, we, of course went out and bought a picnic basket with all of the stuff in it and never used it. I can’t even remember if it’s buried in the garage somewhere or if we sold it at a yard sale. Jo, you’ve given me the inspiration to look for it now!


  4. My mother gave us a lovely picnic basket over 32 years ago as an engagement present and we still have it and use it occasionally. Truth be told, we typically turn to a practical albeit generic cooler to store our food but the basket has definitely gotten some good use over the years.

    You did a lovely job with your basket Anne! I adore the color (love green) and the plate you won works so nicely with the overall look and feel you were trying to achieve.


    (And yes…food DEFINITELY tastes better outside)


  5. Great color choice and your vignette looks pretty. I love picnics – my basket is vintage French that holds a bottle of wine and glasses too, oh those French!!!
    Your weekend to celebrate the 4th sounds like you had a wonderful visit.
    Sending kisses,


  6. Oh, oh, OH! What a sweet and pretty picnic basket, my friend! I just LOVE the color and the charming embellishments. I would go on a picnic every day if I had such a delightful basket 🙂

    Thank you for joining Roses of Inspiration this week. Hugs to you!


  7. Hi omg this Picnic Basket Makeover is way too pretty!!! I LOVE it and am sharing it on my Fb page today. Thanks so much for sharing it at our Something to Talk About Link Party and have a great day, Lisa at Concord Cottage


  8. I haven’t been on a picnic in ages, but I sure agree that food tastes so much better in the great outdoors. Love what you did to your picnic basket! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.


  9. What a wonderful treasure and now made even more so by your personal and lovely touch-up. Such a great idea, and I absolutely adore the picture you chose (which you mod podged). And the added touch with the twine and clipping on pictures or momento’s, well that just brilliant. How fun would it be to add photo’s of your picnics when you use this little treasure? Thanks for sharing.


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  11. I just love what you did to the picnic basket! I never thought to paint one and the embellishments are just so perfect. How clever is the picture with the roses. Just love it all!


  12. Jo, I love how you crafted your basket, and it looked super cute in your creative space. I just caught your basket featured on Jill’s blog – well deserved. And thank you for your visit over to Kim’s blog for my feature. She’s a great gal with hug talent. I loved seeing my blog friends visit with her.


  13. Well cutie, you’ve done it again! You never cease to amaze me. Love the color and love the embellishments! The mod podged roses and photo are just perfect and I love the little garland. Glad you got to get away. There is a darling home in the town of Paris, near by Bear Lake that has the most gorgeous garden! I always have to drive by it. Haven’t been on a picnic for a while, but I’ve been in the mood to. Thanks for sharing with SYC. I love it!!


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