Wicker Basket Makeover: Easy Upcycle Idea
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Got an old wicker basket that could do with a makeover? Here is a super easy idea how you can revamp and upcycle your old wicker baskets and bring them right up to date to fit in with your home decor.
Hello Kenarry readers and a ‘Happy New Year’ to you all! I’m Sam from A Happy Home In Holland.
I really can’t believe it’s already 2017! 2016 has flown by for me but I am now ready and raring to go and the creative juices are already flowing.
As one of my goals for 2017 is to complete more of my DIY upcycle projects, I thought I’d get right on track and share one of them with you all here on Kenarry.
After sorting out some of my old junk I came across these old wicker picnic baskets that I had promised myself I would get around to revamping.
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As you can see they had been gathering dust for quite some time. But I really didn’t want to throw them away as I thought with a little TLC they would make quite good storage pieces.
I chose the smallest wicker basket to have a go with first and decided to go with a simple white and grey design so that they would fit in with the rest of our home decor.
Upcycled Wicker Basket Makeover Steps
Here’s what I did (including the mistakes I made and what I would do differently next time)
First I gave the wicker basket a wash with some warm soapy water then I allowed it to dry completely.
When I decided to do this my trusty spray paint supply was up but me being as impatient as ever decided to just go ahead and paint it with some white acrylic paint that I had sitting in my craft room.
Using a normal 2″ paint brush I had to give it three layers in total to completely cover it. I actually found this a bit tedious as painting in all the nooks and crannies with a paint brush was quite time consuming (note to self – next time wait until I have a can of spray paint 😉 ).
Initially I wanted to paint 3 stripes in the centre of the basket (one thick and two thinner stripes). I used masking tape to block the areas I wanted to keep white ….. but unfortunately this did not work! The lines were really wobbly and uneven so I ended up just carefully painting straight lines (without tape) up to the bamboo strips and filling in the middle bits completely.
(when I paint the other two baskets I will make sure I just use the thicker bamboo strips as guidelines)
I allowed this to dry.
Then I used some black/grey paint for the handles and some gold paint mixed with a tiny touch of black on the clasps to give it a bit of a bronzed metallic feel.
I also wanted to jazz the front up but wasn’t sure what to use.
So I played around with a few different options and then came up with the idea of using burlap squares.
First I cut 2 squares, one slightly larger than the other.
Then I painted the smaller square with the white acrylic paint.
When dry I glued them onto the front of the basket and started looking for something to add to the center.
After hunting around the house for something to stick on the front I found this paper ‘home’ image. This was not what I had in mind exactly but I stuck it on as a temporary solution until I can find or make something that I like better.
(I think it would look great with an embroidered or stamped design on a piece of linen or a stamped metal tag)
I still have two more baskets to makeover but am thinking of doing these in different colours to match my daughter’s room.
You can find more easy DIY projects and inspiration over on the A Happy Home In Holland blog
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