Monday, October 12, 2015

Thrifty DIY: Metallic Painted Picnic Basket

Give a plain wicker picnic basket a mixed metallic makeover!

My latest Thrifty DIY project for the Goodwill is all about the endless possibilities with wicker! Thrift stores are often filled with wicker baskets like this picnic basket I scored for a few dollars. 

While pretty as is, wicker is also a prime candidate for spray paint! I kicked my basket up a notch with a coat of copper spray paint which instantly turned the old basket into a modern piece. 

Give a plain wicker picnic basket a mixed metallic makeover!

I gave the top of my basket some metallic detailing in silver and gold using metallic markers. While this step took an hour or so, the doodling was pretty therapeutic - like coloring in a coloring book!

Give a plain wicker picnic basket a mixed metallic makeover!

My favorite part is the mixed metallic stripe design on the handle! I think it would be fun to try a version using a white basket with black doodling using a Sharpie, or experimenting with a palette of bright colored paint pens. Lots of options for drawing on wicker!

Give a plain wicker picnic basket a mixed metallic makeover!

The warm metallics make this the perfect picnic basket for fall. With the temps finally cooling down in Texas, I've been dreaming of packing this up with a bottle of wine and some goodies and heading outdoors for a special picnic! Even though they make all the handy insulated bags and coolers now, there is just something romantic about the old school picnic baskets don't you think?

Give a plain wicker picnic basket a mixed metallic makeover!

Read on to see what the basket looked like before its metallic makeover!



Supplies for Metallic Painted Picnic Basket




wicker picnic basket

How to Make a Metallic Painted Picnic Basket


1. Clean your basket with a damp cloth to remove any dust or grime and let dry completely. 

2. Cover it with two coats of copper spray paint, making sure to get into all the little crevices. I only painted the outside of my basket, but you could paint the inside too.

3. Once dry, get creative with your paint pens "sketching" on a design with the metallic markers. I decided to cover the entire top of my basket - but that takes some time (at least an hour) and uses up 2 markers of each color. If I did it again, I would try decorating a smaller area!

Give a plain wicker picnic basket a mixed metallic makeover!

That's it! You can't go wrong with metallics in my mind, and I'm especially loving copper as of late. So the next time a wicker piece captures your eye at the thrift store, consider how good it would look in metallic. ;)

Give a plain wicker picnic basket a mixed metallic makeover!

Be sure to check out these embroidered baskets and this color blocked wall art for other ways I've updated wicker thrift store finds!

Give a plain wicker picnic basket a mixed metallic makeover!

Give a plain wicker picnic basket a mixed metallic makeover!

This post is written in support of the Goodwill San Antonio. All content and opinions are my own.

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