It's a Picnic Basket
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Let's get the story started...
There it sat...at an Estate Sale...in a corner...
...with this label:
For that price it HAD to have a giant hole, right? So I turned it around, over, upside down.....nothing. OK, maybe a small chip or two, but nothing major.
This was the most noticeable bit of damage.
Then I opened it up and there it was...
Let me back out and show you how I think it happened.
Footprints! Who steps on a picnic basket lid??
Clearly, someone did, but knowing that it was an easy fix, I brought it home, cleaned it with Murphy's Oil Soap and got to work. First, I removed the staples holding the elastic in place on the lid. It was pretty dirty.
When dry, they were sanded smooth.
While I was at it, I filled-in the area behind the hinge.
When everything was sanded and the hinge was reattached, I decided to paint both sides of the lid before applying fabric. Upon closer inspection, there was an oil stain that I really didn't want to deal with so I used spray primer to seal it in. There was a maker's stamp on the inside, so I created a sticker to go over it with contact paper so it could be preserved.
I glued the fabric on with Mod Podge, carefully wrapping it over the edges and trimming with scissors. Both the inside and outside of the lid were covered.
I cut a hole for the maker's stamp to show through:
After it was cut a small brush was used to apply Mod Podge under the edges.
Once everything was dry, Some trim was applied with a hot glue gun to hide the raw edge.
The same trim was applied to the edge of the lid.
And it was done!
The $3 picnic basket was clean, repaired, and pretty again.
So, what am I doing with it? Right now it stores some craft supplies, but it definitely has potential to be a picnic basket! 😉 Any other ideas?
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