Just in time for summer, my latest thrift store find, a picnic basket. Which should lead to a picnic story, right? Great sunny day, the perfect spot on the lake. Sweet time with the hubby. A good book and maybe a little nap. Homemade goodies. Ummm, not yet. This one leads to a picnic basket makeover.
Peterboro baskets normally sell for around $40.
Of course I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so I added a little ooh-la-la from the Graphics Fairy to the top. Karen was kind enough to provide a reversed image for just such projects.
Since I used this method before on the small wooden stool, I won’t go into great detail. Here’s a summary of the steps to take.
Graphics Transfer for Picnic Basket Makeover:
- Print your image using a laser printer (must be one that uses toner cartridges).
- Tape in place face down on your project piece.
- Saturate a cotton ball or rag with lacquer thinner.
- Rub over the paper until the image is transferred. The lacquer thinner evaporates very quickly, so you will need to rewet the cotton ball several times.
This doesn’t make a perfect transfer, so if you don’t like the worn, faded look, you probably don’t want to use this method.
Coordinating napkins and a table cloth would be fun. Maybe I’ll get lucky on the next treasure hunt.
Now that I’ve finished the picnic basket makeover, we can have a lovely picnic. Fried chicken, anyone?