Trash to Treasure Picnic Basket

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I had just pulled into the driveway after a long day at school when I received a text from a good friend letting me know that her neighbor had just placed a pile of junk by the curb.  My friend spotted a wooden tennis racket in the pile and knew that I’d want it for my growing collection.  It was about to rain, so even though I was tired, I headed to the trash pile to save some treasures before they got wet.  There wasn’t much there of great interest but I did find a wooden tennis racket, two wooden bats, and a moldy woven picnic basket covered in grime and mold.  The picnic basket was  gross but  sturdy, so home with me it came.

Let’s look at one more pretty after picture before I show you the before.  The wooden top on this basket is really pretty and so is the wood that makes up the woven parts.

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This basket was disgustingly dirty when I brought it home.

Trash Find Basket Before

Top of Trash Find Basket

Note that the inside had quite a bit of mold/mildew growing on it.

Inside of Trash Find Basket


Inside of Trash Find Basket2


I started the rejuvenation of this picnic basket by hosing off the dirt and scrubbing it with an made-for-wood oil soap.  After cleaning the picnic basket, it already looked better.

Basket After Cleaning

Trash Find Basket Top After Cleaning

Inside of Top After Cleaning

Inside of Trash Find Basket After Cleaning


I wanted to use a product on the wood that would bring it back to life and make it not so dry.  We’ve been DIYing for twenty years and have collected a lot of products in the process.  I’m not sure the project that Mr. SP originally used this product on, but it worked great for restoring my picnic basket.  (It is dated 1997.)

Minwax Antique Oil Finish


Look at the difference!

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If I take this to the lake, it will be nice to hold serving utensils in place with the elastic band.

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I hope to soon load this up with hotdog and hamburger buns for a picnic at the lake!

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Thanks to Elsie for alerting me to the trash pile!  I’m lucky to have friends that know I like to trash pick with hopes of finding treasures like this picnic basket.

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  1. It’s amazing the utensil holders were intact.

  2. You are welcome! Plus, the more junk you took, the less junk would be sitting at the curb by my house! 😉

  3. That is a huge difference! Nice find!

  4. Lovely find and a great rescue.

    I am a foodie, but I stopped by from All Things Thursday because you left Nici a comment. I have tried to visit those that left her a gracious message.

  5. Wow! A great transformation, you’ve really brought it back to life. It just show that with a little hard work ‘junk’ can be rescued and reused.

  6. I have a basket just like that one. Thanks for the info on how to restore. It has been a while since I have had time to check on blogs. I am so glad that I chose to stop by and see yours today! Hope all is well with you. Good Luck with your new school year! -Carla

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Carla – So glad you had time to visit. I’ve missed your blog and hope that you have time to pick it up again soon.

  7. This is great! I have a few of these baskets that could use refreshing! Thank you for sharing this greata post! Didn’t even know I could put anything on the wood. Visiting from The Scoop and following you via Bloglovin’!

  8. Oh wow, what a transformation. The basket is beautiful. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty


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