Rewind, if you will, back to the day I went to innocently pick up the pond yacht from a local consignment store. I ended up buying the pond yacht, an antique post office register, an antique quilt (I’ll share that soon), and this vintage splint basket. It was all just too good! This vintage split basket/bassinet was a particularly good buy at just $13. It had a very faint stencil on it as well as some aggressive spray-painting marks, so I decided this vintage splint basket was in need of painting. Here is how I gave it a fresh coat without taking away from the aged, chippy appeal.
I first tried lightly sanding the stencil off before painting the vintage splint basket, but sanding revealed a yellowy-white color that was not really what I wanted. It was worth trying, though, before breaking out the paint.
I thought that MMS Milk Paint in Grain Sack would be the best match, so I mixed up a small batch. (You can find a tutorial on mixing milk paint HERE.) Grain Sack is an off-white with just the slightest gray undertone that was a nice match for painting this vintage splint basket. I lightly brushed it on to cover the stencil…
…and to blend in some of the obvious marks from spray paint…
The trick to painting a piece like this is to feather out the edges so the new paint blends into the old. This allowed me to retain some of the character and chippiness that drew me to the basket in the first place.
After a couple of coats, it was coming along! (This day happened to be “basket day!”) It was a perfect day for painting and for washing and reshaping the antique German basket. You can see how I did that in THIS POST.
I decided to not apply a finish after painting the vintage splint basket. Because it doesn’t need to stand up to daily use and the matte finish suits the style and age of the piece, it was an unnecessary step. I know that we want most makeovers to be dramatic, but I sort of love that you can’t even tell this basket is freshly painted. It looks like I just found it this way.
For those with keen eyes, I did eventually cut off the little plastic tag holder from the handle.
Not a bad buy for $13 and not a bad way to spend a pretty afternoon before the weather turns cold.
I’m not sure where this basket will live, yet, but I know I’ll find a use for it. One can always find a use for a good basket…