Don`t know how about you, but I’m an all sorts of those cute storage boxes, crates and wicker baskets addict. There can never be too much of them! And there is always a lack of storage space around the house, even if you don`t have much possessions, you`ll as minimum triple them in a year. Fact verified :/ . Moreover, here talking about storage which can be simply combined with decoration function just by adding a final touch of your own.
If it is still firm enough for storage, don`t throw away the old wicker basket, give it a new life instead!
Old wicker basket
This piece is one of the attics (or more like a very cluttered garage) finds. It`s in a very good shape, and I`d love to use it as my shopper. You know, picturing this: happy House Fairy wearing a light, white dotted frill dress and a shiny smile, heading to the local family-owned grocery store, riding a blue vintage bicycle. . . Having a French market basket on the carrier, somewhat like these:
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But, yet not my style. And the handle is bent.
Flush it out
While I was wondering what to do with the old wicker basket, I scrubbed it with a big brush and soaped water, then hosed it down.
*Tip: If you have no idea what to do with the “attics finds”, sometimes when one does just this (washes it clean), an old unappealing piece can turn into a very sympathetic one, without beating around the bush 😀 ).
Cut off its bent handle
The handle reeds are usually woven among the reeds of the basket. Find the base of the handle and cut the reeds as close to it as possible.
To cut it off you might need a utility knife (I recommend every household to have a good sharp utility knife, it`s so sharp that once you try it, you won`t be able to hold yourself from trying to cut whatever gets to your hand), or a well sharpened kitchen knife. But the best would be to use a pruner. Which I did.
How to reinforce a rattan basket
Before any other manipulations, make sure the basket dries completely.
The basket has minor breaks and some sticking out reeds that are not so noticeable and have no big impact on its functionality. But still, I like it smooth and swanky 🙂 .
I`ll use some wood glue and paper clips as a clamp to hold the reeds together until the glue dries.
I trimmed some of the broken reeds close to the basket so they are no longer noticeable and poured some glue on it for additional support.
The longer one strands that were loosened or unbound together with the sticking out ends, I weaved back into the basket plait and fixated it with wood glue and paper clips. The wood glue becomes transparent when it dries. Consider that if the dab of glue is too thick, it will be drying up to two days.
If the basket needs some major repairs, you can buy a roll of wicker cane, which would cost you anything between 5 and 30$ per roll, depending on its size. But that wouldn`t be that thrifty in that case, would it 🙂 .
Whitewashing the old wicker basket
Although the honey colour of the natural dry reed is nice, but it`s a bit yellowish for me, more neutral tones still prevail in our house.
When the glue is totally dry, I took a can of matte white spray paint, and gave it a thin layer on the outer side of the basket.
If you prefer some other tone – give it a try on the bottom of the basket to see what colour it turns eventually.
Add a woven blanket and now there is a bit more of a good-looking and cosy storage place in the bedroom.
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