Thursday, June 20, 2013

Upcycled Fruit Pickin' Basket

Several months ago I shared some of the goodies I accumulated from a few different yard sales and a flea market adventure. Most of them are long gone now, but that old fruit picking basket is still hanging around.  Even though the redesign was finished a long time ago, I couldn't decide what I wanted it to be.

how to repurpose an old fruit picking basket
  It was a finished project without a purpose until last week when I brought home a big bag
 of cherries.  

turn a fruit picking basket into a basket for holding cherries
Fruit in the fruit picking basket makes perfect sense and is so obvious...maybe that's why 
it never occurred to me.

architectural salvage and lamp parts base
I peeled off all the remaining orange paint and sprayed the rusty basket with matte acrylic sealer.  The architectural piece was left over from another project and the glass piece came from my stash of old lamp parts.  I drilled a hole large enough to accommodate the base of the basket, then glued it in place with Gorilla glue.  I think I used E6000 for the lamp part.

repurposed fruit picking basket
But wait!  What's better than a basket full of cherries?

one of a kind vintage doorknob display basket
A basket full of vintage doorknobs.

display vintage doorknobs in an upcycled fruit picking basket
Don't you wish these grew on trees?

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  1. Lovely upcycled basket...and love the door knobs too!.

  2. What you did with the fruit picking basket is wonderful and the doorknobs in it is to die for!

  3. Fabulous idea, Betsy! Your basket looks great. I'd for sure love a tree that would grow vintage door knobs :).

  4. That is sooo cute! Love both uses! And very pretty with the knobs in it! I wish I had one of those laying around, I would totally use it! :) Have a great day! xo Holly

  5. A basket of ANYTHING would look good in your repurposed fruit-picking basket! I love how you preserve the rusty patina of the basket!!!

  6. Just love, love, love your creation!
    many hugs
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

  7. Dang! What wonderful finds!
    I need to get out more and hunt down some treasures!

  8. Love this creative idea! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays!

    Take Care,

  9. Perfect for the door knobs. The cherries would not last long here. :D

  10. I love the basket full of doorknobs and thank you so much for telling I am supposed to have a stash of lamp parts because I didn't know but now I will put it on my to-do list!

  11. What fun! And the doorknobs are amazing. I'm so old, I remember living in houses that had these! lol Hugs!

  12. Love the way you re-purposed the basket and oh my, with the door knobs...Gorgeous! Thanks for linking with TTF this week!


  13. Super cute idea Betsy! This can be changed often adding different things <3

  14. First, I loved the basket just as it was. Then the base and the cherries arrived and I loved it even more. Finally in came vintage door knobs and I fell in lust!

  15. That is so genius!! Oh yes, I would love if door knobs grew on trees!


  16. Love it! Yes...I would love it if old door knobs grew on trees!!

  17. Yes, i do wish they grew on trees because now I want one! Super cool!

  18. Love the basket with the cherries however, just wait a second, love, love the basket with the vintage door knobs better. You do have a wonderful collection going there, I vote for the door knobs!
    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Ha! I would LOVE it if our treasures grew on trees! Although those cherries look delicious too...

    I think ANYTHING in that uber-cool basket would look amazing! Great transformation Betsy!

  20. What a beautiful idea for your fruit basket!

  21. Your creations always make me smile, Betsy. Love this.

  22. Door knobs of different sizes and colors on trees hahaha And I just wish that that there are also trees that can spare a drop of your repurposing and upcycling talent. If there is, I will be one of those who will patiently line up. Haha

    Have a great weekend Betsy!

  23. Again you have such a great eye for taking ordinary objects and creating works of art!

  24. Your stuff is always so awesome! Thanks for mentioning the sealer -- if I were a professional like you, I would think of those things!

  25. too cute...i've never seen one of those bskts before.

    be blessed.


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