Back in October when my mom was visiting, we stopped at a yard sale on our way to a family reunion, where I bought an old picnic basket.
I had planned to make a cute gingham liner for it, something like this one, (affiliate) and use it to hold magazines.
But we were in a hurry, and I didn’t take time to look it over carefully before I bought it, and later discovered that the wood was broken in several places, and really wasn’t usable as a picnic basket anymore.
I was annoyed with myself for wasting money on it, and almost took it out to the burn pile, but I did love the wooden lid on it, so I wanted to find a way to turn it into something else.
First, the hinges had to be drilled out of the lid to remove it from the basket.
As you can see, that left two holes in it.
Hmmmm… better go dig through my junk to find something to cover them up!
BINGO! I found just the thing – a section from a broken old ruler
I gave it a fresh coat of wood stain, then glued the ruler over the holes.
Beneath the ruler I screwed in a vintage coat hook.
On the other side, the coat hook is screwed into a piece of scrap wood that I attached 2 D-ring hangers on.
Now it can be hung on a wall.
It only took about 15 minutes to turn that pretty old picnic basket lid into a wall hook!
Had I noticed the basket was broken, I probably wouldn’t have bought it, but now I’m glad I did. It’s often the things that are broken that I have the most fun recreating into something new.
I’d love to hear what broken things you have that you repurposed into something totally different, so please comment about your trash to treasure projects!
A little update. I’m still staying at my parent’s house with them in New Mexico.
My dad has good days and bad days. My mom and sister have become pros at taking care of him, so I’m not sure I’m a lot of help, but I’m thankful I’m able to spend this time with them and the rest of my family.
All of the sweet comments that have been left, with well wishes and prayers mean so much to me.