Collect vintage items for an old-fashioned picnic.
MUCH OF THE ALLURE OF UPSTYLING is romancing items that you already have or can combine with other pieces to create something new. Think about your last picnic and how plastic plates and cups probably made it more about eating outside than dining alfresco. Begin anew by dreaming about the experience you want to have. Select a special quilt top to repurpose as a picnic blanket. Outfit a vintage bicycle with a color-coordinated toolbox for easily toting your drinks. Call into service an old grocery cart that can easily wheel foods, baskets and picnic elements from your door to the perfect grassy spot. Select a color palette that you love and that complements your implements and then plan a picnic that will be fun and memorable.
If a vintage basket doesn’t match, give it a coordinating shade of paint. Tie a toolbox on the front of a bike instead of a basket to carry all kinds of picnic accoutrements. Old jadeite dishes were meant for picnics—that use hasn’t changed or been improved upon. Perch meal necessities on a painted footstool to make items accessible while reclining on the ground. Vintage bird books still contain relevant information today.
Paint wood spoon handles to color coordinate.