Repurposing A Baby Buggy Into Fall Decor

8 Materials
$22
2 Hours
Easy

If you follow me on Hometalk you may have seen my Baby Buggy post. Unfortunately my buggy had become rusted, to the point that trying to sand and repaint was impossible. I couldn't bear to part with my buggy though. On a trip home I found a wicker laundry basket in my mom's shed so I brought it home with me with the thought I could use it for something. Turned out it was the perfect size for my buggy!! With fall fast approaching I thought I would try and create something for part of fall Decor.

Dismantling the buggy

Here is my buggy, you can see the rust spots all over it. It was very thin in places. As I said I couldn't part with it. It was just held together with nuts so it just required unscrewing them to take it apart.

Removing the base

Once I removed the top part of the buggy I was left with this. Initially I was going to leave it but I opted for removing the sides.

Cutting

The easiest way to remove the sides was to cut them off at the bottom. I did this using my reciprocating saw with metal blade. This is what I was left with when finished.

Sanding the Base

Using fine grade sandpaper, I sanded off the lose rust that was on the wheels and the base.

Paint Touch-up

After lightly sanding I touched up using this black outdoor paint.

Wicker Laundry basket

Who hasn't seen or had one of these? I decided to use this basket but first it needed a paint job!

Paint Time

Normally I wouldn't paint anything brown as it is not part of my color scheme but for this project it was the perfect choice. The color is Expresso Brown .

Painting

So I put down this piece of canvas to protect the grass and the basket from getting dirt and paint on both. I began lightly spraying back and forth on the outside then did the inside of the basket.

Ist Coat

So this is after the first coat. To do the second coat I turned the basket upside down , this ensures getting total coverage. Let dry.

Detail Time

I picked up this ribbon at Michaels. I loved the color. I bought the ribbon first. It helped in determining the basket paint color. I wrapped it around the basket and secured with my glue gun.

Basket Complete!

So here is my basket complete. I love my color choice.

Placing the basket on the base

The basket fit perfectly between the wheels.

Add Fall Mums

I picked up two fall Mums at my local garden centre and simply placed in my basket. If you want your Mums to last all season buy them with the buds not open. Buying them already open they will only last a few weeks. I love how this project turned out. There is so much I can do with it. Glad I was able to save part of my buggy!

Resources for this project:

See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info

Frequently asked questions

Have a question about this project?

Comments

Join the conversation

 2 comments
Next