Almost forty years ago, my parents took a trip with my maternal grandparents to Madeira, which is an island located southwest of Portugal. My grandpa had earned a trip for two through his company, and my parents were able to purchase the same trip for a great price from another man who earned but couldn’t take the trip. While in Madeira, they went with a tour group to visit a wicker factory up in the mountains, and my mom was hoping to find a bassinet for her future children. The bassinet they found was too big to take back with them, so my parents got back on the bus without one. When my dad saw how disappointed my mom was, he took her back to the factory and bought it. They were somehow able to get it on the bus and the airplane. My mom says it’s a good thing wicker is lightweight because everyone in their group had bought so much that they all breathed a sigh of relief when their plane managed to lift off the short runway.
Nearly four decades later, this wicker bassinet is still in good condition even though it spent several years in the attic when I was a kid. When I was in high school, my mom remarried and we moved to another house. The bassinet ended up in my bedroom, where I stored blankets, stuffed animals, and dolls. Years later, my mom made a new mattress, fitted sheets, bumper pad, and skirt for the bassinet, and my firstborn slept in it many times.
We used the bassinet again when we had the twins because you can never have enough safe places to lay a baby down when you have two on your hands. I remember in the early days when I was trying to nurse one baby and bottle-feed the other, I placed Sissy in the bassinet, propped her up with blankets, and positioned the bottle, so she could eat while I nursed her sister.
Now, all my babies are getting big, and we haven’t needed the bassinet in a few years. In fact, I had forgotten about it until I saw it in the attic a few weeks ago when I was up there looking for a flower pot. I had been trying to figure out what to put in the girls’ room to keep all their stuffed animals off the floor, and I knew this bassinet would be perfect. Fortunately, my husband had wrapped it in plastic bags, so it was fairly clean. I wiped it off and placed it in the girls’ room to see how it looked.
I felt the color didn’t look well in their room, so I consulted my friend from Blue Happy Living to see what she would use to paint wicker. She recommended Valspar spray paint, so I went to Lowe’s and bought their Project Perfect paint in white. The first Lowe’s I went to only had this paint in flat, and I was afraid I had made a terrible decision in painting this after one coat.
I think the light color looks better in the girls’ room, and they love having this piece of furniture in their room. They can put their baby dolls to bed in the bassinet, and it’s just the right height for them to play mommy.
At the end of the day, I can throw all of their stuffed animals in the bassinet to quickly pick up their room. This piece of furniture is serving two purposes and now looks great in their room. This was my first furniture project, and it took more time and paint (4 cans!) than I thought it would, but it was worth the effort. I am currently working on another project for the girls’ room and should finish by this weekend. I’ll share those photos next week.