Vintage Picnic Basket Upcycle

Vintage Picnic Basket Upcycle

Posted by DecoArt on May 21st 2015

Transform a plain basket into a beautiful piece using Americana Decor Chalky Finish


    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • scissors
    • basket
    • wax paper
    • fine-grit sandpaper
    • 1/2" flat brush
    • 2" foam brush
    • 1" foam brush
    • brayer
    • public domain image



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Clean basket using a damp paper towel or rag.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Paint a light, even coat of Escape over entire outside of basket (including handles) using a 2" foam brush. Use a 1/2" flat brush to reach in tight spaces of basket.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Dip 2" foam brush into a small amount of Lace (apply paint to just tip of brush). Wipe off excess on a paper towel. Very lightly brush over basket to create more interest and depth.
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Using a fine grit sandpaper, lightly sand around edges of picnic basket to remove just a bit of paint. This is optional if a rustic look is not desired. Wipe down basket with a clean paper towel or rag.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Using scissors, cut out the details of the printed graphics. Place images on top of basket lid, as desired.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Using a foam brush, lightly and evenly coat the backside of chosen image with Paper Decou-Page, then place on top of the lid. Gently smooth out any wrinkles with fingers. Use a brayer to roll over images to remove any remaining wrinkles. Apply two additional coats of decoupage over image, allowing to dry between coats.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Using a foam brush, cover entire outside of basket and lid with an even coat of light satin varnish.