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Farmhouse-Style Hospitality Basket

By: Katie Busenitz
December 5, 2018

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Farmhouse-Style Hospitality Basket

Hey sweet friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to come find me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest in order to stay up to date with all the happenings and projects with the blog!

Today, I'm showing you how to take a basic container from ho-hum to wowee! I've partnered with the fabulous DecoArt brand, using their Americana Multi-Surface paints (specifically the Cotton Ball and Black Tie colors), and I was so pleased with how easily these paints attached to my fabric basket. If you know me, then you know how I love to stick with neutrals throughout our home, and this basket definitely fits the bill. ;)

Here's a little info about DecoArt's Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics...
- It's an indoor/outdoor paint!
- Can be used on just about any surface, such as styrofoam, most plastic, fabric, wood, ceramic, terra cotta, paper, metal, masonry, glass, canvas and- walls
- Cleans up easily with just soap and water
- Non-toxic
- The best part? These multi-surface paints are self-sealing, which means you don't have to add a protective sealant or varnish to the outside of your project!

Now that you know all about this awesome paint, let's make a farmhouse-style hospitality basket!

Items needed:

  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 8oz - Cotton Ball
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Black Tie
  • Americana Decor 2" Flat Brush
  • Sponge brush
  • Basket (I used a collapsible, storage container from the dollar store)
  • Painter's tape
  • Protective surface (like a drop cloth)
  • Filler for the basket (faux moss, shredded paper, linens)
  • Filler for the "hospitality" part of the basket (snacks, lotion, etc.)


First, wipe down your container to remove any dust or debris, and place your container on a protective surface.

Next, using the white paint and brush, paint the entire container, covering both the outside and inside! Continue to apply coats of white until it reaches the desired depth of color. (I applied 3 layers.)

Let dry completely. Now, you're ready for your grainsack stripes! You can measure and tape off your basket however you like, but it probably would be best to start with the middle stripe. Instead of using brush strokes to apply the Black Tie color, I lightly blotted the paint onto the fabric basket in order to give it that "worn-in" look.

Once I finished creating the first stripe, I removed the painter's tape right away and then let the paint completely dry. Afterwards, I taped off the 2 outside stripes and painted them using the same "blotting" method. Let dry completely.

Now it's time to fill the basket with your favorite goodies. You could shop your pantry and throw in some yummy granola bars, sweet treats, water bottles, tissues, hand sanitizer, etc.

Thank y'all again for stopping by today. I am so honored to be a Core Creator for DecoArt and would love for y'all to check out the other projects I've done using DecoArt products! You can search "DecoArt" in the search box on my blog, and there you'll find lots of posts on how I worked with their products!

Be sure to visit The Rustic Boxwood  for more projects and to learn more about Katie Busenitz.


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