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Vintage Picnic Basket Upcycle

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

Vintage Picnic Basket Upcycle
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Vintage Picnic Basket Upcycle

designed by Donna Welter

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

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Learn more about Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™.


Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Escape (ADC20)
  • Lace (ADC02)

Americana Decor® Varnishes

  • Light Satin Varnish (ADM05)

Americana® Decou-Page™

  • Matte Decou-Page (DS106)

Other supplies

  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels (or clean rag)
  • scissors
  • basket
  • wax paper (optional to cover working surface)
  • fine-grit sandpaper (optional)
  • 1/2" flat brush
  • 2" foam brush
  • 1" foam brush
  • brayer
  • public domain image


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Clean basket using a damp paper towel or rag.
    Step 0 Example
  2. 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.
    Step 1 Example
  3. 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.
    Step 2 Example
  4. 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.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Using scissors, cut out the details of the printed graphics. Place images on top of basket lid, as desired.
    Step 4 Example
  6. 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.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Using a foam brush, cover entire outside of basket and lid with an even coat of light satin varnish.