Welcome to one of my favorite days of the month, beautiful friends! It’s Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! Today, I’m sharing how to update a basket with decoupage paper! I share a lot of trashy makeovers around here, but it’s always more fun when I get to do it with my friends. Be on the lookout for their makeovers at the bottom!
Before we get into it, I have drawn 15 winners for the breast caner awareness transfers and everyone has been notified. However, I still have two winners who have not responded back. (Their initials are TM and PT.) If I don’t hear back today, I will be drawing two more winners. Please check your spam or junk folders just in case my email ended up there.
Also, I have three more transfers on the way, and I will draw winners from this giveaway for those, so continue to watch your inbox!
Let’s get to it!
Here is what I am bringing to the party today:
I picked up this picnic basket at the thrift store for $6.
I’m going to guess that it may have been a wedding gift for the Swensons?
Evidently, the Swensons no longer picnic and that is fine by me because I happen to love vintage picnic baskets!
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The first thing I did was sand the top smooth with my Ryobi Cat sander:
This smaller sander is ideal for small jobs like this.
I didn’t sand it all the way down to the wood beneath the letters, just enough to make it smooth to the touch.
Next, I used my shop vac to vacuum the top and the rest of the basket to remove any dust that had accumulated over the years.
It was actually pretty clean.
Ready for paint!
The large flat round head makes painting baskets so quick and easy!
I gave the inside and outside two coats as well as the underside of the lid. You could also spray prime with Rustoleum spray primer first, just to get a quick first coat on and save you some time, but I brushed both layers on this time.
Prime with BOSS
I decided to prime the top with one coat of white BOSS stain blocking primer. I was afraid the red from the letters might bleed through the paper, so this was just a precaution. Then I let it sit out in the sun for a couple of hours. I usually let BOSS sit overnight, but the warm sunshine will speed up the process.
I just needed a white backdrop for my paper and the BOSS gave me that, so I didn’t even need to paint it.
I wanted to distress this one some, and I did that with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge:
Update a basket with decoupage
Finally, it was time for the fun part! Dixie Belle recently released several new decoupage papers including this pretty Springtime in Paris one:
It was the perfect size for the top of this picnic basket…almost. (More on that coming up!)
To apply the decoupage paper, I used Satin Clear Coat as a glue, brushing it on the top of my basket:
Then, I laid my paper out and used both my hand and my transfer tool to smooth out the paper…
Once I had it all smoothed out, I added another coat of Clear Coat over the top:
Can you see that it doesn’t quite reach from edge to edge?
I pulled out several colors and did my best to fill that space in…
I think I did okay lol.
Then I used a sanding sponge to help remove the excess paper around the edges:
I added one more coat of Clear Coat to protect where I had filled it in, and this makeover was complete!
Here is how the Swensons’ basket looks now:
Oh how I love a white painted basket!
Now let’s see the pretty part!
This decoupage paper comes with one sheet.
Here is where I “fixed” it on the right side:
Not too shabby! You can barely see where the line is where the paper ends.
I just kept the inside simple by painting it white…
This could hold books, magazines, knitting or crocheting supplies, pet toys, or here I imagined it in a guest room holding fresh towels:
It’s the same size as the one I used on today’s basket, and it is gorgeous! I had wanted to use it for this basket but didn’t receive it in time. I do have it in stock for you HERE though! Dixie Belle has sold out, so when they’re gone, they’re gone!
Redesign with Prima has some gorgeous decoupage papers also, and I have been thinking about adding them to my shop. Is that something my makers out there would be interested in? Please let me know in the comments! 🙂
Don’t forget to check out what my friends are sharing today!
One more done!!
See what I’ve completed from this haul so far below if you missed any:
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I did with this framed cubby shelf:
UPDATE: This shelf turned out prettier than I thought it could! See it HERE now!
One more thing before I go…I have brand new limited release HOLIDAY TRANSFERS and MOULDS from Redesign coming to the shop tomorrow! They go on sale at 11:00am EST! They’ll be the first items listed in my shop HERE once I get them listed!
Have a fantastic week!
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