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Picnic Basket Makeover

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Thrift store picnic basket makeover is simple with this faux finish technique to give it instant cottage charm.

It's thift store makeover day with the team for July! I've actually had this project completed since May, but just getting around to sharing the process on how I achieced the faux finish for it.

You can see how it was used in this fun Pinterest Challenge with a few blogging friends on how we decorate with picnic baskets! 

Picnic Basket Makeover

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picnic basket

I picked this old picnic basket up at the thrift store quite a few years ago with the intention of giving it a simple paint makeover.

It found its way into the attic where it was lost for a bit. 

It was in great shape and quite sturdy. 

Lided baskets like this are great for other uses besides the typical picnic. 

They are great for hiding and organizing things in your home. 

My intention is to take this to the lake house and use as decor on one of the fireplace hearths. 

This makeover took no time at all!

Here is a Facebook Live video that I did with more detail on the process.

Supplies Needed

This project takes no time at all from start to finish.

You'll be dry brushing your paint on the basket. Dry brushing is a technique where you slightly dip the brush in the paint. You then remove excess off with a paper towel. With a light hand, you'll lightly paint the basket in a haphazard manner. This allows for the grain and some of the original color to show.

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basket

The first thing that you will do is apply Vaseline anywhere on the basket that natural wear may occur.

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picnic basket

You'll then dry brush paint all over the basket even on top of the vaseline.

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Let the paint dry. It won't take long.

basket with rag

With a damp rag, go over the basket. Any areas with Vaseline will immediately remove paint with no effort. It's such a simple way to distress a piece.

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basket

If you have some areas that removed paint that you aren't happy with, you can easily add it back with your brush.

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basket

Once any repainted surfaces are dry, seal the basket with a spray sealer.

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basket
basket

Use it as a picnic basket or in your home decor!

Also on OSH!  DIY European Art with Thrift Store Frame

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Check out the other thrift store makeovers from the team!

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