Wooden Easter Basket and a Transfer

I thrifted an adorable wooden basket today!

And I made it even better by painting the center strip with Old White Annie Sloan chalk paint.

I printed out a French Candy image from the Graphics Fairy in reverse.  

I used a laser printer, often the public library will print an image with their printers for free. 

Using Mod Podge I coated the printed side of the paper and attached it to my painted surface. 

I let the paper dry completely. 

Next,  I wet the paper slightly and rubbed it off,  leaving a beautifully clear image on the basket. 

Be sure not to rub too hard or you may rub off parts of the image.  

If this happens you may want to go back in with a thin sharpie marker to fix any problems.

Personally I like the old look of the damaged paper.

When it dries for the second time you may still see a slight film of paper, all you need to do is to gently rub off the remaining film. 

When everything was dry I distressed the painted stripe with some fine grit sandpaper then gave the whole center stripe a coat of matte varnish.

How cute is this wooden basket now? 

It is the perfect Easter Basket.

wooden basket with transfer and bunny with overlay

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .