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Decorative Tobacco Basket Makeover Farmhouse Style

How to redecorate outdated tobacco basket decor.

I bought the decorative tobacco basket when hubby and I were shopping the annual 400-mile yard sale in Kentucky on the first of this month. We’ve shopped the sale in the past but missed the trip last year. Seems these yearly yard sales are not as good as they used to be. Does anyone else feel that way?

Moving on to the tobacco basket makeover… It took me a total of 10 minutes to update the look.

outdated tobacco basket decor

I paid $5 for the basket, and it definitely needed an update. The polka dot ribbon had seen better days, plus polka dots are so old school. The Monogram initial wasn’t doing anything for me either. 

how to decorate a tobacco basket

The first order of business was to remove the ribbon and the monogram. The monogram was hot glued on, and after removing the monogram, I tried to peel off all the hot glue. I did a pretty good job, although some glue residue remained on the basket. I did not want to use sandpaper or anything rough on the slats, fearing I would remove the finish.

painting from the thrift store

Now what to do with the basket? I’ve been saving this painting because I really love it. The colors are bold, and the scene is pretty. I don’t remember where I got the painting, but I do recall that it may have been in a little rinky dink frame, and I took it out. The picture has been sitting in the back of our china cabinet, waiting on a plan.

thrift store painting

I also forgot that this painting was on the backside of the barn scene painting. I like this painting too!

tobacco basket decoration

I laid the barn scene side of the paper on the tobacco basket.

place an oil painting into the middle of a tobacco basket

Then I flipped it over to the tree scene, and I like it best with the basket.

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The next step was to figure out how to best adhere the painting to the tobacco basket.

hang a picture inside a tobacco basket

The top corners already had a bit of paint removed where it looked like someone had pinned them up before, so all I did was use gold-tone thumbtacks to attach the painting to the basket.

pretty oil painting hanging in a tobacco basket

Well, that was pretty darn easy. Sometimes it doesn’t take much time or money either to make new home decor.

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The way I adhered the painting to the tobacco basket will allow me to reuse the basket and the painting. This look will get old or I will decide on another plan for one or both of the pieces.

before and after tobacco basket makeover

I like the new look. What do you think about the tobacco basket makeover?

If you liked the basket makeover take a look at this one… How To Stencil A Farmhouse Style Design | Thrift Store Decor

Thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Hi Kathy, I am a fan of tobacco baskets, and if I had been there five minutes before you, this one wouldn’t have been the subject of your post! LOL I like your quick fix and think the gold tacks add something to it. As much as I am a big fan of tree pictures, the little barn just speaks to me. Oh well, that’s what makes the world go ’round! And as you say, with the tacks it will be easy to change if you ever decide to switch it up. Clever girl!