I found this basket at the Goodwill Home Store.... Hello 90's. I got ahead of myself and forgot to take a beginning picture. Here I have already sanded it and started to stain, but you can see the "lovely" before paint job. I gave it a good sanding so that all of the paint/ decals were flat. They were surprisingly hard to sand off.
Then added stain and let it dry.
Then I gave it 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Pure White". I wasn't super particular with the paint, because I planned to distress it later.
Then I distressed with 150 grit sand paper and then 220 grit for a smooth finish. I vacuumed it off and put on a coat of wax (I use Annie Sloan clear wax) and let it dry and buff to a shine.