Mistake #1 I didn't sand the piece before I painted it. Those poplar wood pieces tend to be a bit rough.
Mistake #2 I primed it with a white primer. I realized this was a mistake when I started to sand the piece after all the paint colors were done and got the white primer showing thru on my edges where I wanted it to be down to raw wood.
Mistake #3. I used my trusty Vaseline trick to give me the chipped paint look but went a bit too far with it. So I had to do a patch paint job to rectify it.
Mistake #4 The Fresh Eggs image wasn't big enough to make a statement at the bottom of this basket so I pondered what to do. Dictionary pages, yup that was the ticket. The dictionary pages wasn't the mistake, the mistake was I was in a rush (like that's something new) and didn't take my time making sure that the edges of the dictionary pages that butted up to the sides of the basket were straight. So I tried to fix it with some black paint to make it look, oh I don't know maybe right? Didn't work. It looks sloppy.
BTW I got the Fresh Eggs image from Playing with Brushes.