French Farmhouse Bread Box (no bread in this box!)

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Today I’m sharing an old thrifty find I picked up a few weeks ago…..an old dated bread box turned French Farmhouse Bread Box.

That started out looking like this….

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And now looks like this….

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Do you use a bread box on your counter? I found an old wooden bread box years ago that I gave a “Frenchy” makeover and love it.
We have used it ever since.

Inside my soon to be French farmhouse bread box….

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…and it was $3.25. Snazzy, huh?

Eh, not so great in or out.
But I knew a little paint would fix that. It always does! ;)

I pulled out my Dixie Belle paint in the color “Fluff”.
It’s the same color I used on this little table….

French Script Table artsychicksrule.com

You can read more about the table, here.

It’s a nice, soft white.

 
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The inside color is Blue Ocean Breeze.
And Frog Tape makes it easy to get a nice, crisp line.

I just love that pop of aqua when you open the door…..

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Once it was all painted and dry, I added the French graphic, from The Graphics Fairy.
You can find the one I used, here.

I printed it out and used this transfer paper to transfer all the letters and design.

French Farmhouse Bread Box EASY DIY with Paint and Markers! artsychicksrule.com

I also used it on this project, here and here.

You can see many more transfer methods, here, “My Favorite Transfer Methods

All you do is trace over everything you see and you’ll be left with this…

French Farmhouse Bread Box EASY DIY with Paint and Markers! artsychicksrule.com

Pretty simple!

But I can tell you, there was no way I was going to try to hand paint that with my handy script liner brush. ;)
Nope.
I used a Ultra fine point and regular point permanent marker instead.
And it was very relaxing and fun to do….really. I so enjoy this quiet minded kind of work.

French Farmhouse Bread Box EASY DIY with Paint and Markers! artsychicksrule.com

SO much easier! (and I’m telling ya, anyone can do this)
You might notice I have some of the printed graphic above. I keep it handy to look at as I’m “coloring in” the graphic.
This way I know that I am drawing exactly as how it’s supposed to look.

And done! Takes no time with the markers.

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I did give the whole thing a very light sanding to distress.
And a spray with a clear matte sealer to seal.

TIP: When using permanent markers to color in graphics, you want to avoid using any kind of sealer with a brush.
It can tend to smear a bit if you do. Spray first with a clear coat sealer and then you can brush on another type of sealer, if desired.

I’m glad I decided to give it a fun pop of color.

French Farmhouse Bread Box EASY DIY with Paint and Markers! artsychicksrule.com

Have you ever tried this bread? I love it but can never get the name right! lol
I always want to call it “Crazy Mike’s”, haha.
Crazy Mike, Killer Dave, whatever, it’s really good. :)

Cute little French Farmhouse Bread Box….

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And yep, I know it’s in my laundry room. Odd place for a bread box, huh?

But….my kitchen is not very accommodating at the moment. ;)
I’ve got all the tile ripped off the backsplash area and everything that belongs on the counter over there is stacked up on my island.
I hope to give an update on that soon (the tile, not the mess ;) )!
So the only other counter space was in my recently completed coastal farmhouse laundry.

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So just pretend it’s in my kitchen. :)

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Up close….

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Go get ya a bread box and give it a brand new makeover too.
Bet you can find one (or several) at your local thrift store!

PIN this to save this French Farmhouse Bread Box for later!

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You might also like this bread box makeover too….

See how it looks now, here.

I’ll be back later this week sharing what I did to this old table! 

UPDATE!! See it now, here!

Have a great week!

xo

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35 Comments

  1. Love what you did with the bread box. Such a cleaver idea!!!! You did a great job! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Sweet!! Love it! I’m not one to have a lot of things on my counters but I know someone that would just love this so I’ll be looking for a breadbox just for her. Thanks Nancy

  3. Love, Love, LOve the bread box makeover!!! It just oozes “French”! By the way, “Dave’s Killer Bread” started in Milwaukee, Oregon. Dave is a convicted felon that turned his life around. He started small, baking bread products, and now is distributed all over the country. His bread is organic and DELICIOUS! Not to mention goof for you!!! But, back to the bread box, I love it!

  4. SOOOOO pretty, Nancy! Love it! The graphic is wonderful and the marker idea is a great tip! Thanks!

  5. Such a cute piece now! Good call on using the fine point marker, that would have been a tough one with a brush. The details are just perfect! XOXO

  6. Sweet little bread box!
    My family also likes the Killer Bread. I usually buy it at the Dollar Tree (everything $1!) which thrills this super thrifty gal since it’s $4.+ at my regular grocery chain store :)

    1. Thanks Rebecca! :) Oh, I didn’t know they had it at Dollar Tree! Will have to look next time I pop in and see if any of ours does! xo

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this! I found a bread box exactly like it and decided to copy your idea! I love the graphic so much~but it was a killer to trace, lol. I absolutely love it on my kitchen counter!
    I wish I knew how to share a pic of it here but I’m definitely challenged in that area, lol!

    1. Aw that’s great!! And yes, there’s a lot there to trace! ;) So happy you loved it enough to create one for yourself! That makes me so happy!! I’m sure yours is just beautiful!!! xo

  8. Oh my gosh, I love this sooooo much. It is exactly what I am looking for! I would even be thrilled to find a breadbox like that in it’s original condition, but your redo it gorgeous and I couldn’t imagine anything more perfect for my kitchen! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled and maybe I can find something and make a summer project out of it, though I’m not sure I have a steady enough hand for all that tracing! I love it so much, though!

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