Old Bread Box Transformed (Best of Archives)
My Trash to Treasure friends and I are back today with our “Best of the Archives” series.
Today I’m sharing this old bread box transformed……
At the time, I had been wanting something I could keep on the counter….for bread. ;)
I usually put it in a basket but I liked the idea of a bread box.
I came across this one at the thrift store but it wasn’t really what I had in mind.
Cute and oh my gosh, I used to paint those little wooden appliques all the time in the early 90’s.
My house was “country” but not country cottage like now….country like those cute ducks and heart. ;)
Anyway, other than that, the box was good to work with so I brought it home.
I removed the applique and got to work…..
I took it apart and did a bit of sanding.
I planned to use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint on this one.
The color “Kitchen Scale” for the exterior (I LOVE this color)….
And Old White (Chalk Paint®) for the interior…..
I let that dry and then did a wash with “Ironstone” Milk Paint over top…..
LOVE the effect.
Then I printed and added these graphics….. (designed and printed with a “shadow” so I’d have something to follow)
I was able to just draw over with a pencil and it left a mark for me to paint inside….
(the wood was very soft)
I then traced over quickly with a white watercolor pencil so I’d be able to see easily where to paint.
All painted in….. (with Pure White Chalk Paint®)
And with the added “shadowing” which I think always adds a nice bit of depth….
(you can see more on shadowing >> here)
A very light sanding to distress it all and some Annie Sloan Clear wax to seal it up.
(and, by the way, how I know I wouldn’t want wax on my kitchen cabinets ;) )
Then I ruined it….. ;)
I thought I wanted a handle. Oops.
I didn’t love it…..
So I removed it, filled the hole and repainted.
Oh well. That’s how it goes sometimes, right?!
Isn’t the variation in blue coloring so pretty?
I’m so happy with how it turned out and I still use it on my counter today! (almost 3 years later)
A little paint changes everything.
AND a few graphics (easily added!) makes it special and unique!
PIN this bread box transformed for later!
So…go find a bread box and make it beautiful. :)
Let’s see what my friends pulled outta the archives today (and maybe even something new too!)
This is really cute!
yeah, and to think I gave mine away years ago…..wood bread boxes werent “IN”, so got rid of it!! now I wish I had it back! great makeover – especially love the lettering, need to try that.
Thanks Kat! Yep, they did out of style a bit. BUT I do see them at the thrift store quite often!
Stop by your local one and see! :)
Thank you Helen! :)
Love the improved look, Nancy! Those cows weren’t cutting it. Your kitchen looks fantastic!
Beautiful transformation Nancy!! Thank you for taking the time to share all your processes! :)
Thanks so much Christina! :) It’s really easy to do!
I still love this, Nancy! I actually did like handle, but it looks great without as well! :)
You did??!! Haha!! Oh well, that hole is really still there so I could always add it back later! ;)
It just looked like a sore thumb sticking out to me!
hey girl love the bread box! So cool! Great job! And I also love your kitchen so pretty!
Aw thanks Shawnna!! Sure looks different than when we first moved in here! ;)
I see bread boxes all the time at thrift stores. I love what you did with this one Nancy!
Oh yes, they are always around! :) Thanks Jen!!
Love it Nancy and it looks great in your kitchen. Very clever to print the text with a shadow – so doing that next time! Pinning to share ☺
Thanks Marie! :) And thanks for the pin too!!
I love the bread box. You inspire me!
Aw thanks Rebecca!! :)
How do you do the lettering and print it out.Is it a program.so pretty.Mom on a very tight budget. Thank you and it is so pretty
Yep, I did it in a program by Microsoft. It’s on an old laptop of mine but is no longer available (I think, anyway!). It’s called Picture It. I know there are other programs that will probably do it as well.
If not, you can always pull up a google search and do it that way. (I shared that in this post here … https://www.artsychicksrule.com/2016/02/diy-antiqued-laundry-sign-decorating-series.html )
Hope that helps…and thank you! :)
Very cute, Nancy! Isn’t it funny how everything that goes around comes back around again, but better! Maybe that’s why I hate to throw anything away! xo
Thanks Karen!! Yes, it really is!! ;)
I Love it and should have kept mine too. I did a similar chalk paint finish and then stenciled a fancy “A” for my daughter Alexandra’s bridal shower. The theme was “A day in Provence” and the “bread box” was used for any monetary gift cards….. Everyone loved it!
Do you have any ideas of what to make with the left over bathroom tiles?: I have the same.
I love this idea, Lori! Such a great use for it! I have lots of tile projects here on the blog! Just search the word “tile” in the search bar and you should see some neat ideas. :) xo
Thank you, will look at them now!