Old Bread Box Transformed (Best of Archives)

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Hi Friends!

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……

Old Bread Box Transformed - BEFORE - artsychicksrule

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…..

Bread Box Lightly Sanded

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)….

Kitchen Scale Milk Paint Mixed for Bread Box Makeover

And Old White (Chalk Paint®) for the interior…..

Bread Box Makeover - Old White Chalk Paint Inside

Bread Box Makeover - First Coat Kitchen Scale Milk Paint

I let that dry and then did a wash with “Ironstone” Milk Paint over top…..

Bread Box Second Coat- Ironstone Milk Paint

LOVE the effect.

Then I printed and added these graphics….. (designed and printed with a “shadow” so I’d have something to follow)

Bread Box Makeover Printed Transfer Paper

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)

Bread Box Makeover Transfer

I then traced over quickly with a white watercolor pencil so I’d be able to see easily where to paint.

Bread Box Makeover Transfer2

Bread Box Makeover Transfer with White Watercolor Pencil

All painted in….. (with Pure White Chalk Paint®)

Bread Box Makeover - Pure White Chalk Paint Graphics

And with the added “shadowing” which I think always adds a nice bit of depth….
(you can see more on shadowing >> here)

Bread Box Makeover Shadowing Added to Letters

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 ;) )

Bread Box Makeover Distressing

Then I ruined it….. ;)

Bread Box Makeover - Hole for Knob

I thought I wanted a handle. Oops.

I didn’t love it…..

Bread Box With Knob

So I removed it, filled the hole and repainted.

Bread Box Makeover - Filling in the hole


Bread Box Hole Repainted

Oh well. That’s how it goes sometimes, right?!

Isn’t the variation in blue coloring so pretty?

Bread Box Makeover Side Shot

I’m so happy with how it turned out and I still use it on my counter today! (almost 3 years later)

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint 1

Kitchen Makeover - AFTER Sink - #kitchen #Makeover artychicksrule

A little paint changes everything.
AND a few graphics (easily added!) makes it special and unique!

PIN this bread box transformed for later!

Old Bread Box Transformed with Milk Paint artsychicksrule.com

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!)

Trash to Treasure Best of Archives

  1. Prodigal Pieces
  2. Girl in the Garage
  3. Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer
  4. Bless’er House

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    1. 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.

      1. 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! :)

    1. 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!

  1. 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

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      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! :)

  2. 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

  3. 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.

    1. 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

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