Monday, June 3, 2013

Drab to Fab Bread Box

Don't you love it when you come across something with great bones and all it needs is a little TLC to bring it back to life?  I knew the ugly duckling bread box I recently discovered at an antique show had hidden potential.  It was as solid as a rock and in great condition, so it was easy to look past its dated exterior.

It was a diamond in the rough, a perfect candidate for a facelift.

 It was drab, homely, outdated, and just plain ugly.

Much better now don't you think?

The outside was painted with two coats of CeCe Caldwell's Vintage White, followed by clear wax and a very small amount of aging cream.  No need to remove the ugly bright brass hinges, I just painted right over them.  The 70s looking knob was replaced with an old bin pull.

 I used parts of two different stencils from Maison de Stencils to spruce up the front.

The top was taped off to create the grain sack stripes.  Measure twice, paint once.

Unfortunately, fresh baked croissants have always been a temptation I can't resist.  They're now on my forbidden list and have been banned from the house.

Grain sack remnants are a much safer alternative.

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31 comments:

  1. I would not have thought of the grain sack stripes and they are perfect. Great storage, too!

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  2. What a great transformation, Betsy! The bread box turned out just beautiful. I love the stenceling and the grain sack stripes as well.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  3. Oh wow! Great new look...and perfect storage for the grain sacks. I agree...much safer than croissants!

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  4. Ohhhh, LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! Hmmm, you didn't have those grainsacks at Pleasanton?!?!? :(

    xoxo

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  5. The stripes just make it!!! So pretty. It is such a new animal, it's not even from the same kingdom!

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  6. I would not have envisioned it as you did but it worked! I love the red stripes to mimic the French towels -- brilliant!

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  7. Once again you turn something mundane into fabulous! I am going to do a french country look in my kitchen I think and this would be a fabulous idea to copy!!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  8. Much better! I have been eating way to many croissants lately.:/

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  9. Just love it! Another home run Betsy!

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  10. Your new breadbox storage is fabulous!

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  11. Clever, Creative, and absolutely love it :)

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  12. You create beauty out of the most un-beautiful objects! Very inspiring. xoxo

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  13. It is fabulous!!! I love the graphics you chose, Little Miss Maggie, has a stencil with stripes I have been meaning to ask her where she got it, it would be so much easier that taping off

    Carol

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  14. I love this transformation!! Sooo fabulous!

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  15. Oh yes...it is so much better once you got your hands on it!!! It's a keeper now! I also love what you did with all of the watch pieces and parts in your last post. Beautiful jewelry!
    Jane

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  16. great re-do. would be hard to part with that~love the stencil work!!!

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  17. Hello Betsy,
    Thank you for sharing this cute makeover at my party this week...it is now full of charm!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  18. So much nicer now. I love the striping and the fresh new paint job.

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  19. Love it!!
    I'm not getting many projects done these days. =(
    Need to manage my time better

    blessings
    barb

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  20. Okay, that's just too cute. Amazing what some vision and paint can do. I love it's new purpose as well. Who wouldn't love that box of treasure!
    Liz

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  21. Betsy, the bread box turned out great. What looked like it might bring $5.00 before, now looks like it could bring $35.00 or more. Have a Blessed day. Trisha

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  22. This looks SO great, Betsy! Love how you transformed it...what a great idea to add the stripes!

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  23. Another beauty! I love all things French and I adore this transformation!:)

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  24. I have to laugh when you said that croissants are banned in your home. Haha In my case, I can never resist anything that makes my belly happy :)

    I love the "chippy white paint" effect. It gave the box more character!

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  25. Beautiful Betsy! You really know how to make a silk purse from a sow's ear...

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  26. What a beautiful transformation, Betsy...and all those gorgeous grain sack remnants look pretty special, too! Hope you have a lovely day!

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  27. Love how this turned out, Betsy - SO much prettier!

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  28. How fun is that?? Great job, Betsy! I redid a bread box a couple of years ago, then decided to change decor. Stuck it in my shop and it went to Italy...crazy, huh?

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