Wooden Bread Box Makeover with Spray Paint
I’m always amazed by how easy it can be to completely transform things, and this wooden bread box makeover is just one example of the magical power of spray paint.
When it comes to giving something a new look quickly, spray paint is one of this gal’s best friends, and it never ever disappoints.
You know how sometimes you have something that you look at everyday, and that something speaks to you… and not in a good way. lol.
And everyday you say to yourself… “that needs a makeover.”
And every day another day passes without that makeover being done.
Maybe it’s because that thing just hasn’t made it to the top of your very, very long project list yet.
Maybe it’s because you can’t decide exactly what you want to do to it.
Or maybe it’s because you haven’t found something to inspire you.
Or maybe it’s all three.
Fun and flowerful wooden bread box makeover
This $5 thrifted wooden bread box is one of those things.
I brought it home after I did my aqua and red kitchen makeover, and it’s been sticking out like a sore thumb ever since that day.
And now, finally, it’s not.
If you love the wood look, by all means keep it the way it is.
But I’m a color-loving and color-needing kinda girl, and this wooden bread box has been calling out, more like yapping at me actually, for a new look for a few years now.
And instead of continuing to not listen, I decided it was time to take a leap of faith and just go for it.
Sometimes if we wait until we’re absolutely sure about a makeover, that makeover never actually gets done.
I resemble that remark sometimes. lol.
So, I let the bread box butt into the top of the list.
I made a decision about what I hoped it would look like, and I found my inspiration in a simple, but lovely, piece of floral lace, which you’ll see a bit later.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of this makeover I thought I should share that we don’t use the bread box as a bread box.
It’s actually where we keep our spices, extracts, chocolate squares, and other goodies that we use for cooking and baking.
It’s the perfect size for most spice bottles, and it’s a nice dark place to store them
The bread box is quite heavy and very sturdy, and was well worth my five dollars.
And this makeover will barely add to that cost
Here’s that piece of floral lace that I mentioned earlier. It’s very large, and I recently found it at a thrift store for $1.
I immediately knew it was meant for my bread box makeover. And some red and white spray paints will do very nicely.
I took the bread box door off with a simple screwdriver. No fancy tools needed.
Preparing for my wooden bread box makeover
And then I did a test with the spray paint to see how I wanted my bread box to look.
The left is a bottom layer of red, with a top layer of white… and the right is a bottom layer of white with a top layer of red.
You’ll see shortly which one I opted for.
The first step is to give all the bread box parts a couple of light coats of the white paint.
Inside and out, and both sides of the shelf and door.
And now this is where the magic starts.
Spray painting the door of the wooden bread box
I cut a piece of the lace to fit over the inside of the door.
It’s always a good idea to start with the part that will be seen the least. This is where the booboos can work themselves out, if needed.
I used this same lace stencil technique on my living room blinds makeover, and it worked great so I decided to give it another try.
You only have one shot at this, so it’s important to make it count.
But if it does get messed up, you can just wait for it to dry, repaint it white, and then try again. No worries.
Here are a few important tips to hopefully stop that from happening:
- Make sure the lace is as flat as possible
- Hold the spray paint can at least 12 inches high so the spray isn’t too thick
- Hold the spray paint can directly above the area you’re spray painting and move it along as you go. Do not spray on an angle or the paint will get under the lace.
- Shake the can regularly while spray painting
- Remove the lace immediately after painting by lifting it off, not pulling.
I used a very small piece of the lace, which I was able to reuse after it dried for all the parts of the bread box, so I have tons left over for future projects.
I was very happy with it, so I called it done and moved on.
You’re not going to get equal coverage all over, and quite frankly that’s not the way it should look anyway.
Things that are hand done shouldn’t be perfect. That is so not the point of doing it yourself.
Happy creating flows from embracing imperfection.
Trust me. I know of what I speak.
After the inside of the door was dry I did the all important front of the door.
I placed one of the flower middles over for screw hole for the door knob. You’ll see the finished front door a little later on.
When it came to the top of the bread box, I had to protect the rest of it from any oopsies and over spray.
You think oopsies won’t happen?
I’ve learned from experience that protecting is better than fixing.
Once everything that needed to be covered was, I was good to go.
I let the top dry before painting the sides, just so I wouldn’t accidentally mess it up.
All the edges will stay white, so I taped them all off before stenciling.
Supplies needed for this wooden bread box makeover
- wooden bread box
- spray paints in colors of choice
- lace to be used a stencil
- painter’s tape
The top of the bread box was hard to see on my kitchen counter so I put it on the floor to take this pic.
It won’t really be visible most of the time, but needed to be done in case I ever move the bread box to another location.
Here’s a before again of my very study and very functional bread box spice keeper.
And here’s the after.
I have to say that I’m pretty much in love with it.
The decoupaged recipe kitchen counter allows my colorful bread box to really stand out.
I spray painted the two hinges white to make them disappear, and the knob yellow to make it stand out.
Yellow is an accent color in my kitchen, so for me it works.
I thought about adding dots of yellow to the centers of the flowers, but decided against it. I like the yellow knob all on its own.
The interior of the bread box was left white so the contents are easier to find, and I don’t think it needs a liner.
But that’s just a personal choice.
Here’s another before, where you can see my spray painted yellow glass vases.
When doing a makeover like this it’s important to do what you love, and what you think will work in your space.
This technique of using lace as a stencil has endless possibilities, depending on the lace you use and the colors as well.
Any color combo will work as long as it works for you, and this technique could be used on a multitude of things.
Now instead of yapping at me, my fun and flowerfully funky bread box is singing every time I see it.
And that makes me smile, and happy dance a little too, and that’s what this decorating thing is really all about.
I hope you’ve been inspired to try this technique yourself.
We all deserve to have the things in our homes make us smile, and happy dance a little too.
Or maybe even a lot. Why not! 🙂
It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.
Thanks so much for reading and until next time,