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Wooden Bread Box Makeover

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

Before of wooden bread box before makeover 3

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 of wooden bread box before makeover 4

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

Before of wooden bread box before makeover 5

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

spray paint and lace supplies for wooden bread box makeover

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.

removing hinges from bread box door before spray painting

I took the bread box door off with a simple screwdriver. No fancy tools needed.

Preparing for my wooden bread box makeover

tests of spray paint techniques white on red and red on white

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.

wooden bread box parts spray painted white


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

spray painting inside of bread box door with floral lace as a stencil

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.

floral lace used as a stencil for bread box makeover

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.

After floral lace is removed after spray painting

And voila!

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.

putting floral lace in place on door front of bread box

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.

preparing bread box to stencil the top with floral lace and spray paint

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.

top of bread box spray painted using floral lace as a stencil

Once everything that needed to be covered was, I was good to go.

lining up floral lace on side of bread box to match up with the top

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
  • screwdriver

top of bread box after stencilled using lace and spray paint

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.

Before of wooden bread box before makeover 1

Here’s a before again of my very study and very functional bread box spice keeper.

Wooden bread box makeover using spray paint and lace

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.

Wooden bread box makeover using lace as a stencil and spray paint

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.

Inside of bread box after flower makeover

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.

Before of wooden bread box before makeover 2

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.

Wooden bread box makeover with spray paint and lace

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.

This wooden bread box makeover is fun and easy using lace as a stencil and spray paint

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Debra Hubbs says:

    This came out so cute! Love this idea of using lace to stencil.

    1. Thanks Debra! It really is easy to do, and I think a lot faster than using a traditional stencil.

  2. Rebecca Payne says:

    I love the color. Great makeover.

  3. Linnie Sohler says:

    It couldn’t be a better accent for your kitchen! Your explanations are always so precise and helpful! ❤

    1. Thanks Linnie! I really want readers to be able to use the techniques that I share, so I’m glad to hear my explanations are helpful.

  4. Looks perfect with the choices you have made for your kitchen. Your kitchen says “I’m fun come cook something”.

  5. Yet another successful project! This is great……you’d never know it was the same bread box!! Pinned!!

  6. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! The spray painted lace turned out beautiful!

  7. Sometimes it’s hard for me to look through your blog because I’m just not a fan of bright colors, however, I do find things from time to time that I like. This breadbox is just the cutest thing! You couldn’t have done a more perfect look for your home, It’s perfect for you! I could only use these colors outdoors. I’m definitely a dark color girl and have quite the opposite in my home. The breadbox works beautifully in your kitchen and I really love what you’ve done with it!

    1. Thanks Shirley! I don’t expect everyone to like color the way I do, but many of my projects can be customized to any style and color preferences… like this bread box project. Use a different lace tablecloth and different colors and it’s a completely different and unique piece. I just hope that my projects inspire others to diy for themselves in their own way.

  8. Kris Schwarz says:

    Your bread box is just TOO cute! What an amazing job you did – and it goes SO well with your awesome kitchen! Thanks for the ideas!

  9. This is perfection in your kitchen. You have the best eye for colors that pop.
    I have done the lace as stencil on some projects also and they were fabulous too!