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DIY Painted Breadbox

By Classy Clutter on Jan 08, 2013
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So, I really like bread boxes. Reason #1: For the past several years, I have lived in homes with little kitchens with minimal storage. reason #2: I hate when my bread gets smashed when it is stored with all the other pantry items, and reason #3 they add such a fun old-fashioned charm to the kitchen. 

Let's meet exhibit A: I found this breadbox at a yard sale a while back for $1 I believe. I cleaned it then left it untouched for a few months. I knew I wanted it painted but there was little to no inspiration for this project. 

Then, one day it hit me. I wanted it to look like an old bakery sign. Since I purchased my overhead projector, it makes projects like this a breeze! 

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First, I wiped it down, removed the knob and taped off the areas I didn't wanted painted. 

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Then, I mixed up some chalk paint using Savannah's DIY Chalk paint recipe. I substituted Plaster of Paris for some non-sanded white grout.

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I painted one coat and let it dry for a couple hours...

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After one coat...

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Then, I painted a second coat and let that dry.

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I made this image using my Silhouette studio software and printed it on transparency paper. 
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Then, I projected the image onto the bread box.

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It looks like this up close.

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Then, you trace the outline really lightly with a pencil.

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It should resemble something like this. 

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Next, I took a fine tip paint brush and traced over my pencil marks. When it dried, I distressed the box and the lettering to make it look antique-ish. The thing about distressing the lettering is that your paint job doesn't have to be perfect; mine is definitely not and that's okay! 

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Then she made her way back to my kitchen with some yummy bread and tortillas inside.

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Cute huh?! I love that it looks like a bakery sign but it holds my bread and other baked goods that I don't want smashed in the cupboard. You could also use this exact tutorial and paint on a piece of wood or something to make an antique looking sign. Chalk paint is really good for making antiquey signs because it distresses so beautifully. This was my first chalk paint experience believe it or not! 

Be sure to check out my kitchen makeover and dining room makeover tutorials and room reveals too! 

There are basically tutorials for everything you see in this space!

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Updated to add: BIG HUGE CONGRATS to my blog partner Savannah and her family! Savannah gave birth to a perfect baby boy this morning! 
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Congrats Sav! Love you!!!!
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