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I have been wanting one of those corner built in bread boxes in my kitchen for a while.  Since it isn’t a high priority on my spending list I thought I would make do with what I could.  So I was thrilled when I got this breadbox for $2 at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago.DSC05717

I lived with it for about a week just to make sure that I do indeed like it.  I have been known to think things are cool, remake it, only to never use it.  My husband loves to tease me about this so I try hard not to give him another reason to joke at my expense (since I already give him enough material).DSC05718 I have also been wanting to bring more punches of red throughout my kitchen.  I love the robin’s egg blue walls with my black cabinets.  I also love adding pops of color and what better color to do it with than RED. LOVES ME SOME RED!

This bread box looked like it had been loved.  It was all dirty and greasy.  Ugh!  I took the entire thing apart and sanded it all down with 120 grit sandpaper.  Then I scrubbed the thing clean. DSC05742I didn’t bother to primer this since I prepped the surface well and I was going to a dark red color. I just sprayed away.DSC05744Of course I had to change out the old wood knob for a crystal one.  I love these Oval-O knobs from Eclectic Cabinet Knobs and Decor.  They are all vintage and fun.DSC05756Since you could never guess what is inside the box (ha!) I decided to label it.  Since I am too cheap and too impatient to order vinyl letters I decided to paint them myself.

I printed out the word “Bread” on paper.  Next I scribbled with pencil over the back of the paper really heavy handed. DSC05746DSC05747 Then I laid it on my bread box and traced the letters with a pencil.  It transferred the letters perfectly to the wood.  DSC05748DSC05745 Then with a small paintbrush I hand painted the letters.  All it takes is a steady hand, paint and a small paintbrush.DSC05750 I put the entire box back together and added my bread.  Speaking of bread did you try those Arnold/Brownberry Sandwich Thins?  I got hooked on them when they were a sponsor at the Blissdom Conference. Yum-o.  Sorry…rabbit trail.DSC05751 Okay back on the right path…DSC05753DSC05754 Don’t forget to visit the CSI Project tomorrow.  It is opening day and our first challenge is paint, we’d love to have you participate.


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  1. Love those bread boxes! You did a great job on the revamp-love the red too!

  2. I've been keeping my eye out for a bread box, but I think I've been too picky. Yours started out kinda ugly but ended up too cute! I love the way the letters turned out. I'll have to try that.

  3. Oh I love it. So cute and I love how you did the stenciling too. I have an ugly one that I want to do something with. But I'm not sure what yet.

  4. Love the breadbox. My mom had one just like that for years!!! Her's wasn't cute and red though. What a fabulous redo!

  5. The bread box looks great! I love the trick for transferring the letter outlines! Looking forward to the CSI party tomorrow.


  6. Love It! What a fun little trick to forgo the vinyl! I have just the thing for that little trick of yours!

  7. So cute! I didn't realize they were still around – but I sure love it! The red really "pops" and adds to your whole counter. I especially love the little gum ball machine next to it! 🙂

  8. I am just completely envious of the fact that you have room on your counter-top for a big red bread box! Love the crystal knob and thanks for the tip on how to transfer letters – I love it! Oh, and red… PERFECT accent color.

  9. So pretty! That tip about using pencil on the BACK of the paper is so handy!! How smart.

  10. OOOOOh I LOVE that red!!! It's adorable!! I have a corner garage/cabinet (you know this) but don't have room for the bread in there and I see these things all the time at Goodwill and pass them by…just saw one today. I may have to go back now! (Of course, now it will be gone and it will be months before I see another one.)

  11. I LOVE your bread box and the red is the perfect color. Funny how what is old is new again. We use to have a metal bread box and of course they became a thing of the past and now here they are again.

  12. Wowza! Love it! That knob is to die for too. So very creative!

  13. I love the pop it adds to the counter! And what a great suggestion on the lettering!

  14. It looks great. I really brought that piece into the right decade. Thanks for the tip on that bread, I was debating on trying it.

  15. Love it!! That little knob is just genius. 🙂 It looks wonderful. 🙂 Thanks for the visit today!

  16. Yay! I love the red, but I really love that you handlettered it! It's just darling!

  17. Yay! I love the red, but I really love that you handlettered it! It's just darling!

  18. Yay! I love the red, but I really love that you handlettered it! It's just darling!

  19. Yay! I love the red, but I really love that you handlettered it! It's just darling!

  20. Such a cute project t Beckie. I love that knob you used too. Red is my favorite color!


  21. You are so clever …. I just love your bread box. And the red is fantastic and the cute vintage knob! Beautiful job!

  22. OMG! So that pencil thing really works, huh? I have a bread box that I painted and wanted to paint BREAD across it and have been waiting to get out to the store for some transfer paper. Now I know I can do it this way. My box it light cream color….Do you think the pencil lead will clean off easily? Thanks!

  23. I love this! My grandma had a bread box when I was younger so it makes me feel very nostalgic. I think the red looks fab!

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