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Bread Box Makeover & Ideas For Other Uses

26 September 2010

Sticks and Stones Home Decor has made bread boxes look good again.  She also has a few ideas of how to use them other than for bread.

I got this idea from a crafty friend and I have made several of them. The bread boxes are easy to find at thrift stores and the DI.  They usually run between $3.00 and $5.00. 

How to:

1.  I bring them home and wash the cobwebs out of them. 
2.   Prime them and paint them.  I use spray paint.  Walmart has primer and paint for a dollar a can. Yahooey!!  
3.  Sometimes I distress them with a little sandpaper around the edges. 
4.  I sometimes stain or glaze over them.  (I just use what ever I have on hand.  Just brush it on wipe it off) The bread boxes usually have dings and scratches in them.  When you distress them it looks like those dings were on purpose. 
5.  Add vinyl lettering. 

They are super easy and super cheap.


The uglier they are the cheaper they are.

Here are some other uses we have come up with for these bread boxes.

1.  Drill a hole in the back to thread your cell phone charger through.  Put c-hooks inside for keys, set on a shelf near  the door you use the most. (I love to have a hidden place for clutter.) Instead of putting the word "bread" on it you could put "stuff" or "simplify".
2.  My daughter came up with this one.  Some of the bread boxes have a magnetic closure.  Her idea was to hang it upside down underneath your kitchen cabinet next to the phone.  Put pens, note pad etc. for a little message center.  Brilliant!
3.  If your bread box is big enough you could hide your can opener or toaster inside.  Again, just drill a hole in the back to thread the cord through.
4.  Giant recipe box
5.  Bill/mail organizer
6.  Desk organizer

Those are some great ideas for reusing the bread boxes for other things.  Nice job on the bread box makeovers.  What one do you like?


Prior September 26, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

Yeah, after years I finally gave mine to Goodwill, now I want it back! Yours look wonderful! Lezlee

Lucy Designs September 26, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

I love these! I have a thing about breadboxes too ;) I made one into an organizer!http://lucydesignsblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post.html

K September 27, 2010 at 2:46 AM  

I got a breadbox at a garage sale last weekend. I love having one, especially with limited counter space, but a's been using it in the living room as a chair for the coffee table. I was already tempted to turn it into a storage bench...this might have sealed the deal.

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