Upcycled Garage Sale Dated Breadbox With Paint & Stencils

July 25, 2019
Last summer, I purchased this cutesy country basket style breadbox at the Littlefork citywide rummage sales, along with other great finds.

Why cutesy country style?  Look at all the hearts in the fabric and the lid's heart knob.  It's heart overload!

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The entire inside of the basket is lined with the ruffled mauve and country blue fabric.

First, I removed the fabric and the lid, and gave the breadbox a wipe down.

Next, I mixed up a jar of Homestead House Milk in Fort York Red and water.  My ratio was about 2 parts water to one part paint.  

I was looking to do more of a wash on the unfinished basket.  

I actually did two coats of my paint.

Since the basket was basically unfinished, the milk paint sort of became a red stain.  The paint soaked into the basket.

I wiped off some the milk paint with a damp rag to remove some of the paint and give it a bit of a distressed look.

I sealed the milk paint with two coats of Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Polyurethane in Satin Finish.  

For the lid, I removed the heart knob, and brushed on two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth.

I pulled out my *Old Sign Stencil Farm Blend Grain stencil, and pounced it on the lid.  I used Fusion Mineral Paints in Coal Black, Fort York Red, and Algonquin.   I sprayed Dixie Belle Easy Peasy Spray Wax for extra protection.

The heart knob was replaced with a white ceramic screw top knob.  The screw length had to be modified to work on the thin lid.

The cutesy country breadbox has gone modern farmhouse!

This stencil is so fun!

My grain stripe cutting board project details are HERE.

Details on the flour sign project can be found HERE.

*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Awesome, Carlene! What an improvement!

  2. Oh goodness... these are so gorgeous, Carlene! The perfect stencil touches to your pieces are always so inspiring!

  3. Love it. This was the last email I have received from you - hope you have not removed me from your list as I get so much inspiration from you!


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