French Country Bread Box Upcycle

French Country Bread Box
So, I found this little lovely while out thrifting and have a very hard time passing over a solid piece that is easy to refinish and turn into something else.  I am gluten-free so I don’t eat bread, and my family eats very little.  The need for a functional bread box was not there, but the need for a….

new home for this pile of wires was very obvious.  This has been bugging  me for about 3 1/2 years, basically ever since we moved into our home and our chargers landed in the corner of the kitchen.  I was pregnant with our son (#3 of 4) and I really didn’t care at the time, just needed to unpack and try not to go into labor while moving.  Why do we move when we are pregnant? Not sure.  I have moved during three of my pregnancies, and it has been equally enjoyable each time.  So, here they sat, in a jumbled, dusty, mess.  Each week I lifted the basket and dusted under them.  So when this little bread box came home and sat on my workbench for a couple weeks, I knew what I would turn her into.

Now, in my haste, I did not take a ton of pictures for this tut so you will have to use your imagination based upon the amazing written descriptionn I am providing…lol 🙂

I used an heirloom white satin spray paint, and did a few coats, allowing each to dry well before applying the next.  I cut out an area for cords in the back (it’s not a perfect cut but it faces the wall…who cares!) Added a stencil to the front in a light charcoal with acrylic paint, and used a fine sandpaper all over once it was dry.

That’s right, I was feeling a bit impatient and did not feel like painting the inside.  I’m lazy like that sometimes, and we craft and create because it is fun, not because it is supposed to be perfect.  So actually, I am liberating all lazy crafters out there by taking a stand (and saving some time and spray paint) and not painting the inside. 
And, this is how it turned out! I really like the softness of the charcoal paint instead of black which I usually use.  This was super easy and I have rescued the corner of my kitchen from a future of jumbled wires and dust. 

It does not have to turn out perfect for it to be fabulous, happy creating and dig around in your garage this weekend.  You never know what you might find that is ready for a good old-fashioned face-lift.
Hugs, Tanya 🙂

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  1. That is perfect! Love the shabby tech hider 😉 Better then anything you could buy. Super cute idea!

    I'll be sharing and pinning this =)

  2. Oh I like it! What a great idea to use that to hide your charging cords…love the stencil on there too 🙂

  3. @ Shannon- Fox Hollow Cottage: Thank you for stopping by! I could not find anything to deal with the "wire pile" so this seemed like a good option 🙂 loving your blog too

    @ Christine- Park House Love: Thank you Christine, I appreciate the support for a blogging newbie out here so much!

  4. Found you from Fox Hollow sharing this post on FB. Great idea! Love stopping by! Love, Me

  5. Genius! Fox Hollow Cottage posted this link on Face Book and I was so amazed at your idea! The finished product is not only useful but beautiful! I have a bread box in my stash that I may have to work into one of these! I already have one I did that holds stationary supplies and the like in one kitchen corner! I am now going to follow your blog and looking forward to more inspiration! Drop by and

  6. Popped in via DIY Project parade to say hello. Great project, I often think its the imperfections that make something truly beautiful. Your french bread box tidies up those wires well, fab job.

  7. I understand you about the wires, sometimes when you see messy things in your house, you feel like hyper and want to do something about it. This is a great solution to cover all wires, myself I am a person who does not like to see wires around, it drives me crazy and not in a good way hehehe. This solution is definitely the most apropiate one to do, very well done as well, I like the old patina

  8. I love this! and anyone aqua-inclined is a friend of mine 🙂

    New follower!

  9. Anne, Thanks for the follow, back to the craft room to cook up some more fabulousness! Have a wonderful day 🙂

    Erika, Thank you very much for your comment. I agree, a pile of stuff just makes you feel blah. I finally dealt with that pile of blah…onto the next 😉

    Hip Brown, you are right imperfections ARE ok. I grew tired of making something perfect, it's perfect for

  10. Hi Tanya,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and inviting me over. What a great upcycle idea and great execution on the stencil.

    ~Mimi B~

  11. Reinventing Mimi B, Thank you for coming by! I have been saving that stencil for just the right project for a while now 🙂 Tanya

  12. Love this project!!! Next time I see one at Goodwill I will have to pick it up and give this a try!

  13. Oh la la! Tres like! I am now a happy follower!

    There is a link party going on in my blog today. I would LOVE for you to share this 🙂


  14. Melissa@ Daisymaebelle, thank you for your comment and checking out my blog, I really appreciate it!

    Myric, I am glad you were able to stop on by too, and thank you for the link to your par-tay!!!

    Hugs- Tanya 🙂

  15. Brandy@GreyLaneHome says

    Tanya this was such a smart idea. I love it.

  16. Brandy @ GreyLaneHome, Thank you for coming by and I really appreciate your comment! Have a wonderful day 🙂 Tanya

  17. I love this! I have a bread box that's been sitting in the back seat of my truck for…like 2 months now. But at $1.29 I couldn't leave it! Maybe I'll try something similar!

  18. I love the idea of hiding all those ugly electronics. That is a peeve of mine. And your transformation came out darling!

  19. Ansley, it sounds like we all do the same thing. Drag home a smokin'deal and then wait for inspiration to hit. Thank you so much for coming by and saying hi, Tanya 🙂

    Kim, that has been bugging me too. You paint, decorate and still have a pile of unsightly cords. Next will be the home office cord/mess. Thank you very much for stopping on over, I really appreciate it, Tanya 🙂

  20. What a creative use for a bread box!
    It came out fantastic!

  21. Love the makeover on the bread box! Whoever said a bread box could only be used to store bread:P Very creative to make other uses for it. It gives me ideas for my craft room… it would be a great organization piece!

  22. Becca, ok Sassy Penguin is totally cute. I believe the technical decorating term is "super cute" thank you so much for coming on over and your follow, I am your latest reader 😉

    Maysem, one of these would be awesome in a craft room….hmmm…may have to run to SA (Salvation Army) tonight 🙂 Thank you for stopping in today and the follow back – Tanya

  23. Very cute bread box. I love stenciling on anything. thanks for sharing with my newbie party. Please add my little ole link too.

  24. Debbie, Thank you so much for checking out my blog today! And thank you for the reminder on the link for your wonderful newbie party. Heading back over you way to check out everyone now 🙂 Thank you again- Tanya

  25. Great solution to the messy cord dilemma! This turned out super cute! 🙂

  26. Sharla, thank you for visiting me today! I am your new follower and look forward to checking out your gluten free posts too 🙂 Tanya

  27. what a great idea! I keep seeing bread boxes lately, so now I know what to do with the next one I find. I love how this turned out, especially with the charcoal paint instead of the black. It looks much softer, and not as harsh or bold as black might have.

  28. Emily, it seems like you see one at every yard sale or thrift store. I had a lot of fun with this. Thank you so much for coming by and the comment love rocks! Tanya 🙂

  29. What a great idea! I don't know if anyone actually uses those bread boxes anymore, but this is such a great use of something old!

  30. What an awesome idea! I love the color and the design of the bread box. My Mom has the exact same one. I'm going to tell her to paint hers now. lol! I will have to remember this idea for sure. ~ Jamie

  31. Good Time Charlie, gotta love a free or cheap upcycle! Thank you so much for visiting me 🙂

    Jamie, I think my mom has one too. I love being able to tuck the pile cords away into something pretty 🙂 Tanya

  32. What a great idea! Isee these all the time at Goodwill and would never have thought to do this. Love it 🙂 Thanks for being a follower. Now yours as well!

  33. Ms. A, I love upcycling something I already have or something I find for a song. Thank you for the follow back and comment too- Tanya 🙂

  34. Lovely idea and the box is darling, thanks so much for linking to cowgirl up.

  35. Anita, thank YOU for hosting, I can't wait to link up again this coming week. Tanya 🙂

  36. You clever girl! What a great idea! Love the shabby Frenchness you added to it! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  37. Laurie,

    Thank you for your sweet comment! I am either clever or cheap 🙂 Thank you for checking out my project today – Tanya

  38. Great job! Love this idea!

  39. Great idea! Those charging stations can get very messy with wires all tangles around.. I can surely use this idea.. Thanks for linking up at friday fun party

  40. Thanks for joining the French party on Monday!

  41. Ooo, I was excited to see this because I just picked up a breadbox to make one of these! Can you tell me how you cut the back? Thanks! Love your blog. Now following you here and on Pinterest!

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