Monday, November 30, 2009

Breadbox

I know, who wants to read a post about a breadbox? And I won't lie, that's what this is really about. But it's worth reading...

I always thought that breadboxes were unnecessary on a kitchen counter. Until I married a sandwich-loving man and started packing a factory's-worth of school lunches. Then when my cute counter-top pedestal bowl could no longer hold bagels and bread and rolls and the occasional collection of bite-size snickers, I realized the true value of a breadbox.

I looked for one on ebay and craigslist and goodwill online (love it). Couldn't really find one that appealed to me. I also tried etsy, but only found one breadbox even listed. That one wasn't for me either.

The other day I was at an actual goodwill retail store and found one for $5.

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I figured this one could be painted my favorite seafoam green color and I would call it a success.

Then...I changed my mind. I thought that painting the entire door might make it too difficult to slide up and down. So I decided to mod podge.

I primed the entire box and planned to paint the whole thing white and glue some cute scrapbook paper to the slats of the sliding door.

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I had to decide on the paper. I thought that scrapbook paper would be easy to apply since it's fairly stiff and wouldn't get stuck in the mod podge. On the other hand, I thought that a pretty wrapping paper would let the sliding door continue to slide easily. When it came down to it, I based this decision on the paper that I liked best.

I ended up choosing this bold black and white print. I cut strips the size of the slats...

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I used the mod podge as a glue under the paper and as a sealer on top of the paper.
Since I wanted the design to stay in tact along the door, I had to keep my paper strips in order.

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I did this by numbering the strips and applying them in order...

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Again, no lies from me: this was a pretty tedious project. Not that it wasn't worth it...I'm just saying...

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I got all of the strips glued, along with matching the paper to continue the pattern the entire width of the breadbox.

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Then I scratched the white paint plan and went with a glossy black...

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Love it.

Love.

It.

If you want other ideas on how to fancy-up your things with mod podge, visit mod podge rocks!

22 comments:

  1. That is awesome! And your papa was a bread man!
    Love, Dad

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  2. I love this!! I have a breadbox sitting around the I picked up at a thrift shop last summer - always intending to do something fabulous to it. You've just inspired me. :-)

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  3. You amaze me more and more!!!! When I become rich (famous may or may not be included) I'm going to hire you to be my personal shopper, seamstress, interior decorator, and crafter! :-D

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  4. How pretty you have made it! When you get done with it you can attach some legs on it and turn it into a little desk for your kiddies..just an idea :o) You are so crafty.

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  5. Loved your choice of black to make the damask pop. You transformed a dated , nondescript, boring breadbox into a jewel that would ice the cake of any kitchen! As a redesigner/homestager I am always searching for ways to create spaces that are current but not costly by reusing my clients' furnishings. Thanks for helping me expand my inventory of ideas.
    Joanne wwwhomestagingravereview.blogspot.com

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  6. That is so lovely and could really be applied to a lot of other things as well.

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  7. That looks wonderful, how long did it take you? Your children are so cute! Hugs, Cindy S.

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  8. Wow. I love this. Seriously. I'm in need of a breadbox myself and this is to die for!

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  9. Cute! Enjoy your time off... the kids' pics are lovely!

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  10. How do you do it kat- amazing!!! love karen

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  11. Wow that is a work of art. I love damask, so you got me right away. Great job.

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  12. I love it!! Love the damask, love that you took the time to match the pattern carefully, love the glossy black. Two thumbs up! :o)

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  13. That's just amazing. I, too, never got the point of a breadbox. Now I want one just because it's pretty. :O)

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  14. I LOVE this.....i have a desk thingy that is basicly a HUGE version of your breadbox and i wanted to mod-podge it but wasnt sure how to go about it.....now i know! Just a quick question....did you end up using scrapbook paper or wrapping paper?

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  15. Hoppin around your blog and I just love this, everything about it...the color, choice of paper. It is beautiful! Wrapping paper or scrap book? I have one of these sitting in my garage and I was going to turn on the tube but now I am off to prime. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  16. I wanted to show you that you inspired me and I made my own :) I put a link back to give you the credit :)

    http://itsacowgirlthing.blogspot.com/2011/05/breadbox-makeover.html

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  17. Love this! I have that same breadbox & think it needs a face lift. Found you from Tiffany's breadbox post. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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