Bread Box Makeover & Ideas For Other Uses

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?
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. >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.

  2. Hi! I recently bought a bread box like the blue one, only it was ugly brown, at D.I.-wow and I painted it that shade of blue mixed with a tiny bit of black. However, i painted the top part ivory and then added a dollar store sticker that says LOVE, makes a house a home.” I can’t believe how close they are to being identical!

  3. I have a friend that buys certain types from yard sales etc and she repaints them, stands them up on their backs sides ( The door opening is on top) puts wood dividers inside to store plastic forks, spoons & knives. She made one for our lunch room at work, has made one for her church to keep for functions etc. I do believe the types she looks for are straight cut sides (not scalloped) in fact I’m looking around the web for such an idea myself but have not found one.

    1. Linda, that sounds so cool! What a great remake idea, and that would work so well at home to for silverware, if you have a small kitchen.. it would even be nice to keep on the table… I am so glad you told me about that!