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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Old Box...New tricks

First of all, I have to apologize for this is getting out so darn late.
My youngest was home with the flu today so there was a bit more going on than usual.
Which means I'm also just a bit behind on e-mails as well.
So if you've e-mailed & haven't gotten a reply....
I'm coming, I promise. Just playing catch up from today.

All right then... onto the fun part!

So not sure if I've mentioned it yet or not...but I kinda have a thing for storage.
Baskets, crates, boxes, rubber maids, jars......
anything I can store, organize, make pretty or slap some kind of label on.

I didn't however, jump on the bread box bandwagon right away. 
Mainly because I couldn't figure out how to incorporate one into my home.
My thinking changed one day when I'd had enough of kitchen counter clutter.

{I have spent over an hour scouring my files & just cannot locate the before photo}

But it was brown, kinda square, old & ugly.
Got a picture in your head? K.
What led to me to looking for a counter top corral?
Meet the posse.
If you have furbabies then you understand the sheer amount
of treats & misc. that gets stored in the kitchen or mudroom for them.
I had already found a cute basket for their
brushes, extra collars, clippers etc.
That just left the problem of where to store the array treats.
I don't care for open baskets on the counter because you can still see inside them.
Translates to = they still look cluttered.
I needed hidden storage.
I spotted a bread box on my last shopping trip & decided it just may fit the bill.

I didn't have time to make it pretty when I first picked it up
so I just slapped some white paint on it & called it good.
Ummmmm, no picture of that either.
Still love me?
Good :)
I finally got tired of looking at it last week & tore it apart.
I only had a general idea of where I was going with this.
I was totally making it up as I went.
Some Elmer's glue to start things off....
Some grey paint over that...lightly & only going over the glue once......
A little blow dryer action & some crackling........
Once that dried I sanded all over, hitting the edges a little harder.
Then onto some Cece chalk paint in Destin Gulf Green for the outside.....
& some Hershey Brown for the cut out on the door......
 Slapped on in a haphazard fashion.
Sanded back again once it was dry. 
 Then I slapped on an oops, soft white over all that...let it dry......sanded again.....
*No pictures of that either.
I seriously thought I wasn't going to blog about this 
so I wasn't too hyper-vigilant about pictures.
Some Cece's Vermont Slate on the inside.
Again; sloppy incomplete coverage.
Let it all dry, sanded inside & out & gave it some of Cece's light aging wax.
Inside & out.
On the outside of the door I just had a little fun.
Got out some fabric and stamps & just played.
I like how the harlequin ties into the table I just finished
& I just love script on anything so I had to use some here too.
The very center is a scrap piece of muslin with some script & a fleur di lis.
 Anything is better than the ceramic plate decorated with old flowers that used to be there.
I think I'm happy so........all done!
I love the texture on this piece. I even love the big ol' crack in the side :)
 The muslin in the door.
 (attached with glue gun)
 The layering is so pretty.Seems to show up so much better in person.
I wish it would have photographed that way.
I think I may change out the handle for a small crystal one eventually. 
I was just working with what I had at the time.
Not only does it fit their treat jars; it also holds a little overstock.
 Perfect for my needs & it looks so much better than just sitting out or piled in a basket.

I already have another breadbox & am plotting a new use for that one in the bathroom :)
I think I understand the allure of the bread box now.

I'll be back tomorrow with another little project I finished for the kitchen.
I hope to get all the small projects finished so
by the time it warms up, I'm ready to hit a couple of the big ones. 

Slow & steady wins the race right? 

Have a wonderful night!


  1. Wow- What a great makeover. I will look at those old breadboxes in a totally new light now- xo Diana

  2. Stacey, this looks amazing! You are something, girl! These almost spring flu bugs are not fun - am battling one myself. Hope the rest of your week is great! ~Cindy@littlemisscelebration.com

    1. Thank you so much Cindy! He finally turned the corner today so I'm relieved. I hope your bug is gone before you know it. Have a great weekend!

  3. I love it, and I think the handle is in keeping with the rustic-ness of the piece.

    1. Thank you Teri! You might just be right on that one. The more I look at it, the more I think I'll keep it one there. It does seem to fit :) Have a great day & thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. How fun! You had a great time "creating" I can tell! I have a bread box that is in need of a makeover and the furry friends storage is perfect!


    1. Thanks June! I did have a good time playing around with this little creation. Sometimes the ones that start with little direction in mind turn out the best. So glad to have you, have a wonderful weekend.

  5. You really are amazing Stacey!!!
    Another piece of art!

  6. I love how your breadbox turned out, Stacey! What a great idea for hiding & storing the pet treats. You'll have to be more diligent on taking pictures for the bathroom redo. lol
    Debbie :)

    1. Thank you Debbie! I know I have to keep up on those pictures ;) I do have to say, it sure looks a lot nicer than having all the treats shoved in a basket. Except my now furbabies can really hear it when I get near their treats. I move everything when I wipe down the kitchen counters at night when I pull the bread box out, the jars jingle a little inside there. Both my girls come running thinking it's time for a cookie. I feel so bad looking at their big sad eyes, they usually end up getting one. I might need to work on a ay to make the jars quieter:)


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