DIY Enamel Bread Box Makeover

Apparently my version of playing Pokemon Go is just spray painting things. Has your social media exploded with this too? In my world, transforming a $5 thrift store find into something awesome is the equivalent of catching a Mewtwo (and yes, I had to look that up… I can’t hang with the cool crowd).

(Does anyone else find it hilarious that we grown-ups want coloring books now and our kids want laptops? Just me? Okay.)

The other day though I decided this $5 bread box needed to come home with me because… we like bread and we have a new kitchen, so why not?

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For a while, I’d been seeing these pretty vintage enamel bread boxes in farmhouse style boutique shops for around $50-60. I even spotted them in a few episodes of Fixer Upper.

So, I set out to attempt the look on my sad looking thrifted bread box with spray paint for this month’s round of Trash to Treasure Tuesday. And I was mostly able to use items I already had since it only required very basic supplies.

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I spray painted the entire bread box first with two coats of the black spray paint and let dry.

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Using the painter’s tape, I taped off the edges of the bread box where I would later want the black showing. Then, I applied two coats of the gloss white spray paint and let dry.

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I printed my stencil I’d made in Picmonkey and cut out my letters using a utility knife. Then just taped the letters where I wanted them onto the bread box.

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I applied the black acrylic paint with the artist’s brush using a dabbing motion to try and prevent the paint from bleeding under the stencils. (If I had letter stickers, this step would have been more crisp and even easier to use like I did with the painter’s tape, but I couldn’t find any that were the right size.)

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Once I peeled the stencils off, voila! Simple and easy.

It definitely didn’t turn out totally perfect, but the vintage enamel look isn’t supposed to be perfect anyway. And considering my bread box turned out to be $9 total as opposed to the $50-60 for the real deal enamel ones, I’d say it’s still a win.

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I think I have a major crush on black vintage lettered decor since I seem to have it all over our kitchen now. That was a total accident and not even planned.

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Yay for thrift store junk turned boutique farmhouse decor! And also carbs. Carbs are really something to celebrate. πŸ˜‰

Now, if you need me, I’ll be over here catching Pokemon on my phone and doodling in my adult coloring book. Just kidding. I’ll probably just be spray painting something in my garage like I always do.

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You can check out all of the other Trash to Treasure transformations from my other T2T gal pals below too:


See the afters (clockwise from top left):

Artsy Chicks Rule | Prodigal Pieces | Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer | Girl in the Garage

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  1. I love it!!! I will have to keep my eye out for those now. πŸ™‚ btw…I really like the look of your backsplash in one of those pictures. Did you do that yourself? I love that look!

    1. Thank you, Laura! Yes, we did do the backsplash ourselves. It was only $75 for our entire kitchen using faux brick paneling. I’ll be sharing the tutorial this Saturday on Remodelaholic.com if you want to see the details about it. πŸ™‚

  2. This is sooo cute Lauren, if it were not for thrift store finds, my house would be empty!!! Not sure if we can find the the same kind of bread box here in Ontario, but I know I’ll find one anyway and do the same thing!! just love it thanks so much! oh and by the way, I never read anyone’s blog that is until I found yours!!!

    1. Wow! Thank you so much, Pat! I’m right there with you. Our house would be pretty sad looking if it weren’t for all of the thrifty finds we’ve scored over the past couple of years. Gotta love it. πŸ™‚

    1. Yay! Paint that bad boy! I know. I don’t get it either. But I haven’t tried it, so maybe I’m just missing out on something super amazing. I guess we’ll never know. πŸ˜‰

  3. Lauren, love it!!!! We are so in sync! Love how your kitchen has come along. Also, I really love the trash-to-treasure posts. Can’t wait to look around my garage and see what I can rehab.

    Love your blog – read it EVERY day!

    Blessing to you and yours!

    1. You’re so sweet, Carol! Thank you! The trash-to-treasure posts are my favorite. The big projects are really fun and all, but the unexpected thrift store flips are the most fun I think. πŸ™‚

  4. SO. FREAKING. CUTE. I love it!

    I always find that I have fun trash-to-treasure ideas like this, bring something home with every intention of working on the project, and then just end up with a garage full of stuff…

    Does that ever happen to you, and if so, how do you handle it? Just purge the stuff? Institute a “no-spend” week (or month, or whatever) so you can focus on those projects? I’d love to hear more about how you manage the projects and crafts you want to take on, large or small (like for example, when you’re working on a larger-scale project like your kitchen, do you just say NO SMALL CRAFTS/SMALLER MAKEOVERS during that time?)

    1. Haha! I know what you mean. I don’t allow myself to go thrifting UNTIL I’ve already finished most of the projects with the thrift finds already in my garage. It’s like a way to reward myself. NO thrift shopping until the other stuff is out of my garage. Or I would drive my husband crazy. πŸ˜‰ The blog keeps me really motivated too though, which I know most people don’t have. I’m telling ya… if it wasn’t for me continuously posting projects, I’d just be a pack rat. I hold off on thrifting while we’re in the middle of big projects too since we usually need the space. Painting our cabinets took over our entire garage so I didn’t have room for all of that at the time anyway.

  5. Hi Lauren, Thank you for once again taking something that I would never try and making it look easy. I have one question. I don’t understand why you put the 2 coats of black paint on the box if you’re covering it up with the white anyway. Did I miss something?

    1. I love the look but I also have the same question why 2 coats of black than the white does it give it more of an aged look .

      1. Thanks, Jaynell! So putting the coat of black on first gave me the base I needed for taping off the edges when I painted the white. My original plan was actually to also use letter stickers to use like painter’s tape and peel off after spray painting the white to create the black letters, but I didn’t have any luck finding the size and font I needed. So the letter stencil was Plan B.

  6. Very nice! Also, where do you find your grain sack kitchen towels like the one laying by the loaf of bread?

  7. I have been looking for a tutorial on this!! I have a similar silver bread box and am getting tired of looking at it. Thanks for the wonderful idea!!

  8. I love how it turned out! These are my favorite kind of projects… take something from a thrift store or yard sale and make it over to fit exactly what you want while saving A TON of money doing it!

    1. Thanks, Lindsay! They’re my favorite too. πŸ™‚ There are so many great ideas always hanging out around thrift stores if you’re able to look past the ugliness.

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