Thursday, March 15, 2012

Is it bigger than a bread box?

Last summer while I was out thrifting, I found this old wooden bread box.  It was pretty grimey and beat up, but I still wanted to bring it home and give it some love.

Well now, almost a year later, I have finally gotten around to giving it a new life.  I took it apart, sanded it down (just enough to get the bigger bumps and bruises out), painted it my aqua (of course), added some shiny new hardware to it and a fancy new back, and put it back together again.  And VOILA!...  what was old is new again.

The glass cleaned up really nice.  Once I scrubbed off all of the icky stuff that was stuck to it, it was like new again.  You can see where I scrubbed just a tad too hard and some of the R came off.  Oops.

The inside especially makes me happy.  Just can't go wrong with some happy scissors peeking out at you.

Now I have a new place to keep my works in progress, or tools, or..... well, I haven't quite figured out exactly what it's new purpose will be, but doesn't it look so nice sitting in it's new home?

And of course, it wouldn't be mine, unless I had some toys or other geekery to adorn it.  Not sure this is the right mix for it though.  I may have to go find some new toys just for my happy little box.

I have been experimenting with some new ideas for the shop.

It's been pretty empty since Christmas, but I plan on refilling it with all sorts of goodies soon.  I will be sure to give you a heads-up when I do.


  1. it is awesome. my grandma had a bread box, I wish I had it.

  2. It is even better than I imagined! You did a great job, Amanda!

  3. Great idea. Now I must get an old bread box:)

  4. You had a good eye to have selected this piece to begin with.

    However, in my opinion, covering the patina with paint also stripped its value and substantially reduced its character and appearance. On future projects, I suggest enhancing the antique value of old objects with simple cleaning (such as with turpentine, linseed oil and bee's wax on the original bread box) and maintenance-repair that does not detract from the original character.

  5. Quick question. Do you think the box can still be used to house bread?

  6. That bread box was made in new castle Indiana by Huddleston wood products..its was a company I owned..made in the 90s..but it should have a date on it 1984 the year I started

  7. Anyone know where I could find a replacement face for my wife's? Ours broke.