Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying the beautiful sunshine like I am so far today. This past weekend I was busy finishing up a couple of projects so I could share them with you. This week I’m going to show you a couple of my recent thrift store finds that found new life with a little help from me. Excited? You should be!
I was excited to find this old bread box for only $5! It was in great condition other than some paint and scuff marks. I immediately knew I had to take this home with me and break out the spray paint. Who doesn’t love a good box to store things in? Check out what it looked liked when I first brought it home.
Not very eye catching, huh? Well, that’s where I come in…
I love the distressed metal pieces I keep seeing at stores like TJ Maxx and World Market, so that’s where my inspiration for this box came from. I decided to first give it a new look with some metallic paint. After cleaning it up a bit, I gave it a couple of coats of Aluminum Matte Metallic spray paint by Krylon. This made it super shiny! I wasn’t worried, because I knew I would tone it down in my next step.
I then took my sand paper and scruffed it up a bit, paying special attention to the edges and areas that already showed some wear. Next, I used a cloth to wipe on some wood stain. I used Rust-Oleum Ultimate Oil Wood Stain in Kona. I rubbed the stain over it with a cloth until I received my desired distressed result. Check out how the stain makes the distressed areas stand out. Imperfections are welcome when you’re striving for a distressed look. That makes it an easy project for beginners!
My last step was to spray one coat of sealing spray to finish it off. This seals in the stain so it won’t rub off on your clothes, furniture, fingers, etc. DO NOT skip this step!
I really like the finish on the box. The combination of metallic paint and wood stain helped me achieve the exact look I was aiming for! I’ve used paint and stain to distress furniture pieces many times before, but this was my first project using metallic paint. I am very happy with how this project turned out and would definitely try this process again for other projects.
What do you think of my bread box makeover? All I have to do now is decide what I’m going to store in this beautiful box. Bread is too boring for this stylish box! How would you use this box around your home? Stay tuned to the blog this week as I reveal some other thrift store find updates!