A Cutesy Country Garage Sale Breadbox Farmhouse Makeover

8 Materials
2 Hours

What is cutesy country style? It's heart overload, with lots of mauve and country blue.

I purchased this cutesy country basket style breadbox at the Littlefork citywide rummage sales, along with other great finds.

 Look at all the hearts in the fabric and the lid's heart knob. It's heart overload!The entire inside of the basket is lined with the ruffled mauve and country blue fabric.

First, I removed the fabric and the lid, and gave the breadbox a wipe down.Next, I mixed up a jar of Homestead House Milk in Fort York Redand water. My ratio was about 2 parts water to one part paint.  I was looking to do more of a wash on the unfinished basket. 

I applied two coats of my paint.

Since the basket was basically unfinished, the milk paint sort of became a red stain. The paint soaked into the basket.I wiped off some the milk paint with a damp rag to remove some of the paint and give it a bit of a distressed look.I sealed the milk paint with two coats of Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Polyurethane in Satin Finish. 

For the lid, I removed the heart knob, and brushed on two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth.I pulled out my Old Sign Stencil Farm Blend Grain stencil, and pounced it on the lid. The stencil price online is in Canadian money, so with the exchange it would cost about $23. I used Fusion Mineral Paints in Coal Black, Fort York Red, and Algonquin.  I sprayed Dixie Belle Easy Peasy Spray Wax for extra protection.

The heart knob was replaced with a white ceramic screw top knob. The screw length had to be modified to work on the thin lid.

The cutesy country breadbox has gone modern farmhouse! Details for my cutting board, grain stripe project at the left can be found HERE, and tutorial for four other breadbox upcycles are available HERE.

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