How should I finish a roll top bread box?

Eileen Omeara
by Eileen Omeara
I'm making a charging station from a roll top bread box. I'm not sure what stain or other finish I should use. I think paint would cause the top not to roll. Should I use shellac or some other finish. It is very light now.

  5 answers
  • Gk Gk on Jul 10, 2018

    What you choose to use depends on what kind of material the breadbox is made from. I have painted a few bread boxes--wood and metal--with spray paint and it worked fine. You could prime it first and then spray paint it.

  • Wendy Wendy on Jul 10, 2018

    What a fun project idea, Eileen! Is there a way to remove the rolling part to paint it? If not, why not use a paint marker- that would make being detail oriented easier!

  • Leona Leona on Jul 10, 2018

    I actually hand painted mine with craft paint (not too wet) It took several coats and I did not paint the fabric strip that allows it to roll, but painted all the rest of the inside. I then decorated the top with a painted old fashioned doily in more craft paint. Have fun.

  • Zest it Up Zest it Up on Jul 10, 2018

    That's such a creative idea! Love it! We are big fans of walnut stain! You can also match the stain to any wooden furniture you have in your home already.

  • Vicki Bushert Vicki Bushert on Jul 10, 2018

    I used spray paint enamel

    on mine. It's not thick like brush on paints and comes in many colors.