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Vintage Bread Box Chalk Paint Makeover

I loved my little vintage bread box that I found at the thrift store, but it needed some more farmhouse charm. I gave my vintage bread box a chalk paint makeover. Oh, the power of paint!

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I’m excited that to be joining the ladies that do the monthly amazing Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Each month, we’ll be coming together and bringing you tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning. This month I decided to give my vintage bread box (one of my favorite thrifty finds) a little chalk paint makeover.

If you love this vintage bread box makeover, you should check out these other thrift store upcycle projects:

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Let’s jump right into my vintage bread box chalk paint makeover.

One of the major decisions during our home renovations was choosing our paint color. We decided to go with one paint color in the main living areas and one in the the bathrooms for simplicity’s sake.

We choose Behr’s Fashion Gray as the main color and Behr’s Burnished Clay. Although I absolutely love our paint color, it is an adjustment after living with only white and tan walls in the past. I now find myself leaning towards lighter colored decor since our walls are darker.

Wooden vintage bread box with "bread" painted on the front

Logan and I stumbled across this awesome vintage bread box at Goodwill and few years ago and fell in love with. After bringing it home, Logan did some work on the base that was warped a bit, but then we left it as is….for three years.

When I got invited to participate in this thrift store challenge, I knew I wanted to tackle giving this bread box a little chalk paint makeover.

Supplies for vintage bread box makeover:

Bottle of Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in White Adirondack sitting on table in front of vintage bread box

I decided to try out the Folk Art brand of chalk paint and chose the color White Adirondack.

Top of vintage bread box showing wear and scratches in the wood

If you haven’t tried out chalk paint yet, one of the perks is that you don’t have to do any sanding before you start painting. This makes it perfect for upcycling thrift store projects – which usually come with their fair share of dings and scratches, like our bread box. This vintage bread box chalk paint makeover covers up all those!

Hand holding foam paint brush applying white chalk paint to the top of vintage bread box

I used a simple foam brush to apply the chalk paint.

I wasn’t sure how many coats we were going to need on the vintage bread box. Here it is after one.

Vintage bread box with door open and one coat of Folk Art's chalk paint

And after 2 coats…

Vintage bread box showing the coverage from 2 coats of white chalk paint from Folk Art

I decided for three coats.

I distressed the vintage bread box using a sanding block. I lightly sanded the whole thing and then did extra around the edges for the distressed farmhouse look that I was going for.

Hand using sanding block to distress a chalk painted vintage bread box

I finished by applying Minwax Finishing Wax using a wax brush.

Can of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax with wax brush

I love how it turned out, what do you think? The painted vintage bread box really brightens up this little corner of my kitchen.

Corner of kitchen with vintage bread box, hanging pot rack, tan counter tops and black sink

I love our pot rack we added during our renovation of this area. There was a big, bulk corner cabinet there before. Removing the cabinet really opened up the space. (You can see more of the before and after home renovations of this project and more here).

Mini faux boxwood plant in concrete planter sitting next to metal deer head and vintage bottles on top of white painted bread box in kitchen

I always get lots of questions about this sign when I post this area on Instagram, so let me save you the trouble. This adorable sign is from Hobby Lobby, but last time I was there I saw it marked down on clearance and now I can’t find it on their site, so I’m guessing it’s long gone!

Hobby Lobby farmhouse sign for kitchen hanging on gray walls above white painted bread box with farmhouse decor
Image of a vintage bread box chalk paint makeover with tiny plant, deer figurine and old bottles above it on the kitchen countertop with text overlay that says Vintage Bread Box Chalk Paint Makeover.

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How To Do A Vintage Bread Box Chalk Paint Makeover

How To Do A Vintage Bread Box Chalk Paint Makeover

Yield: 1
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

I loved my little vintage bread box that I found at the thrift store, but it needed some more farmhouse charm. I gave my vintage bread box a chalk paint makeover. Oh, the power of paint!




  1. Apply chalk paint.
  2. Distress the vintage box with sanding block.
  3. Apply the finishing wax.

27 thoughts on “Vintage Bread Box Chalk Paint Makeover

  1. I had seen something like this at the Salvation Army and passed it up. Went back and it was gone! I was so bummed especially now looking at what a great job you did! I’ll have to keep my eye out for another one!

  2. I found this exact one at a local thrift store, I was planning to do the whole thing the distressed white but I really love the design you did. I may copy.. lol 🙂

    1. That’s awesome! I am still loving our bread box years later. I thought about painting the whole thing white too, but I just couldn’t bring myself to get rid of that vintage charm with the “bread” design. Be sure to post a picture here or tag my on Instagram @MakingManzanita when you’re done. I’d love to see it!

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