This DIY French Bread Box How-to: For successful stenciling

Home Accessories, Kitchen Design

Want to make a DIY French bread box and give your kitchen some romantic flair? Me too. The before/after photos of this completely transformed recycled bread box wow-ed me. It took reader Lorrie from Finding Secret Treasure lots of effort in trial & error before she succeeded in creating just the most adorable French bread box from a ‘70s ugly duckling thingo that none would give 5 cts for on a flee market. Except for Lorrie. She saw just the potential for it, when she picked it up at a thrift store.

Generally speaking, giving a dated wooden bread box a makeover can be a wonderful way to refresh your kitchen decor while enjoying a creative project. An updated bread box can bring a fresh, personalized touch to your kitchen, turning a practical item into a charming centerpiece. It’s an excellent way to breathe new life into something old, making it both functional and beautiful. Plus, a little DIY project like this can be a fun and fulfilling way to spend your time.

DIY French vintage wooden bread box after, by Lorrie. Featured at

‘Ugly Duckling’, dated bread box (the ‘before’)
DIY French vintage wooden bread box after, by Lorrie. Featured at

DIY Breadbox with painting and stencilling techniques.

Lorrie shares her journey of trying various stenciling techniques on her blog. The winning technique is to printing your image on freezer paper, cut it in sections and apply them one at a time.

photo credit : Finding Secret Treasure

Your DIY Breadbox – what will it look like?

When deciding what to stencil on your bread box, think about the overall theme and style of your kitchen. If you have a country or farmhouse kitchen, stencils with rustic or vintage designs, like farm animals or antique lettering, can add a lot of charm. For a more modern kitchen, sleek, minimalist patterns or simple geometric shapes might be a better fit. Choose stencils that complement your existing decor and add to the overall aesthetic of your space.

Consider adding stencils that reflect your personal taste or interests. If you love baking, stenciling images of bread loaves, pastries, or baking utensils can be a delightful touch. If you prefer a more whimsical look, you might choose floral patterns, fruits, or even fun quotes about food and family. The key is to select designs that make you smile and feel at home in your kitchen.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and mix different stencils to create a unique design. Combining elements, like a border pattern with a central image or text, can make your bread box truly one-of-a-kind. Take your time to plan out your design, and enjoy the process of bringing your vision to life. With a bit of effort and imagination, your old wooden bread box can become a charming, personalized piece that adds character and joy to your kitchen.

DIY French Wooden Vintage Bread Box

Want to make your own and have no flea market nearby? Here’s a new bread box, made from durable acacia wood: Learn more or purchase on Amazon.

First published in January 24, 2014. Updated June 22, 2024.

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