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I'm Kristy!
A graphic & web designer in sunny Florida. Simply put, I LOVE ALL THINGS CREATIVE. My 3Peppers are Crafts, Cooking, and Color... What are yours?

DIY Showoff – Flea Market Bread Box Up-Cycle

Before and after of the flea Market bread box upcycle

Flea Market Bread Box Upcycle, using spray paint and silhouette cutter with vinyl.
So before the move, I found this old, fake wood breadbox at the flea market for $5. Pretty solid box, but it had a gross sticker on he front, peeling off, and some nasty glue residue. There were also spots where the veneer was scratched or rubbing away. In general, it look kind of dirty and dated, but definitely saw the potential in this piece.

My kitchen redesign is black and white, so made the bread box to match. First it needed 2 solid coats of the rust-oleum spray paint. I love using this brand of double coverage spray. It works on all materials, especially love that it won’t scrape or flake off of plastics and metals. I still like to use two coats of paint to get a smooth, even coverage.

Next I let the paint dry for a while. It will be dry to the touch pretty quickly, but the paint really need to dry and set before sticking things to it. I actually let it dry over night with the bread box door open to get rid of the fresh paint smell inside as well.

Inside the box I measured the bottom and cut a piece of contact paper to fit. When applying it, start from one edge and pull the backing off as you slowly smooth the contact paper down. If you get a small bubble, take a needle and poke a hole in it and then smooth the bubble down.

The front details I cut out of vinyl with my silhouette cameo. Click here to download the cutter file for “bread” and the stripes. To cut out the vinyl, I set my blade to 2 and cut on the silhouette brand vinyl without a cutting mat.

Once cut on the silhouette, you’ll want to trim the vinyl right around the edges of your design, then remove the extra vinyl around the outside of the designs. When applying my vinyl letters, I removed the excess vinyl around the design, and stuck it to the sticky side of the mounting paper. The vinyl letters will peel off their backing and have the sticky side open to press onto the bread box. Then I ran my scrapper over the whole design, and removed the sticky paper. YAY! the vinyl is on the breadbox. I then repeated that with the strips, making sure both are centered onto the piece.

With a little bit of spray paint and vinyl, this old and beat-up breadbox was up-cycled into a modern and clean design. What’s your latest up-cycle project? I’d love to hear about them!

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About Kristy

Hi! I'm Kristy! I'm a graphic & web designer working from home in sunny Florida. Simply put, I LOVE ALL THINGS CREATIVE. 3Peppers is my place to share my creations with you... My three peppers are crafts, cooking and color, what are yours?


  1. Great idea…I have a bread box that I hide in my pantry because I don’t like the color and look. But, I think doing something like this could change that! Linking over from Serenity You Link Party.

  2. Such an upgrade. Great work! I’d love if you’d link up to The DIYers.

  3. Hi Kristy, I just added you to my g+ friends. This box is awesome. Love the colors you picked. Thanks for sharing