Monday, May 2, 2011

Old breadbox made FABULOUS!

D.I find turned Ribbon Holder!

I love when I set out to find some junk at a thrift store (with the intent to beautify), and do just that! Usually I am not this lucky and it takes several trips back to find even one item that might have potential.

But not this day.The moment I set eyes on this ugly old bread box I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Make it into a RIBBON holder! I saw the potential immediately.

It was in pretty rough shape...she is pretty old.

But with a price tag like that, I knew I couldn't go wrong! (It says $2.00 in case you can't tell)

The hardware is definitely my favorite part :)

First I took off the hardware (with the help of this little girly) Then I sanded it down and primed it.
I spray painted it this color:

Krylon Catalina Mist. (From Hobby Lobby)

Then I mod podged some coordinating scrapbook paper to pretty it up a little:

Distressed the outside:

And then MacGyver (aka Mr. KCL) maneuvered up a contraction for the dowels to be easily removed, without drilling holes through the sides like he thought he was going to do at first. :) Happy wife, happy life! haha. [He used a router to cut grooves in some scrap wood and then we glued it onto the sides of the box using wood glue.]

Then I added my ribbon and this isn't all of it...but I can easily find it now!

And VOILA! A cute new ribbon holder for only $5! (roughly...I had a 40% off coupon for the spray paint and then the $2 for the box. Sweet!)

And just so you can get one more good look, here is the before and after side by side!

LOVE the end product. Cute and there anything better?

**linking up to Today's Creative Blog**


  1. Awesome redo! I love how you can see the ribbons in the little cut out, I need to be on the lookout for a bread box now!

  2. what a great find! Love how you made it into a ribbon holder! Good thinking

  3. Great job! What a fantastic helper you had there too. :)

  4. I found you through Blue Crick Design's link party! I'm a new follower of yours. I absolutely LOVE your ribbon holder! I'd love if you linked up to Sew Woodsy!

  5. Oh my goodness! I love that! Great job. I guess ill have to keep my eye out for a bread box now (along with the rest of my vast list, haha)

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!!!!! I also recognize the DI tag on it. ;) I'd love for you to come link up this and any other projects you have at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101!

  7. I have 2 breadboxes waiting for makeovers and I really like your idea. I love the color of spray paint you used. You and your husband did an awesome job.

  8. Christine-

    I love that color Catalina Mist! Gorgeous! My gram had that very same bread box when I was a kid...{I pinned you in my organizing ideas}

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

  9. I love what you did! You are so creative! I have added this to my linky laundry list post. You can see it here.

  10. I love this SO SO much!
    I'm in the process of creating my "mom cave" - and organizing all my crafting supplies - and this would be PERFECT! :-)
    Glad I found you! And excited to read more!
    ~Bec @ littlelucylu

  11. P.S. I pinned this on my Pinterest "craft space inspiration" board, too! :-)
    Thanks, again!

  12. WOW! I'm super impressed with your thriftiness! Come on over and link up to MMM!

  13. Love it! Next time I'm near DI, I'm looking for a bread box!

  14. um hello, I love your blog! I found you through ac moore tweeting this. I've become a follower and fellow artist/crafter lover of your work.

    This is sooo darn cute & better than my ribbon storage... empty (but clean!) teddy bear shaped container that used to house graham crackers. This is the cutest storage I've seen other than the usual paper towel holder

  15. Hey girl you outdid yourself again. This is such a great idea. LOVE it, LOve the color you picked out, the paper, and the hubbies ideas with the dowels, lol. SUper great job, and I know I already featured ONE of your projects, but this was too cool.

    I loved it so much I FEATURED you, I hope it puts a smile on your face.

    Come grab a button girl, and display it proudly!

    **Features from week #35** @ Bella Before and After

    Thanks girl :)


  16. Very cool and I am pretty sure you have the cutest helper EVAH!

  17. This is gorgeous! Such a fantastic way to store your ribbons.

    Great makeover.

  18. Love it! Love that color!! :)

  19. Love your breadbox transformation! They are so hard to find in my area. Yours turned out so lovely - and that's one Krylon color I haven't tried yet. Beautiful job here - enjoyed your post!

  20. Definitly keeping my eyes out for a breadbox this is such a cute idea!!!

  21. This is stinking adorable! I love the colors, and I love the function!

  22. Great job and what wonderful storage it is. Thanks for inspiring.

    Cha Cha