Wooden Bread Bin Makeover

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A bread bin needing some TLC gets an Annie Sloan makeover | Crafting Fingers

This bread bin (which may or may not have been stashed in my craft room for well over a year while I figured out what to do with it) was in desperate need of some TLC.

When I spotted the bread bin in its sticker-covered, scribbled-on, and scruffed up glory I knew it would be perfect for a makeover. It is pictured here after most of the cleaning and sticker removing had been done.

But this weekend I got off my bum and figured out what to do with it. I needed something quick, easy, and most importantly gentle on my shoulder. And it turned out, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® was the answer! Take a look at the photos below to see how it turned out.

(And let me know what you think about my super professional painting set up!)

Bread bin before and after Annie Sloan paint | Crafting Fingers

On the outside, the bin was indented with scribbles and had a few scuffs and scrapes. The interior had faded plastic shelves. On the plus side, the wood was in good condition and it felt sturdy.

Bread bin before and after Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® | Crafting Fingers

One Saturday afternoon later, and this was the result. (Doesn’t it look good?!) Chalk Paint® will forever be known as painting furniture “the easy way” from now on.

If you’ve never painted furniture “the hard way”, this is how it goes:

  1. Sand surface (to smooth the surface and remove any lacquer/varnish.)
  2. Clean surface to be dirt and dust free
  3. Apply primer
  4. Wait to dry (a few hours)
  5. Apply first coat of paint
  6. Wait to dry (a few hours)
  7. Apply second coat of paint
  8. Wait to dry (a few hours)
  9. Done!

How to paint furniture the easy way | Crafting Fingers

This is how you paint with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®:

  1. Clean surface to be dirt and dust free
  2. Apply first coat of paint
  3. Wait to dry (a couple hours)
  4. Done!

See the difference? However, you do need an incredibly complex and professional set up:

Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® for the first time | Crafting Fingers

Do not be fooled. A 50p paper tablecloth, some old egg cartons and an IKEA food container (which lost its cover months ago) are very difficult to come by. Also, some extra bits of tissue to wipe up mistakes are good to have, too.

My kitchen is the brightest room in the house, and it has a cosy garden theme. To match, I chose the colours ‘Old White’ and ‘Versailles’. I watered down the Old White with just a few drops and spread the paint as far as it would go to get a lovely whitewash-looking finish.

A beginner's experience with Annie Sloan Chalk PaintChalk Paint® | Crafting Fingers

I love the matte results. The paint was so easy to use; I’m already looking for other things I can buy to paint with it!

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As well as my new paint obsession, I’m so excited for the opening of the Blogtacular Virtual Conference later this month. Check out their highlight reel from May’s event. I can’t wait for next year!

Have you ever painted up your own furniture? I’d love to hear about it!

Lots of crafty love,


P.S. I thought I’d add a bit of a disclosure, but not the typical one. I am now working at Ty Cariad, the Annie Sloan stockist where I bought my paint. If you’re ever in Brecon be sure to come say hello! :)

8 thoughts on “Wooden Bread Bin Makeover”

  1. *curses under breath* I wish I had known about this BEFORE I painted the sewing desk in my new studio “the hard way”. Bookmarking this for later, because I’ve got to try.

    1. Once you’ve painted without the sanding/priming it’s hard to justify doing it again! A chair or something small enough to cover with the tester size is a perfect first project. I’m always on the lookout for small bits of furniture at charity shops now!

  2. Nice bread press. Sorry, the wood looked terrific, painting over that lovely pine grain with a bland coating that’s impractical and shows every mark and fingerprint was a mistake. That’s just my opinion, however.

    1. At the end of the day everyone is welcome to their own style. This piece had been scribbled and scratched all over. (See the star and other marks in the before picture. It was worse on the sides and top!) Filling the deep scribbles AND preserving the appearance of the wood would have been much more work than painting it. It was a simple and practical opportunity to try a new paint.

      Once chalk paint is waxed it’s very hard-wearing. Haven’t had any problems with marks/fingerprints :)

  3. Victoria Zasikowski

    Great job :)
    I was wondering if you used anything to seal the paint – Annie Sloan wax for example ? If you did use that, how has it held up in terms of marks that you need to wipe off now and then….have you had to do further coats of wax periodically ?

  4. Sorry for being a bit out of the topic but i love the bread bin itself, cannot find one like it anywhere in uk :/ could you tell me where you got it from? :)

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