Today I want to give you a DIY – From old retro breadbox to Scandinavian/Industrial side table.

Years ago I bought this old bread box in a second hand shop for the children’s room. The girls had a lot of retro stuff in their rooms and it was a perfect storage for toys + I loved the flowers and the colour combination. However the girls and I are done with that much retro at home, and my daughters didn’t want it in their room’s any longer. I was thinking about bringing it back to the second hand shop, but…… then I got the idea of giving it a makeover.

Because it is made of a metal material it would be a perfect object with an industrial kind of look, and the colour black would fit perfectly to my work area/room.
Everywhere here in Holland you can find these kind of breadboxes for not that much money, so I thought it would be a good idea to tell you what to do, if you as well want a special side table made out of a breadbox.

This is what you need to restyle a breadbox:

  • Sandpaper,
  • spray paint,
  • a clean cloth,
  • 4 wooden legs and a piece of wood in the size of the bottom of the breadbox.
    (the wood for under the side table is in this case necessary to stabilize the legs. The box is from a very thin material, which doesn’t give enough stability for the legs, so I decided to place a piece of wood under which match the legs. This way it looks like they belong together and it give a combined look of industrial meets Scandinavian)

And this is what you do:

  • First you need to sandpaper the breadbox lightly and then clean it carefully with a clean cloth. (Make sure that all dust from the sandpapering is gone!)
  • Secondly you start giving the box a thin layer of spray paint. Be sure to keep a distance of 20 cm from the object and keep moving the spray can around. If you keep it too long at one spot, you get too much paint there and make it difficult to get a perfect all round finish. NB. The first layer doesn’t need to cover everything. That will come later!
  • Let the box now dry completely before you give it a second coat exactly the same way as you did with the first coat. (When the second coat is dry you probably need a third one before you reach a nice even look)
  • Let the box now dry 24 hours before you start placing the legs. The paint might seem dry, but is still fragile to scratches.

The wooden legs I found, came with a special screw in. Very handy, because now all you need to do is to drill 4 holes in the wooden plate, where you want your legs to be, and then screw them into the plate.

Then you drill 4 holes in the bottom of the breadbox.
You place the breadbox on top of the wooden plate (with the legs) and then from inside the box you screw the breadbox and the wooden plate together.

And there you have it!
Your own special side table, made from an old bread box. How funny is that?
I love it and I am so happy with it.


I would love to here if you have done something like this as well. Restylen an old thing. Please leave a comment down below!

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4 Comments

  1. Hej Marianne, nej jeg er ikke dansk. Jeg snakker kun en lidt Dansk. Vi elsker at ta’ på ferie til Danmark, så jeg vil gerne snakke med folk der. Hver vintersæson tager jeg til Dansk undervisning hos en Dansk kvinde som har boet i Holland i mere end 35 år. Hun er gift med en hollænder ligesom dig.

    • Marianne Norup Reply

      Jeg må sige at du er god til at skrive dansk. Skægt at høre at du er så vild med Danmark. Jeg kommer der desværre ikke så tit, men det er helt sikkert et dejligt land.

    • Marianne Norup Reply

      Hi Jeanette, Nice idea too! Are you accidentally danish as well? I see you wrote a little danish:-)

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