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You won’t BELIEVE what she upcycled this breadbin into

12 January, 2015

Harhahahaha. Everytime I write a blog post I have the sensationalist Upworthy title spring into my head first. I couldn’t resist actually leaving this one in because, for real, how else can you make a post about a bread bin sound read-able?

And, LOOK! It IS pretty cool, c’mon. It is a well easy way to make small storage to niftily fit into the corners of your kitchen/ bathroom/ bedroom. And it is super thrifty too as every single charity shop in the whole world has about 17 billion old bread bins for sale, along with the breadmaking machines and the Mr Bean VHSs. Oracles of the nineties, reminding us of an era of scrunchies and homemade velvet chokers. (In fact, heck, I’m going to link up, for the first time in FOREVER (argghhh so. much. Frozen.) with Magpie Monday.

Upcycled breadbin

We began by screwing them in- we have three with space in between for pretty teapots.

Upcycled breadbin

Anyone else all about the neon at the moment? SO good. With grey? So, So, SO GOOD.

Upcycle your breadbin

I cut a triangle out of a potato to make some stamps for the side… a bit wibblywobbly, but that way it gives rise to the conversation about how perfect potatos are for stamping.

Handy and stylish upcycled breadbin

Done any upcycling lately?


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  • ThaliaKR 12 January, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    So cute! Gosh you’ve got such a great eye for paint (and Upworthy click-bait titles) 🙂

  • Janine Fowler 12 January, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Damn that’s cute! The hyperbolic headline fits!

  • Jenna 13 January, 2015 at 5:00 am

    They are so cool. I have been after a bathroom cabinet for ages but refuse to pay what the DIY shops charge for a bit of plastic pretending to be wood or a stainless steel one that turns rusty after a week of showers. I did spot a wooden one at the chazza shop but they wanted £25 of the monies for it and it was broken!!!!!! This looks perfect.

    Thanks for the great tip!

  • Jo Latif 13 January, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Love it! Cute potato stamp idea – I like the mix of paint on natural wood.

  • Rosealys 14 January, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I love this! Must find a spare corner to put one in…

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  • Jen 27 January, 2015 at 9:56 am

    This is such a great idea. I’m keen to try my hand at upcycling and keep trawling charity shops in the hope of spotting some nice home stuff but never seem to spot anything that jumps out at me. Must try harder!

  • remade in Britain 13 February, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Cool idea!

  • Becky 3 May, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    very cool indeed! Love a bit of upcycling!

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  • Mary 24 November, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Those teapots are so cute!

  • Nancy 4 December, 2015 at 1:48 am

    I see these bread boxes all the time at yard sales! I’ll never pass another one up. What a great idea! Really, you could use it in every room in the house. Garage too! Thanks

  • Laura 14 December, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    I plan to put one maybe two in my bathroom. No room for medicine cabinet above sink. This is a great alalternative. Love it.

  • Lori 20 February, 2016 at 6:02 am

    These would be fantastic in a shared bathroom (say, for your children, or a roommate type situation where you want your toiletries hidden out of sight.
    Love it.

  • Marge 8 March, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    How about bathroom use for small articles, perfume, and more with a small shelf in it, stack a few toilet paper rolls and put neat stool…… Sewing room small cuts of material, under a desk in side for stapler, or ither small items….

  • Revathy Lakshmanan 7 June, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Hi Lucy,
    I love the look of bread bins but somehow didn’t get to buy them since it wood take considerable space in my kitchen. This idea is amazing. The look you’ve given it is superb ! Thanks for sharing this great idea . I also love the tea pots you’ve shown in the picture. Can you tell us more about those pls ?

    • Lucy 9 June, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Hello! It is Spanish Garden, Midwinter, design byt the one and only jessie Tait 😀 I love them too!

  • Junebug Creations 18 June, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Brilliant idea! May have to keep my eyes open for some bread bins at our local thrift stores! There is only about 1 on every other corner! Sweet!

  • Purple-eyez 13 September, 2016 at 9:46 am

    This is brilliant. I have kept my bread bin as one day it could be recycled. Thank you for the idea.

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    I have some Old Bread Boxes in the shed. I will get them and Now use them. I love recycling stuff. When I saw this on Pinterest I STOPPED!!! I love this Idea! Thank YOU SO Much!

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