Thursday, October 20, 2011

Embellishing Old Bread Boards ~

I have an addiction to antique bread boards. The old wood, knife marks, heat rings and patina always speak to me. I have a small collection as they are very hard to find. 


When I do come across them, they are so expensive. I usually see the large ones priced in the $75- $200 range. How about you?? 

Previously, I showed you my vintage bread board collection and how I was storing them in my kitchen. I had found a French Artillery Basket that displayed them perfectly...


To read my previous post on Bread Boards 


If you look closely, you can see a small bread board in the front of the group... Since the basket is deep, I have stuffed newspapers under the board to prop it up.



I purchased this small bread board from Ebay. 
It was nothing really special in size or shape 
but the price was too good to pass up. 

So, I bid and won.

If I remember correctly, 
I didn't closely read the seller's description... 

I thought the bread board 
was going to be much larger... 
my bad.



It's cute but certainly not my favorite.

Not sure how old it is... 
It does have cut marks and a deep patina. 
Very simple indeed...

I have used it as a trivet 
for a hot dish
or my coffee pot 
on the kitchen table. 

Recently, I was on Etsy and came across some unique stencils. The seller is EuroStencilDesigns.

While I do consider myself somewhat crafty, 
I have never really stenciled before... 
at least I don't remember doing so... 

EuroStencilDesigns has a line of stencils 
called "Grain Sack" which are my new favorites. 
I believe there are 15 to choose from... 

Warning: You will want them all!!

I ordered the stencil called Lucas Moller.


I was so excited I wasn't sure what I wanted to stencil first.. I walked around looking for victims projects...

Nothing in my house was safe...

Everything became a possible target... 
Cloth napkins, pillows, boxes, old wood, burlap... 

BREAD BOARDS!!!

So... my first stencil project was that old, simple, rather dull, bread board... 


I used regular craft paint I had laying around the house 
and I stole a junky paint brush 
from my daughter's craft supplies... 



I used a small amount of paint on the brush and went for it!

Just two minutes later.... 

I was sooooo excited 
when I lifted my stencil and found this...


Do you love the German Grain Sack writing??

I think it's dreamy...

Took my plain, 
nothing special bread board 
and embellished it!

I think the German font looks so expensive...


For Fall, I decided  to move my bread boards behind my stove...


I love the rich Fall colors they bring to the space...




My disclaimer is that I used regular craft paint and I haven't sealed the board... I'm okay with this since I am only using it for decoration.. I'm sure there is probably paint made for food prep or a sealer use that you can use if you want to serve with your old bread board...



I loved this using this stencil. I had no bleed through. The plastic used to make the stencil is flexible enough to bend around projects.  
 I was so pleased with my project that I ordered 2 more stencils from EuroStencilDesigns. There is also a website you can visit for more stencils at Maison De Stencils.

In my next post, I will show you a few more stencil projects I completed.

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75 comments:

Urban Farmgirl said...

Gorgeous! I have my moms old breadboard. It is huge...and she rec'd it as a wedding gift in 1957. I love every nick, cut and scratch. Beautiful, indeed!

The stencil idea is fabulous! Looks great!

Mary

Sarah said...

Well, I think your new bread board with stencil is totally charming. What a nice collection.
I have an old English bread board that I purchased in London in the 1980s. We use it every day. ;-)
~ Sarah

Olive Cooper said...

Just wonderful and easy to do. I am not crafty in the least...I craft in my head...wink.

kpaints said...

Great save! Really cute, much cuter than the plain board!

Polly said...

great idea! love how it turned out! thanks for the tip on where to find unique stencils!

KATHY said...

Hi i'm so glad your back!! I love your bread boards.I really love the stencil. I just found a bread board at a rummage sale that i really love.It's pretty big too.I'm always stenciling so i'm going to check out this site. Thanks.

Kathy

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

It does look great, and I really like your bread board collection.

d e l i g h t said...

I absolutely love your stenciled bread board!!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh - I love me my breadboards - and you have some real beauts - those large ones are so impossible to find in these parts....Love your smaller one too - but that stencil made an amazing transformation....love it! You're tempting me.....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Karena said...

I have not seen any great breadboards lately!! I absolutely love what you have created!! The stencil is perfect!

Do come and enter my Designer Pillow Giveaway!! (Also a great resource)

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Karena said...

I am your newest follower!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Marigene said...

I love that basket you storing your breadboard collection in. Your stenciled board is awesome!

Stephanie said...

LOVE this! I like using stencils -I'll have to check these out. Thanks for sharing and did I mention it's so good to have you back?!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks great! Perfect piece to try it out on, too!

High Street Cottage said...

Marcy it's perfect!
I use a stencil company and they make pillows too, but they can get pricey, so I'm so happy for the Etsy dealer tip you gave.
I've been wanting to stencil an apron for my new booth and I saw the German one and another that would be awesome. By the way, I consider the photo of your bread board collection tucked into that basket one of my all time favorite inspiration photos, I first saw it on The Old Painted Cottage when you were cottage of the month. :)

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

That is awesome...I am going to check out that website now. I have never seen a stencil like this one. You will be addicted now, watch out....LOL!

Junky Vagabond said...

What a great idea! I've been collecting these for a little while and this is just perfect as decoration :)

Francine said...

Love how this turned out!!! your newest follower, Francine :)

Joyce said...

Wow it looks fab! Great job :)

Sue said...

Love your newly stenciled breadboard, Marcy! So glad to see ya back posting. :-) Sue

Gail said...

That looks great! I love your collection of bread boards. I've enjoyed my visit and have become one of your newest followers.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Gail

Ivy and Elephants said...

Welcome back! We've missed you SOOO much! Love your stenciling on bread board! See, that's why we need you, only you would think of that! And your {timely succulents} are gorgeous as well.
Glad you're back!
Hugs,
Patti

Lookiewhatidid said...

This is so great...I will be on the lookout at Goodwill for one of these...I LOVE it...visiting from TT&J!

June Scott said...

Wow! Love your boards and they look great, both in the basket and behind your stove! Love how the stencil turned out too! I have an old bread board of my dad's. It is quite big and I still use it! (only for bread of course!) Thanks for sharing your stencil finds!

Megan said...

Love the touch of a stencil. Been looking for something to stencil. Definitely gives it that homey touch.

A Cottage Muse said...

What a beautiful collection!
Great idea too!!

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

I'm not really familiar with breadboards, but I can totally see why you love them. I really like how your stenciled board turned out, it looks very authentic. I love the picture of it stacked in front of the other, bigger bread boards. I'm a new follower, thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

Looks great! Amazing the difference a stencil can make! Would you consider sharing it here?

http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/10/csh-thursday-link-party.html

Diann said...

Love it! It realy turned out gorgeous. I need to head over to that site and check out their stencils. I love the German writing! Thank you for being part of TTF and have a fantastic weekend!

Polka Dot Bungalow said...

Good Morning!

Just love your tutorial! I am featuring it on my blog today { www.polkadotbungalow.blogspot.com }!! Have a very {Marvelous} Monday and a Happy Fall!

{HUGS}

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You're back and I didn't know it. I love bread boards, too and yes, they are quite pricey. I love what you did to that one with the stencil. Now it is perfect. I hope you join my party tomorrow night, too. That really is a wow.

Morning T said...

Bravo, it is fabulous! I recently acquired a few reproduction bread boards but they are too yellow ish for my taste and way too big for my teeny kitchen.
Love yours behind your stove.
xo~
T

Diann said...

Stopping back by to let you know that I will be featuring this post in this weeks TTF party!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Marcy, I did something similar with a bread board using carbon paper but yours looks SO MUCH better. Love the stencil and I am on my way to check them out.
Hugs,
Sherry

Jamie said...

Beautiful. I would love for you to stop by and link up your bread boards to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to link up.

http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

Yay!!! Marcy is back! :) I was just thinking of you the other day. I haven't had time until just recently to finally start being able to visit friends again. Too much going on!
Your board looks fabulous. Funny thing, I think I've seen that seller somewhere before...where they featured on Etsy recently? Love it- I bet you will find lots of uses for that stencil.

for the love of a house said...

looks great with the writing! especially like it leaning against the wonderful round board.
I have some small round English bread boards that say "bread" that I use as small cutting boards. Love them too!

happy week!
joan

Pam said...

Thanks for the stenciling links. I haven't stenciled recently, but I sure love the look of those letters. I'm off to check them out now.

Meg said...

That looks awesome. I love the look and I never would have thought to put it on a cutting board---but it works so well, I'm definitely going to have to try this out!

Kristie said...

Uh oh...I think I am going to be in trouble. Your bread board looks so great that I HAD to check out all the possibilities waiting on the stencil site. Yikes! So much fun-can't wait to get started. Thanks for the inspiration, and the link:)

Marilyn said...

Super cute photo's.. Love it..Officially following ya with smiles.. So much creativity here.. ..Found ya while blog hopping around on Nifty Linky..
PS: I am hoping you could join in and hopefully participate in "Project Pink Blog Day" Please check out this post of mine, I would LOVE to have you be a part of my Project Pink Blog Day if it fits your schedule.. "All blogger's going pink a day for "breast cancer" -- Wishing you a lovely weekend..http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/10/paint-your-blog-pink-awareness-faith.html

Cottage and Broome said...

Great project! I love the stenciled bread board. I agree you took an ok board and turned it into something really special! Laura Cottage and Broome

kitty said...

I love your special bread board! How clever to make it look so special. I'm here from Wow Us Wed.

kitty said...

I love your special bread board! How clever to make it look so special. I'm here from Wow Us Wed.

Bella Vista said...

Love your bread board and it is a wonderful and inspiring project.

Barb

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Thanks for joining!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love it. The old world stencil with the breadboard is perfection.

All That Glitters said...

Turned out really good!

Betsy (BB) said...

Great idea- your bread board looks amazing!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Love it Marcy! I am going to go and check out that site with the stencils.

Love them behind the stove!!

Lou Cinda

Angie said...

Absolutely love it! That turned out GORGEOUS!

I've been keeping my eye out for some old breadboards, but haven't found any yet that I really love.

Thanks so much for linking up to Knick of Time Tuesday!

Angie @ Knick of Time Interiors
http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com

Petie@inspirednesting.com said...

I love this! I love a great bread board and now I'm anxious to check out these stencils. Tks for sharing a great, inspirational, project.

Chris said...

Hi Marcy, that was a fabulous idea to stencil on the otherwise ordinary breadboard. What a great job you did. I found and am now following you through Show And Tell Friday, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

Oh my goodness i am SO in love with this. it is just perfect! Thank you so much for linking up to my co-hosted party with Amy from one artsy mama---I am officially a new {and huge} fan of your blog!!!!
Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

Babs said...

Your breadboard just became fabulous! LOve your choice of stencils and the boards look perfectly at home behind the stove.
I'm off to check out the link. Thanks.
Babs

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hey Marcy!
Glad to see you back, my bff!

THIS is amazing.
You are brilliant!
(Love the "victim" you
singled out. LOL)

Love the script and
all the places you
photographed it for us.

Thanks for sharing your sources too.

xoxox
Alison

Bonnie said...

Your bread board is very eye catching and looks great in your vignette. Love the stencil you chose. I also like how you used the succulents in silver pieces-very attractive!

craftedniche said...

LOVE this! I'm thinking of making breadboards for Christmas gifts and this might be the perfect way to personalize them! Thanks for sharing

Dana @ craftedniche.wordpress.com

Kelsey said...

Lovely!! Such a pretty peice before and NOW! Great job!Love your house decor as well! That ironstone is awesome!

Geneva said...

I just found you from over at Common Ground...and so glad I did. I've loved reading this post about your cutting boards, and am going to spend a little bit more time exploring other postings in your blog. Good job!

Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

It is perfect!

Faded Plains said...

Such a great idea...love it!

Faded Plains said...

lol...I just had to come back to tell ya...your too cute ;o)

Honey at 2805 said...

I adore the German style writing! The board turned out beautifully! I do like the looks of the rest of your collection!

I am absolutely delighted that you linked to Potpourri Friday! You are appreciated and I hope that you will make it a weekly party stop. It's a fun party with lots of participation!

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

The board is so pretty and I love the German writing you added.

I adore the looks of your kitchen.

Dee

Zuni said...

I have a "thing" about old bread boards too, but don't have any :( (yet...). I even loved your board before you stenciled it, but it looks GREAT with the stencil!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

wow, this turned out great! You gave it so much panache! thanks so much for sharing the inspiration at VIF and for the links. I'm off to look, xoxo

bj said...

This turned out so cute. I love it.
I am now on the search for a breadboard...:)

bj said...

Oh, and I am going to follow you so I won't miss anything. :))
xo bj

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

How Fabulous..... Love the stenciled Creation & really Love that large board with the extra wood stretchers.... So Beautiful ~

Nook & Cranny said...

love it.
fantastic collection of bread boards you have.
thanks for sharing.

Brenda Watts said...

Oh it looks fantastic..love the lettering with the vintage wood, great job !!

Nancy said...

Adorable!

I have an old bread board almost identical to your round one behind your stove. I love your display!

Nancy

A Touch of Country said...

Your talents never cease to amaze me! Loving the group of bread boards. I have started a collection but it's hard to find them at reasonable prices.

Keep on blogging...I'm loving it!

Hugs,
natalie

SHERRY HART said...

OK....I'm done. I can't read anymore. Another awesome idea. Somebody should pay you to come up with all of these wonderful thoughts!