baked fresh every day.

I think ‘never say never’ should really be my motto.  I often think certain products just aren’t going to work for me, or I dislike certain styles, and then given a little time, they grow on me.

I have to say, I still wouldn’t be likely to purchase the I.O.D. Noel paint inlay again, but I did find another project to use it on.

I purchased this bread box at a garage sale last year …

I’d kind of forgotten about it.  But I came across it recently while digging for some leaf bags out in the carriage house.  I thought it might just be the perfect size for the gingerbread bakery portion of the paint inlay.

So I painted it up in Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy.  Then I cut up the paint inlay to arrange it on the front of the breadbox.

I applied it using my normal process, you can find the step by step instructions in this post.

I ended up eliminating the image of the gingerbread house itself, it was a bit too cartoonish for my taste.  So I just used the wording on the door of the breadbox.  Then I added the section of greenery and orange slices to the top and bottom.

The image of the greenery on the bottom of the box is the 2nd use of that image.  It’s hard to see in my photos, but it is slightly more faded than the first use.

But certainly I easily got a 2nd use out of it.

One the inlay was dry, I sprayed those areas with a matte spray sealer before attempting to sand the edges to distress.  I recommend doing that as the paint from the inlay easily wipes away otherwise.

One thing to keep in mind with the paint inlays is that they do add a bit of texture to your piece.  If you look closely at this next picture you can see what I mean.  I’m referring to those creases in the paint.

Since you’re pressing the paper into fresh paint, it’s going to leave an impression.  I used a brayer to get this one as flat as possible.  If you don’t like that look, you may not like using the paint inlays.

In case you’re wondering, this door on this breadbox is hinged at the bottom and opens up like this …

In the end, I think this one turned out pretty fab.

But now I’m hungry and I haven’t had breakfast yet so I’m going to go eat my props!

The breadbox is for sale locally, so be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.

As always, thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for supplying the paint used for this project.

14 thoughts on “baked fresh every day.

  1. The breadbox turned out great. I’d love to try the paint inlays some time but I currently just sell on eBay so there’s very little that I create that sells online. But I’ve got family that might need a handmade gift! Thanks for the inspiration.


  2. You seem to have mastered the IOD inlays. I wish I could say the same but after three attempts, I still am not happy with the finished product. Love this breadbox project, Linda!


  3. I just love this one Miss Quandie! The breadbox looks genuinely old and the creasy paint just adds to it! Do you have to be super careful that the inlay not kind of slide around? I think I’d be holding my breath as I lay it down 🤞🤞🤞


    1. I definitely have the sliding problem with stamps, but the inlays are pretty forgiving. They don’t release their paint immediately upon contact with the paint, so you have a little bit of working time to get them where you want them. That’s a lucky thing because they do tend to slip a little when you first put them down, and as you smooth them into place. Once you know how they work, I find them pretty easy to work with.


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