Sunday, March 4, 2012

Shabby new mail center

I don't know about you, but I seem to have one area in my kitchen that is a "catch-all" for a lot of junk. It is mostly mail junk, but it still seems to accumulate and get out of control really quick. I needed something to help me contain the clutter. The picture below is the corner of the kitchen counter that seems to be a magnet to anything and everything. I can't believe I am showing this-so embarrassing!
I found this mail center piece for $5 at the Youth Ranch awhile back. Some other ladies saw the potential in it but walked away so I quickly grabbed it. It was definitely not pretty but I knew that some day it would be!
Everyone knows that a little white paint can truly transform a piece from trash to treasure. It was such a beautiful day here that I was able to paint this outside and it dried so quick. A little sanding and distressing added the finishing touches to turn it into a shabby mail center.
The three tiers are perfect for keeping mail in order. The little drawer holds pens and other such things. I might even have my husband drill some holes in the back to make it into a charging center for our phones. A little organization definitely makes the kitchen look cleaner and makes me feel a lot better too!
I may add some sort of graphic to it. I may add bread dough roses to it. I may add a crystal knob to the drawer. I may leave it just how it is now. No matter what I do or don't do to it, it will definitely help me and my kitchen stay more organized!



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29 comments:

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a transformation, Trisha! This piece turned out beautifully! Thanks for stopping by my photo album post!

Kasia said...

I LOVE what you dis with this!!! I have a similar clutter place so this is a great idea! :D

Hugs,

Jenny's Heart said...

I have a similar clutter issue! This is a great solution :)
Love it!

chateau chic said...

Your organizational piece turned out so fresh and cute. I'm always on the lookout for interesting pieces to corral the clutter.
I'm your newest follower and would love if you'd stop by and follow me on GFC.
Mary Alice

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Nice transformation, Trisha! It definitely had potential in its before state. I keep seeing one at the local antique and flea mart {smaller than yours} and I guess no one is seeng the potential in it. I just can't figure out where I'd put it or I'd buy it for the $5.00!

Anita Stafford said...

This is a very nice way to organize all those pieces of mail! You did a wonderful job on the redo, very pretty!

Cottage and Broome said...

Love your new little mail center, it came out great. It was a great thrift find and redo. I am your newest follower hope you will stop by, would love to have you as a follower, Laura - Cottage and Broome

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Love what you have done with this mail center. Perfectly distressed and painted.
I am newly following you linky and google visiting from CHS!

~Shanon

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Trisha, thank you for sharing your pretty mail organizer at the party. I need one of those to tidy up my clutter. Thanks again and hope you will come next week.--- Shannon

Suzanne said...

Trisha, you shabby little mail center is adorable! I need this too. My kitchen could be so clean but you never know it from the stacks of junk scattered all over it! Makes me want to go thrifting today to find my own solutuion:)
XOXO
Suzanne

Rosie said...

How cute. Great job.

Ivy and Elephants said...

I wish to be clutter free! This is such a cute solution. It looks great painted white.
Thanks for your visit and sweet comment.
Hugs,
Patti

Lynnie @ Ramblings from Vintage Gal said...

Hi Trisha,

Lovely white mail center, I think everyone should have one too!
Thank you dearly for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower...so nice of you.
kindredly, Lynnie

Donna said...

What a great transformation, Trisha! It looks so much happier now:) I can totally see this with a pretty glass crystal knob!

Rebecca said...

Super fabulous transformation! You KNOW I love it!

xoRebecca

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

It came out beautifully!!Love it.
XO Marie

Libbie said...

I totally did the same thing a few years ago but WOW! Mine is not even half as cute as yours! I am getting all jealous! My problem is once it goes in there....I never look at it again :)

Really way too cute!!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Wow Trisha, you saw something that needed some transforming, and you got creative and started your magic. It looks so pretty now with the white. Yes, I would put a decal or something on the front of it. I always get inspired when I see how projects turn out like this. Thank you.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Anonymous said...

I bought the same mail boxes with the same intent to redo. Only you did it and I'm still thinking about it.

Audra Marie said...

That is adorable, and I love the idea of a crystal knob. :)

Doni said...

Oh that's really cute! I like the crystal knob idea too...whatever glitters!! Thanks so much for linking up with Pearls and Lace Thursday this week! It's so nice to have you visit!
Blessings, Doni

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

Hi Trisha, hope you are having a great weekend. Just wanted you to know I included this post in my Saturday Picks today. Congrats on your feature! There is a button on my blog for a feature page or your sidebar if you are interested. I'd love to see you at the party again soon!

Mimi said...

Love the new mail center. I picked up one of these and I'm not even using it. thanks for the reminder.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Thanks so much for linking. I saw that I wasn't a follower?! But I fixed that right away. (smile)
Hugs,
Patti

imsteelefullofscrap said...

It turned out beautiful I am a newbie here from Ohio that just found you

Barb said...

Hi Tricia,
Love the transformation you created. It looks so good on your bench and whatever you decide to do to decorate it wil be lovely. I would definately add a crystal knob on the drawer...perfect.
God Bless
Barb from Australia

Sherry said...

Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Gloria Westerman said...

Oh I need one of these....love it...

Herballistic Garden said...

I love this mail center! It's so pretty with the wee drawer in front!
Great job! Following you on Linky Followers now...xo wendy