This small letter holder key cabinet was a little more than I usually pay for small thrift store items. However, I knew it would be a simple flip and makeover.
Thrift Store Letter Holder | Key Cabinet
It's difficult to tell its size in the photo. The wooden letterbox is approximately ten inches tall.
This is our Thrift Store Day. Be sure to check out all the projects below.
The price for this thrift store key cabinet was $6. It was in decent condition, but of course, you know I will paint it.
Dismantle Letter Box
Because I wanted this to be an easy makeover, I dismantled it by removing all the hardware, including the magnetic catch, key hooks, hinges, and d ring hangers.
Apply Surface Prep (Deglosser)
Because you don't know where a thrift store item comes from, it must have a good cleaning. I like to use HTP Surface Prep. It cleans and deglosses in one step and doesn't need to be rinsed. I applied it with a brush and wiped it back with a cloth for this project. If your project is grimy, see my article below:
If your furniture is grimy or has excessive amounts of nicotine, be sure to check out the article: How to Prep Furniture for Painting
Easy Paint Project
Since I chose to remove all of the hardware, painting the key cabinet with a small brush was effortless. The most important thing to remember when painting an object is patience and light coats of paint. The first coat of paint won't be beautiful, but you're trying to get a base coat so the next coat of paint will adhere properly.
I finished the key cabinet with my regular 2.5 coats. That means two full coats and a third coat touching up where needed.
Add a Little Color to Your Project
Using an artist's brush, I added Amalfi to the insets on the front of the letter holder. I think it goes well with the heathered gray, don't you?
Not shown, I used the same color on a Scrabble tile holder for the inside of the cabinet.
Add a Chalkboard
The inside of the letter holder box had a plain flat panel, perfect for a chalkboard.
Can You Use Nail Polish as Paint?
Yes, you can use nail polish as paint. Have you seen my painted acorns?
Identify Keys Using Nail Polish
When you have a bunch of small keys, it isn't easy to know which is which. The solution? Make each key a unique color using nail polish.
Reassemble Mail Holder
After the mail holder was painted and dry, it was time to reassemble it. It's imperative to keep track of all your hardware while completing your project. I have misplaced pieces more than once.
I purposely saved the hinges for last. Keeping the box separate made installing the hooks and other hardware simple and quick.
Note the Scrabble tile holder. It was attached using wood glue.
Chalk Couture Chalk Paste and Transfer
Did you know I'm a Chalk Couture Designer? I love embellishing my projects whenever I can. In my opinion, it's so much easier than stenciling.
Mail Holder-Key Storage Cabinet
The small mail slots are perfect for small items such as photos, coupons, stamps, etc.
Inside the Key Cabinet
Voila! Now I have a chalkboard and an organized key storage!
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.