This handy mail organizer has everything you need close at hand. You can keep all your notes and bill paying supplies right where you need them.
I’ve had this box for a long time. In fact I’ve had it out to work on it for about a month, but I never could figure out what to do with it.
Woohoo, it was a great deal for only $3.50.
Design the wooden box for items needed in a mail organizer
After removing the two cross pieces from the original wooden box, I started designing my mail organizer. I cut two small scrap boards in order to make a mail holder.
Trying to figure out what components will be most helpful for the mail organizer. I used envelopes to get a good measurement for the mail slot. The small green metal box is from a sewing machine.
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First, a small piece of molding was cut and glued on the bottom ledge to hold items such as pens, pencils and chalk. Then the mail slot wooden pieces were glued into place using Gorilla Wood Glue.
Easily cut cork board on a table saw
I got a huge deal on a bunch of large sheets of cork board last year. Cutting the cork board is easiest with a saw.
The cork board fits perfectly on the inside of the mail organizer door.
Paint Mail Organizer project with a Finish Max Paint Sprayer
To make things go quickly and smoothly, I mixed up a batch of DIY chalky paint primer using latex paint and plaster of paris.
Here you can see that I glued the mail slot on a slight angle. It’s time to get busy painting. Using my Finish Max was the best option for this project. Raising the project up on my Easy Sawhorses makes it easier to get great coverage.
This is after the first coat of the chalky primer. Notice I didn’t paint all of the inside where the cork board will be.
As I painted this side, I had it sort of “tent” style, but it was so windy, it collapsed.
Not shown. After the primer coat dried, I did another coat of white semi-gloss latex paint.
Tin Sewing Box to keep Bill Paying Station Organized
I tried putting tape on the metal box, it didn't look good.
Instead, I decided to spray paint the metal box. I did the inside first, then used a skewer to keep the lid from closing while I sprayed the outside of the box. I’m an impatient crafter, and we were having wind gusts around 50 mph. Therefore, I was spraying this in the woodshed.
Mail Organizer with a Chalkboard
To keep the lid from getting stuck shut, I placed a piece of packing material all around the edge. Then I quickly painted a light coat of chalkboard paint using a foam brush.
Paint Light Coats of Chalkboard Paint
Painting several light coats of chalkboard paint is the best way to get a good finish when you’re using a foam brush. Notice I still have that packing material in the lid to keep the box from sticking shut.
I used this Scotch Patterned Shipping Tape to frame out the chalkboard and the cork board. I love the way it looks all throughout this project. An exacto knife was used to trim the tape in a 45° angle. You could easily use butt corners instead of the mitered corners.
Hot glue was used to hold the framed corkboard in. You can see I used a piece of tape on the mail holder on the right. I’ll be adding more tape on that side soon.
Isn’t it awesome? Using the tape really dresses it up, don’t you think?
The small metal sewing box is perfect for accessories and stamps etc.
These oversized chalkboard clothespins were made into push pins. That way items can be displayed without putting holes in them.
The small piece of molding corrals pens, chalk, and a small eraser.
I can’t believe it took me so long to figure out what to do with this project. It’s the perfect solution for a mail organizer for paying bills.
What kind of box do you think it was originally? Most silverware boxes have felt or velvet linings. Only the tray of this box must have had a lining.
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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.