Monday, November 15, 2010

21 Make Notation of this Mailing Station: {Part 2}

Quite awhile back now I had shared with you how I sorted through our mail.  Today, the process hasn't really changed much, I just tend to utilize my new desk area for writing out correspondence or those lovely "bills".

I once used this little mail tin, that hung on a hook in our kitchen, to stash outgoing mail.


The functionality is perfect, however, it was the finish that I wasn't uber excited about.  And because I have since wanted to add it to my desk space, it received a quick coat of white spray paint....



The white goes perfectly with the rest of the "office" accessories, and I added a blue piece of scrap paper with some rub on letters to give it an updated label.


And that's that!  Perfectly easy update {maybe I was motivated by the one I had just done in the boys room?}.  And it cost, well, nothing, because once again, I just reinvented something I already had with a fresh coat of paint.  I think I am addicted.



Who else is reinventing things around the home to use as stylish organizers?  Anyone else completely addicted to spray paint?  It snowed here this weekend.  I think that means my spray painting days will be limited for the next 6 months...

21 comments:

  1. It does fit in better with the white paint. I'm addicted to spray paint..I'll admit it. Snow? Wow!!! Not ready for that!

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  2. Of course I'm addicted to spray paint!!! =) Maybe it's a Jenn thing? lol!

    I have that same porcelain egg crate -- I love how you used it to corral office supplies! It almost makes me want to run out and hunt for another one (I got my first one at ROSS for $2.50! score!) Right now it sits on my dresser and holds my earrings =)

    Much love!
    xoXOxo, the "Other Jenn" haha @ Peas & Crayons

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  3. Love it. Yes, it snowed here this past weekend, too... although I'm thinking that if I spray paint stuff in the garage over the next 6 months, it won't be so bad... right? :)

    ~Chelsea

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  4. Super cute office space! I am completely addicted to spray paint -- isn't it the best!? :) I just read the comments above. Maybe it is a Jenn thing :).

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  5. I think I might do that with a metal bucket that I am using in the ensuite so it matches what is in there (its yellow and does not go but practical for my hairbrushes). That looks excellent, I wonder what else I could paint....?

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  6. Its amazing what a lick of paint can do. I just adore your office space. Nice work :)

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  7. i do like it better white. i recently repurposed some clutter-y fridge magnetes to help organize my life in my loft. http://lofteeideas.blogspot.com/2010/11/magnetic-calendar-and-shopping-list.html

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  8. Wow...you are amazing. I've never posted a comment - just have been a "lurker"...but you inspired me to write something. Your closets are so creative and incredible - love the one you just did for your son. And every day you have such info-packed posts. You have so much talent...thanks for sharing it through your website. I love the mail holder by the way - as I do all your projects!

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  9. Yes...I LOVE spray paint, too. Here in So.Cal. our spray painting days are probably 360 days each year...I couldn't imagine being limited to six months a year! You must have a stack of things to spray paint by the time it warms up!

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  10. Jen that looks so great. I haven't spray painted yet. Might have to give it ago. Jen thanks for providing such great inspiration

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  11. Hi Jen, Love it! I know this is unrelated, but I wonder if I could put a request in for a future how-to? Inspired by you I last night went home and coralled all of my glasslock snapware food storage lids. Like you I recently cleaned out all the plastic containers and switched to glass. I wanted to keep the lids from falling out of the cupboard each time I opened the door. I found a suitable box, and covered it with wallpaper I had spare. It looks terrible! Do you think you could do a post on how to recover empty boxes with paper? I know you do it all the time, and they look wonderful, but mine looks like a child wrapped it! It was hard doing the corners, the paper tore as I was trying to tuck it inside the box. I know it's a difficult process to photograph (too many hands needed!) but I would love to see a post explaining your method. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!

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  12. Spray paint is a dear friend of mine too:) Enjoy seeing how you are able to take canning jars, elegant wallpaper, and a tin bucket and make it all work together so beautifully. Truly inspired!

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  13. Love the mail pail.

    I am totally addicted to spray paint! I just painted all my bathroom accessories white because we moved and the old color did not work with the new bathroom. It was amazing how easy it was, and now I don't have to buy all new stuff. Now if only I could spray paint my towels...

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  14. Hayley, I will add that to my list of blog ideas! Until then, an option would be to use this awesome tutorial Jane did from The Borrowed Abode: http://theborrowedabode.com/2010/09/how-to-diy-a-thrifty-decorative-storage-box/

    My only other tip for now, patience, spray adhesive and mod podge are all great things! :)

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  15. Jen, thanks so much for the link! I was going about it totally the wrong way (like wrapping a present). Definitely one to add to your list though!

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  16. Every time you show that office, I growl at you just the tiniest bit- I have a huge closet slated for the same makeover, and I can't seem to get to it! So I'm sitting here having organization envy and just drooling over the pics.

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  17. where did you find your mail bin?

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    1. I found it on clearance from Pottery Barn awhile back.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  18. How did you do the rub on letters

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