Tuesday, April 03, 2012

{DIY mail center}

Yesterday was my first day off after a super long and busy work week. And one of the first things I did was pull out my mod podge and finish a project that I had on my to do list for a few months now.

Like most people, we struggle with keeping our mail organized. I knew that we needed a mail station in our entryway that made it easy to sort everything right after we come in the door. After looking all over the internet for premade mail stations, and not seeing anything that I either 1. loved and/or #2. could afford, I decided to DIY it.

And the best part of this project? It was 100% free! {I used all items that we already owned or were free.}

I started with two large clipboards that I've had for years...


And printed a free chevron scrapbook paper that I found online...


I couldn't print a piece large enough to fit the clipboard so I printed two pages and cut two pieces to fit, making sure I lined up the chevron pattern.

Then I used my handy dandy mod podge to attach the paper. I had a few air bubbles and wrinkles which was annoying, but using mod podge with thin paper will do that every time. {note to self...print on cardstock next time!}

I also used some chipboard letters to label each clipboard. "Do" for bills and other mail that requires action...


and "file", which is pretty self explanatory. :)

If you look a bit closer, the "file" one has a little imperfection near the top. I went to smooth out a wrinkle and the paper ripped...


Bummer is right. 

Oh well...gives it character. And it will almost certainly be covered by mail about 99% of the time anyway. And here they are all finished and hanging next to our front door...


Underneath the clipboards, I placed a cute metal trashcan for all of the junk mail that we receive. That way it can go right into the circular file, instead of cluttering up our entryway table, kitchen island, and counter. I love how the blue chevron looks against the new gray walls...


And just for fun...here is a sneak peak at what I have in store for the wall above our entryway table...


I'm going with a cream, turquoise and mustard yellow color scheme, and I found the PERFECT lamp for the space that I can't wait to share. I haven't hung anything on the wall yet, but I'm hoping to work on it tomorrow, so check back soon for an update!

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9 comments:

Mandy said...

cute! love the color scheme! can't wait to see once you've put it all together! i'm going to be needing ideas for our new house...so i'm watching closely! ;)

Thrifty Crafty Girl said...

I'm a sucker for mail organizing systems... nice work!

Nicky said...

I can't wait to see the finished space... I love the color combos!

nicky

sara @ applestone drive said...

What a clever idea. Hooray for pretty organization. Looking forward to see all those pretties up on the wall. I used that same fabric in some storage. You can see it here:

http://www.applestonedrive.blogspot.com/2012/03/pretty-and-practical-storage.html

Visiting from the Ginger Snap Crafts party!

sara

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Very cute you have my mind spinning with ideas. I love organizing tips. Thanks for sharing.

The DIY Show Off said...

Such a cute idea, Mandy. I love chevron - great color too! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity.

Sarah said...

Thanks for linking up at The Winthrop Chronicles, this will be featured tomorrow!

Brittany said...

Great idea! I could really use it to get the piles of stuff off m counters quicker! :)

Morena Hockley said...

Cute! I really like that color scheme!

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