Re-Purposed Recipe Box to Mail Organizer

I obtained this little wooden recipe box recently from neighbors that were selling their house, and downsizing.

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I am not sure if the recipe box is home made or not, but it could be.  

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As you can see, it had some 3x5 card, handwritten recipes between the wood slots as well as clipped recipes.  The magazine recipe clippings are from the 1970's.



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I painted the little recipe box with Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  (This is my second project with ASCP, I painted a wooden spice rack last week.)

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On this project, I waxed the piece first before sanding.  I had read that this would cut down on dust from the ASCP.  It also caused the paint to chip off more than wear rub off where sanded.  I applied another thin coat of was after sanding.

The number plaque is from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology scrapbooking embellishment that I purchased at JoAnn Fabrics.  I think it is a fun mail organizer embellishment too!

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I really don't use 3x5 recipe cards any more, so I will be re-purposing the the recipe box as a mail organizer.

Perfect for my desk!




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12 comments:

  1. Love the way you have organized your wonderful lovelies...love the box and the jar idea to keep things easy to find and looks delightful...

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  2. Much nicer your way!!! I love it!!!
    Xxx

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  3. Very cute! About all I can handle is spray paint. And I don't know how many times I was trying to clean the nozzle and sprayed my face.
    Brenda

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  4. I love this! I recently bought a sewing machine drawer with pretty carvings. I wasn't sure that I wanted to paint it because the natural wood was so pretty. I usually paint everything. After seeing this, I think I'll paint.

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  5. Very creative and love the number attached.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  6. That is so cute. Love the number you put on there too. Very clever.

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  7. Love the way it looks with the paint and the number is so cute!! Great makeover!

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  8. Love it...so cute!! I put those numbers on a wire rack that I have and it gave it a great farmhouse feel to it.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  9. Love it Carlene! It really looks great with it's new coat of paint. I haven't tried waxing first. Will do that next time. I love those little numbers and have used them on a cabinet in my craft room. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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