I love to find cheap thrift shop items to up-cycle!
Like this 1970's colonial styled mail organizer, complete with metal eagle (and I think, a cobweb in there too). This was one dollar. I have seen many similar mail organizers. $1 at the thrift shop.
First up, a paint job with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.
I found this old 4 cent stamp graphic on the Vintage Fan Girl' Blog here. Remember to reverse the image before the Mod Podge transfer. I found a great place to make color copies for me for just a quarter.
I use Homeroad's technique for Mod Podge Image Transfer. As you can see I also distressed the organizer with sandpaper. Sometimes I rub off a little of the image accidentally but it doesn't really matter. This is distressed and rustic! The image will darken after you wax it.
Then to give the organizer a little presence, I added a 1 x 6 to the back. I can pick up 1 x 6's and 1 x 8's
in under three foot scraps for 49 cents each at Menards. I rough up the edges with a rasp, and use the steel wool and vinegar method to darken and age the boards.
I didn't mind that the screws show either. Most rustic goodness. I also added a metal number one with E6000, just for looks.
From outdated and awful to rustic cool!
Here's $1 mail organizer number two from the same thrift shop. This one has three slots.
I used the same steps to up-cycle this organizer. I found this postage stamp graphic at Knick of Time Interiors.
I added key hooks to the bottom of this organizer.
Easy updates! You can make one or two, too!