These galvanized "envelopes" were a part of my Midwinter Rummage Sale Haul in January. I paid a buck a piece for mine, but similar ones are available at Target for $9.99 each.
I had another glued end board (1" x 12" x 48) from Menard's on hand.
First I stained the glued end board with a Minwax water based stain in Dark Walnut. I like the clean up of water based stain and drying speed too, especially as a base coat for a painted project.
I had read on the internet that vinegar would tarnish the bright shiny finish of a new galvanized piece, so I submerged my galvanized envelopes in a plastic tub filled with cheap white vinegar. There were other methods as well on Pinterest using toilet boil cleaner that sounded more caustic than plain old vinegar. I guess it was caustic enough as this method didn't take all that long. I rotated the pieces in the tub and flipped them over and within two hours, I had some rust developing.
Rust after 2 hours in some spots and the shine has dulled.
Two of the three envelopes seemed to weather or age more quickly.
After the vinegar bath, I stenciled on an oval, in ivory craft paint, with my handy Plaid Icon stencils pack.
I then stenciled on black numerals with a plastic Darice Stencil I purchased at a local craft shop. I sprayed the stenciled area with Krylon satin spray sealer.
My stained board was then painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. It was wet distressed on the edges with a pot scrubber and damp rag. I then pounced on a flourish stencil that is part of a Decoart stencil I have had for a while.
The envelopes were screwed onto my board. A saw tooth hanger was added to the back, and I sealed the chalk paint and flourish stencil with Varathane Crystal Clear water based poly.
The organizer would work for files or mail too!
These galvanized envelopes were a great find!