Who doesn’t love an easy, inexpensive re-purposing project? I’m sharing one of my favorites with you today, just in time for spring! Wood mail sorters are so multi-purpose and can be found hanging around thrift stores and flea markets with very nice price tags. I picked this one up at a yard sale for a buck!
After a good cleaning, give your tray a coat of fresh paint. You can cover it completely, dry brush or eyen layer two or more colors. I really wanted to show off the tongue & groove construction and wood grain so I went with a light coat of Fresh Lime by Benjamin Moore mixed with Webster’s Chalk Paint Powder.
Finishing is also a matter of personal preference. Small projects like this are fun to play with! They are a great way to incorporate vibrant colors or heavily distressed pieces in to your decor. I went with light distressing around the edges on this one. Since interior corners can be a challenge to buff, I sealed the inside with Polycrylic. The outside got a dose of Fiddes & Sons clear wax. You can stop here for a snazzy decorative tray or add handles to make it portable. I’m a hardware hoarder so I usually have an assortment of salvaged hardware to choose from. I used brass pulls from an old dresser but you can pick up new ones at any local home improvement store or Hobby Lobby. You can really get fun with this part! Bling it out with clear glass pulls or give it a funky vibe with colorful, patterned pulls! Here is a little tip for easy hardware placement.
Cover the hardware holes with chalk.
Center the hardware, and press firmly to transfer the chalk.
Before proceeding to the next step, make sure you are using the right size drill bit. You can do this easily by placing the bit inside the hardware holes, where the screws will go in. If the bit will not fit inside, drop down in size until it will.
Use the chalk impression to center your drill bit.
Ok, I’m a little OCD! The exposed screws on the inside really bother me so I paint them too. Not necessary but it looks better!
Once the hardware is attached, you’re done! Use for whatever your heart pleases! It’s perfect for serving food, storing magazines, or as an anchor in a pretty spring vignette!