Before & After: Mail Organizer

March 8, 2011 by
Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Before & After, DIY, Lesson Learned 

Mail Organizer: Before

I bought this charming little mail organizer at the Salvation Army with the hope of painting it and making it wonderful.  After the first coat of paint, I realized that there was nothing charming about this dumb mail sorter.  I underestimated its cheapness really.  Also I hate sanding, so I skipped that step which was my first mistake. The paint of course did not stick.

Skip ahead 6 months.   I decided to dig my failure of a mail organizer out of my closet and try again.  This time I did research on painting laminate and sanded it first with a fine grit sanding block.  Next I painted on a coat of Zinsser’s oil based primer and let it dry, this resulted in another epic fail.

Mail Organizer after 1 coat of primer

Mail Organizer after 1 coat of primer


At this point, it was me against the shelf.  What I thought would be an easy afternoon craft project, turned into all out war really.  No longer did I think fondly of this little mail organizer.

Next I added another coat of primer, lightly sanded it again and then added a fresh coat of white spray paint.  After the spray paint dried, it still looked horrible!  So once again I lightly sanded it and added another coat of white spray paint.  After the 2nd coat of white paint dried, I almost gave up and had to walk away.

I cooled off and decided that I would just have to cover it with  pretty wallpaper and sheet music.  I guess it was late at night  or maybe because of the wine drinking associated with craft failures but  I thought spray gluing wallpaper and sheet music onto painted faux wood would hold, which it did not.  After a couple days of watching the wallpaper slowly peel off, I decided to Mod Podge the wallpaper to the mail organizer as my final effort.  This worked thank God!


Mail Organizer: After



Upclose Views of Mail Organizer

Although I am still not 100% happy with the results, I think it is fair to say that I won and the mail organizer lost.


by Selena Faye

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5 Comments on Before & After: Mail Organizer

  1. Kristen
    on Tue, Mar 8th 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    You definitely won. You kicked that ugly mail organizer’s ass.

  2. Dawn
    on Wed, Mar 9th 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    Oh, wow! Yeah. I’m with Kristen.

    • Faye
      on Wed, Mar 9th 2011 @ 1:35 pm

      Thanks you guys!

  3. KMK
    on Fri, Mar 11th 2011 @ 11:44 am

    Love this, Selena Faye!

    • Faye
      on Fri, Mar 11th 2011 @ 11:57 am

      Thanks Katie! Does the wallpaper I used look familiar?

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