Awhile back, I wrote a post about some fun things I found at Goodwill. I finally got to complete a project on one of those finds. We have never had anything to put our mail. We check the mail and put it either on the dining room table or the kitchen counter. This has always bothered me, yet we continue to do it. I have looked for mail holders in the past but never found anything I liked. It was either too bulky, wrong color, too many slots or not big enough. I saw this office letter tray at Goodwill and thought that was perfect for our mail. I do not want or care for anything with slots and I do not want to hang something up on the wall. I bought this beat up thing for $1.99 and off to work my brain went.
The fam and I went to Home Depot to buy a can of spray paint for this new project. Honestly, I was overwhelmed with all the colors and like a typical girl or just typical me I could not make a decision. I knew I wanted a soft, pale color but I just could not make up my friggin mind. Finally, my boy said that he liked the “yellow one” and without hesitation I bought Krylon’s Meringue.
I know that a project like this is a piece of cake for veteran DIYers but that wasn’t exactly the case for me. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to finally spray paint something and call it my own. The prep work took a wee bit longer than I thought and I have a thing or two or three or four to learn about wood filler and sanding. Ay yay yay, I tell you.
|I started out with this.|
|And ended with this.|
In comes the wood filler for the scratches and the small gap along the perimeter. I also used wood filler for other little nicks and scratches on the rest of the tray. I then sanded it with a medium sand block followed by a fine sand block. This process took me the longest and frustrated me some. Let's just say that this part of the tray (the back part) did not end up looking the way I planned so I will be fixing it later.
Here is what I used for my first true DIY home project: office tray from Goodwill, Krylon primer & paint, Minwax Polycrylic, wood filler, and two sanding blocks- fine and medium (not pictured), Mod Podge oh and the one sheet of scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby.
Voila. My end result. Not bad, eh? It's not the best picture so I will have to take another in the sunlight. I was so excited when I finished it that I snapped a picture in the evening once I was finally done.
Here she is with some mail of ours. I spy an IKEA catalog!
UPDATE: Here is a picture of it not taken at night.
P is for our last name and for pretty too. :)
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