So I needed a place to put our outgoing mail...preferably out of my kid's reach. I found this beat-up mail holder at Goodwill recently and thought I could fix it up a bit.
First, I cut off the ratty piece of leather that the previous owners had used to hang the holder up. Then I spray-painted it with the leftover yellow paint that I had used on the hanging flower frames.
And yes, that is in fact the worst spray-painting job ever. I successfully painted every single nook and cranny, but that made for some uneven spots and drips. But I pretty much wanted a distressed look for this piece too, so I didn't worry about it too much.
Once the yellow paint dried, I lightly brushed on some brown paint and then used an old rag to wipe some of it off as I went. I kept doing this until I had the look I was going for.
Then once that dried, I debated about what to do with the top of the holder (luckily the paint had covered up the cheesy farm scene completely). I remembered I now have my oldest sister's childhood stamp collection (thanks, Sharon!). I got them from my parents' house a few years ago since no one else had wanted them. Since this holder was for mail, I figured stamps would work great as a simple decoration. I dug through all of them and played around with the layout for awhile. Once I had the layout I wanted, I used Mod Podge to stick the stamps down, and then put another layer of Mod Podge on top to seal everything.
I know that one that says "use zip code" isn't really a stamp, but I still had to use it. :o)
Once everything dried, I hung it up in my mudroom, which unfortunately has horrible lighting so this is the best picture I could get of it.
So I love it. The holder only cost me a little over two dollars, and I already had the paint and Mod Podge from other projects. And of course I still have a ton of stamps so this may not be the last thing I use them for. :o)
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