Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mail Catcher

Since we don't live at the farm full time (yet), we don't get a lot of mail.

But what we do get always gets thrown on the breakfast bar. Can you say messy and unattractive? Ugh.

All the mail is junked on the counter - messy and seems to breed more piles of stuff

Of course that means I've been looking for something that fits my style and space. I found several different mail sorters. Like this:
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or this:
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I really liked this one:
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But nothing was the right size. Then when at Target (I have not been compensated in any way. I just love that store and find great things there), I stumbled upon this:


hm, right size, galvanized, and cuteness all rolled into one! I knew with a little bit of tweaking, I'd have just the look I was after. To start with, it was a little too shiny so I had Bruce spray it with muriatic acid and rinse with water to get an aged and rusted look.

After it dried, I took my stencil and traced out my letters "MAIL", then filled in with a Sharpie.



 I hung it by the back door:


Hurray! Now the mail has an out of the way spot until we can go through it and take care of it. Much, much better!


 One less clutter area. :o)

Ta da! Clean counter top. Much, much better!
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I'll be finishing the barn door this next week and working on the guest room...I found the cutest chair and it has sparked a (minor) redo of that room! Stay tuned. :o)

Have a fantastic weekend!

13 comments:

  1. That is so stinking' cute Cecilia! A few weeks ago I bought a small galvanized envelope at michaels just because it was cute. It's not big enough to do this with, but you gave me an idea for it. Have a great weekend at the farm! I can't wait to see the door!!

    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. I thought so to, Vicky! Just seemed perfect for the farm. I'm slowly getting things to where I like it...for now anyway. Lol. Can't wait for my week at the farm. The boys will love being able to run and play in the pond. And Bruce always has things to do (and if not, I give him a project. Lol!) Enjoy your time off too. I will be watching for kitchen updates!

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  2. I love this idea. Who knew you could find something so cute at Target?

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    1. Jeanna,
      Target surprises me over and over. Makes it fun to go look!

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  3. Target surprises me too Cecelia! What a cute item this is, which you worked your magic on and made even cuter :)

    I could have written this post too. Everything goes on either our kitchen island or the tops of the walls that surround our stairs. Admittedly, I'm pretty good about getting rid of things right away, but I shutter to think what would happen if I wasn't around. lol

    xxx

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    1. I try to take care of it as soon as possible but someone who will remain nameless then piles his stuff there. ;) drives me a little nutty. Lol.

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  4. Perfect, Cecilia! I love Target too ;) Hugs, Cecilia

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  5. I always breeze in and out of Target and never seem to find time to just browse the store...I need to do that as I see many cute things by them lately!....the mail holder is perfect...beauty and function...the best!

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    1. Thanks Shirley! I may spend too much time browsing. LOL. Have a wonderful week!

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  6. That's cute! I like the personal touches you added... and I hate when the mail gets piled up... this such a clever idea. I don't think they make a wall pocket big enough for my mail... I just use a waste basket. ;)

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    1. Haha, Pat! The trash can is where most of mine ends up but since we are unloading for the weekend this gives it a landing spot as we come in until we get settled and can deal with it. :)

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  7. I don’t know how should I give you thanks! I am totally stunned by your article. You saved my time. Thanks a million for sharing this article.

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