Monday, August 15, 2011

Mail & Paper Organizer

In our new house, we really needed a place to put mail and important papers that we might want on hand, especially with school starting soon. I didn't want them just out looking cluttery or junky so I needed something. I found this hanging file holder at goodwill for a couple bucks.
I sanded it a little, primed and painted it with white paint. Looked good, but kind of plain. I wanted to add a little decorative touch to take it up a notch. I found this candle sconce at salvation army a few months back for like $1.
 I just unscrewed the scalloped plate from the sconce and painted it white. It was a dark greenish blue...although you can't tell from the picture. I then painted a coat of lighter blue that I picked out to match my curtains I am going to make. Martha Stewart's Tropical Surf.
I just glued it on the front of the file folder with some liquid nails and now its ready to use! I love how it turned out. It's a good compliment to my desk I just refinished.
I love how it turned out!

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  1. I have two of the ugly file folders put away. But with your info they will be coming out of storage and be beautiful again!! Great idea,Thanks!

  2. This is beautiful! I have been roaming the Home Goods isles for a month trying to find a pretty mail organizer and this is fabulous! Now I am going to make my own. Thanks for the inspiration! I am a new follower and would love for you to link up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at

    I look forward to blogging with you!

  3. How lovely! Great use of that candle sconce plate!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. Great idea using thrifted finds! I'll keep my eyes open for one of these mail organizers now :)

  5. I love this! Amazing how a little paint can magically transform something. Beautiful job!
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  6. Very nice! I'm trying to get control of our mail area. I'm going to be on the lookout for one of these organizers.

  7. Looks fantastic. Love the added detail. Great paper station.

  8. Looks fantastic with the paint, and the detail makes it super cute!

  9. Oh it looks so great! Gotta love paint - it instantly changes and makes things look amazing!

  10. Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. I LOVE your mail organizer!

  11. That's so cool! Why don't I ever find these treasures at Goodwill? Maybe I just don't go enough... Love the new look!


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