Mail sorter & key holder makeover
I bought this mail sorter on clearance at Target a couple years ago. It’s seen better days, and it’s not exactly the look I go for anymore. To quote my sister, it’s “really ugly.” So I gave it a makeover. A little paint, two label holders, and three cup hooks made it more my style and more functional. (This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something, I may earn a small commission. You can read my full disclosure here.)
My first DIY projects appeared in Sunset magazine’s now defunct blog, Home By Sunset. This post is an updated version of “Just add paint & bling,” originally published August 1, 2007.
How to makeover a mail sorter
paint (I used Benjamin Moore Metal & Wood Enamel in Space Black [2119-10].)
3 cup hooks (I used 7/8-inch nickel-plated cup hooks)
metal label holders (I found mine at Joann) & screws
a piece of wood for reinforcement (optional)
white cardstock (for labels)
sanding block and sandpaper
drill & drill bit
spring clamp or bulldog clip (optional)
miter box & pull saw (optional)
1. I unscrewed and removed each bin, then sanded the entire surface with fine sand paper. After removing the sanding dust with tack cloth, I painted on a coat of primer. When that was dry, I painted three coats of the same black paint that I used to paint the drawer unit (in the first photo).
Tip #1 Disposable gloves will prevent the tack cloth’s sticky substance from getting on your hands. That stuff doesn’t come off.
Tip #2 Use paint that’s made for wood. It will give you a harder finish, but will take longer to dry. I used Benjamin Moore Metal & Wood Enamel in Space Black (2119-10).
2. After removing the bins, I discovered that the bottoms were little more than ⅛-inch thick, which wouldn’t be enough to screw cup hooks into. So I found a scrap piece of wood at The Home Depot that was the perfect thickness. I cut a piece to fit in the bottom of the bin (with a coping saw because it’s the only saw I had on hand, but a miter saw would be better). Then I sanded it and painted one side with black paint.
3. When the paint was dry, I clamped the piece of wood to the bottom bin and drilled pilot holes in the spots I had already measured and marked. Then I screwed each cup hook into the pre-drilled holes.
4. After I screwed the bins back in place, I measured and marked where I wanted each label holder to go. Then, I pre-drilled holes and attached the label holders. Finally, I made “In” and “Out” labels on my computer and dropped them into each holder. All I had to do next was hang it back on the wall and let it fully dry over the next few days.
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I really found this article informative! All the information provided by you is really helpful for all. Whenever we do a paint job so the problem we face is to remove dust particles from the surface. By using a tack cloth we can easily remove small dust particles from the surface and make our project dust-free. Thank you for sharing! Keep posting! Keep sharing!