DIY Thrift Store Find Makeover - Home Decor Without the High Cost

3 Materials
30 Minutes

I have been on a thrift store kick lately. Normally my visits would be once a week, but now I find myself going twice, even three times a week! It’s so addicting!

While browsing the isles, I saw this poor soul, one of it's front pieces just hanging where someone had pulled it apart. I decided to take it home, it needed love! It was only $2.99 and it was real wood, not a bad deal.

Wood Mail Sorter Before

I cleaned the mail sorter with a damp cloth. I attached the slot that was hanging with just a small tack nail.

I decided to paint the piece white. The wood color was so beautiful, I knew it would look gorgeous peeking through white paint. I used two coats of Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint. You can buy this paint at Walmart and it is very reasonable.

After it was completely dry, I took my 220-grit sandpaper and gave it a heavy distressing! Especially on the ends and where normal wear and tear may appear.

I used my Cricut and created vinyl for the front of the slots. I was going to use the piece in my kitchen on a small wall, so I chose quotes that would be appropriate for the kitchen.

Isn't she a beauty? Home decor doesn't have to be expensive. Visit your local thrift store and use your imagination! Be sure to also visit my web site at for other thrift store makeovers!

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  • Em Em on Jul 30, 2021

    Isn't that backwards? wash should have the scrubber and I dry have the towels?

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