Have you guys seen those old shutters on Pinterest that people have turned into mail holders?
I have wanted one of those for years. I have no idea why I'm so obsessed with them but I always find myself wishing I would have made one. Clearly, I never got around to it but I was determined when I moved to make it a priority. We have a nice entryway and so I thought my shutter would fit perfectly there. Daniel's entire family finds the best deals at thrift stores, garage sales, and while antiquing so I asked his mom to keep an eye out. When I told her what I wanted she showed me this old door she had and asked if I wanted to use that. Apparently shutters are pretty expensive (who knew?!) so I decided to go this route. I already had the mail holder so it worked out perfectly.
- Any kind of old door or piece of wood
- Chalkboard Paint
- Paint for the trim (I chose white)
- Mail holder or hooks
- Screws or glue to attach mail box to your door
The picture to the right is the one Daniel's mom sent me of the original door.
I love seeing something like this completely transformed!
1. It may go without saying but make sure to wipe down your door and clean it before you paint it. I didn't sand mine because I wanted it to look a little unfinished but for a smoother look you may need to sand the edges.
2. Paint your trim. Always paint the lightest color first. The black will easily cover up the white, you don't want chalkboard paint on your trim.
3. Paint the chalkboard part. You can find chalkboard paint just about anywhere and there's even spray paint if you're not worried about making a mess. The directions will say only one coat but I did three. You want to make sure your door is covered.
4. Add hooks, a letter holder or a little mail box. Get creative and make it your own! My mail box had holes for screws so I just screwed it on to the door but depending on what route you go you could use hot glue or wood glue for hooks.
I'm not sure why I even thought I needed a shutter. This chalkboard door fit the bill just fine and I used materials I already had, with a little help from Daniel's mom. I love having things in my home that I've created. It makes me feel like the space is my own and my smile just a little bigger when I walk in my door. Any ideas for home projects? We'd love to hear them!