A pizza box, the back of a corner cabinet and some burlap walk into a bar…
I like the intrigue of upcycling items and giving them a new life. The whole thing puts our brains to use. What can we make? How can we make it happen? What does this item want to be? I love a quirky result, something surprising coming from unrelated items. Even better if it also has a practical use.
I had the remnant of a Lazy Susan cabinet that came broken when we installed our new kitchen. I also have an inconspicuous slice of wall by our front door that needs something narrow (flat) and practical. Like a mail center!
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A pizza box.
The leftover back from a kitchen cabinet.
Burlap. If your cabinet is real wood or furniture grade plywood, you can stain it instead.
Paint, scissors, glue.
Optional: Coffee or juice and music.
The natural nook invites the addition of:
– A mirror. Sadly I had none (and no idea where to cut a mirror to size).
– A painting/collage.
– A chalkboard. Since I had some Con-Tact Chalkboard from our frugal island update, I used that. Plus, I can leave cute messages for my husband on it. Win, win.
If you stain, fill the cracks and holes with wood putty and sand lightly. If you cover it with burlap, you do not need to do anything.
Iron your burlap and cut to size (using a ruler or cardboard piece to cut straight, helps), adding an inch or two on all sides (to wrap around the edges). Grab your favorite glue and glue the burlap well. I used Mod Podge for the face and finished the sides with a glue gun and a few sticks of glue.
Add the insert of your choice, in our case measure (twice) and apply the chalkboard liner. A squeegee will make this stage a breeze but you can also use an old plastic card or a sturdy piece of cardboard.
I used white wall paint and painted over the burlap with uneven strokes, to create a distressed look:
After it is all dry and good, time to add a little mail box. I needed to create something narrow and a pizza box had just the size. I cut to the desired height and then turned the box inside out by gently opening the glued edges and regluing the reversed sides.
Cut any shape you prefer for the opening, making the front side lower than the back (so you can easily extract your mail).
I painted over the exposed cardboard to create a weathered look. You can stick your favorite liner or mod-podge your favorite craft paper instead. If you paint, keep your brush as dry as possible because the cardboard will get soft if you have excessive water.
Added a wire to hang the mail center and glued the box onto the burlap. The still attached hinges were the perfect spot for the wire!
I stenciled the word “mail” in front of the box with my impeccable stenciling
Finally, added white thumbtacks to bring the whole thing together. The burlap back you see unpainted, is actually scrapbook paper that – conveniently – has the exact same width with the pizza box.
Then I proceeded to take numerous out of focus pictures of the final product *sigh*…
One day, I will manage to take better pictures. After all, with so many tutorials online, I have no excuses. (I feel like the carpenters from my previous post now.) Until then, kindly excuse the quality of the photos and have a great day!
Here is a fun craft if you have young children: a very sturdy and adorable “cut & dress” doll, also made of a – clean – pizza box.
What would you do with the back of a broken cabinet and a pizza box?
(Besides eating the pizza and throwing everything else away!)
Even better, what odds and ends have you used to create a project you loved?