Mail Center Using the Back of a Lazy Susan Cabinet

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DIY mail center by twopluscute

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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DIY mail center with the back of a kitchen cabinet and a pizza box by twopluscute


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.

Make a mail center from the back of a kitchen cabinet
Hindsight: I could have stained this!

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.

Make a mail center with burlap twopluscute

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.

Mail center from the back of a kitchen cabinet twopluscute

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:

Mail center distressed paint twopluscute

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).

pizza box for mail slot twopluscute

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!

Wiring the mail center twopluscute

I stenciled the word “mail” in front of the box with my impeccable stenciling fail skills…

Distressing mailbox twopluscute
Please, ignore the yellowing on the right side, it’s drying paint. Turned white as soon as it dried. I swear. 🙂

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.

Mail box from a pizza box by twopluscute

Then I proceeded to take numerous out of focus pictures of the final product *sigh*…

Mail center DIY by twopluscute

DIY mail center by twopluscute
At least my tulips are thriving.

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?






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27 thoughts on “Mail Center Using the Back of a Lazy Susan Cabinet

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  • July 3, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Hello there, I found your website by way of Google even as searching for a comparable subject, your website got here up, it seems good. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  • May 1, 2015 at 11:03 am

    This is a great idea!! I am so lucky to be featured with you on MY Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

    • May 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Brooke, thanks for stopping by.
      It was great being featured with all the other great DIY. So much creativity. 🙂

  • April 30, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I can’t believe that is a pizza box. Never would have guessed. So glad you shared this project 🙂 I was hoping you would — it had me intrigued! The burlap looks great.

  • April 27, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Hey there – we wanted yo to know that we chose your mail center as our featured post this week at Something To Talk About Link Party! Congrats and thanks for linking up!

    Vicki and Jennifer
    2 Bees in a Pod

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  • April 22, 2015 at 8:39 am

    You did a great job of recycling and repurposing, and I love the tulips!!! Hope you will have time to join our WW this week! Have a great day! Karren

  • April 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    This is great! I LOVE making beautiful things out of what I already have on hand. It always feels like such a wonderful accomplishment to be able to spend so little on sprucing up your decor. Great work!

    • April 20, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      You are so right, it feels like an accomplishment. I love to recycle things I have on hand, as well. Feels like I am not a wasteful person in a deeper way than the monetary value. 🙂

  • April 19, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    That really looks good and I can relate to the out-of-focus pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    • April 20, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Thank you Linda. 🙂
      Heh the adventures of having a point & shoot camera. have to say though that this is the first time it betrayed me so badly. 😀

  • April 19, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Τελικά είσαι μεγάλος καλλιτέχνης :))))

  • April 17, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Very cute idea. Like the chalkboard to write notes. Nice job, very creative.

  • April 16, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    This is very cute! Very creative and resourceful!

  • April 15, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    This is really creative! Great use of an old cabinet door and I would have never thought about using a pizza box. Fantastic idea! I throw all are boxes out, but I do save some of our food containers.

    Hmm…so you have a new kitchen, eh? When do we get to see it? 🙂

    • April 17, 2015 at 10:51 am

      I am going to post the kitchen just because this is the second time you nudge me to. 😛
      Truth is, it is still under construction – no countertop and therefore no backsplash and consequentially no paint – so don’t expect much.

      Unlike you (that can remodel a room in a week and repaint in a day – I need you to move closer 😀 ), it takes a long, long, LONG time to do things here. 🙂

      ps. that’s not a cabinet door, it’s the corner back of the cabinet. Does look like a door now you mention it.


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