Don't you just LOVE getting the mail this time of year!?!
This is the only time of year I actually get my mail more often than once a week! - Haha!
I have a wire card holder from Pottery Barn in my kitchen (the long, skinny one - not the Christmas tree shaped one), which stays up all year and holds all of our important mail, coupons, favorite photos, etc. But I wanted something separate for all of the Christmas cards this year.
So .... I saw this picture on Pinterest:
And I had an idea!
I went to Home Depot and got two 1"x 2" pieces of rough-cut boards ... the ones that are warped and cheap! (I think they were about a dollar each.)
I had the handy hubby cut the boards into seven pieces .... measuring 3 1/2 feet, 3 feet, 2 1/2 feet, 2 feet, 1 1/2 feet, 1 foot, and 6 inches.
Then, using my little Martha Stewart sample paints (which I talked about on my Advent Calendar post), I gave them all a coat of paint.
....This darkened the colors and added just the right amount of texture and antique-ness (yep, I'm making up words!) to the boards, I think!
Next I spread them out and nailed them to a five foot long, 1"x 1" board we had out in the shop. (I painted that board a dark wine-red color I had in my paint stash.)
Then I got out some itty-bitty clothespins I found at the craft store a while back in the dollar section....
Super cute. Same color scheme as the rest of my house. And totally functional!
I "stuck" this to the wall in my dining room with my favorite Command hanging strips:
.... and here's PART of a picture. This is the impossible room.
Or rather, to clarify .... it's impossible to take a decent photo in.
At least for me.
I digress ....
But regardless of the fact that I can't take a proper picture of it in it's actual home, I love it!
You could make one, too .... I just know it! :-)
Totally simple. And for less than $5. (I already had the paint!)
That's hard to beat, don't you think!?
Can't wait to get it all filled up with beautiful Christmas cards .... added six more just tonight! :-)
**If you haven't entered to win the Shabby Apple dress ..... you have three more days!