Thrift Store Inbox Makeover

Hello awesome Friends! On Tuesday I shared a peek at today’s project. Apparently there are a lot of these floating around out there because several of you mentioned you had one too!

I’m talking about this wooden inbox I scored at the thrift store for $2.25 several months ago:

Anything that is made of wood catches my eye when I’m thrifting since I know paint can work wonders, and as soon as I saw this on the shelf, I knew just what it could be.

Painting it and adding handles turned it into a cute tray!

Wooden thrift store inbox turned cute shiplap tray from

Right? I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.

And to make it a little more interesting, I added strips of wood to the inside:

Wooden thrift store inbox turned cute shiplap tray from

I’ve been working on the boys’ bathroom adding board and batten and I had a couple of strips of wood that I already painted left over…

They were perfect for lining the bottom of my new tray:

Wooden thrift store inbox turned cute shiplap tray from

After painting the tray with DIY chalk paint (Recipe HERE) in Behr’s Bit of Sugar, I sanded and waxed all but the bottom of the inside.

Then I cut the strips to fit. I centered the first strip, and then dry-fit the rest to see how much I would need to cut off of the very end pieces. I cut all of the pieces using my sliding miter saw

I used Liquid Nails to secure them to the bottom:



Wooden thrift store inbox turned cute shiplap tray from


Wooden thrift store inbox turned cute shiplap tray from

I found these handles at Hobby Lobby and painted them…

Wooden thrift store inbox turned cute shiplap tray from

I went back and touched up the screws with a little white paint after taking these photos.

Wooden thrift store inbox turned cute shiplap tray from

This is a small tray so it would be great on the kitchen counter to hold oils and other cooking items or in a bathroom to hold toiletries!

Wooden thrift store inbox turned cute shiplap tray from

This will be off to the shop soon!

I’ll be back on Tuesday to share how I updated this 80’s gem:

UPDATE: No need to wait! See how this shelf turned out HERE now!

Have a fantastic weekend! 🙂




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  1. Christina in SW FL says

    Christy, this is another inspired makeover! I love how the little “button” feet show up now. The pull is perfect. Always just the right amount of distressing to give the piece character. You know I love it. 🙂 Thank you!
    Have a GREAT weekend and create on!

  2. Wow, lovely Christy! I have one of those inbox pieces also and now have a plan for it. The wood inlaid inside is a great touch. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Amazing! Love your creativity! Thx for sharing.

  4. This is adorable! I love your makeover and can see many uses for it.

  5. Carole Larsen says

    I love these drawer make-overs. I like to cluster small things into trays etc. but your drawers are so much cuter.

  6. Love this makeover! Never would have thought to make it into a tray. You did an excellent job!

  7. Norma Rolader says

    WOW!!! Love the change and thank you for sharing the how too

  8. Love it!!

  9. Marcie Lovett says

    Lovely! I guessed feet, but beyond that, I couldn’t imagine what you’d do. You need to make some more, because that is going to fly out of the shop. (You’re going to need a new picket stash, too.)

    • Ha ha thanks, Marcie! Yes I do you need to beef up my picket stash for sure! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  10. Oh how cute!! I’ll never turn these down, ever again!!

  11. I would not have imagined adding the strips to the bottom. Looks terrific and will be sure to fly out of your shop. The 80’s shelf brings back a lot of memories—the country hearts were inescapable back then!

    • Thank you, Annie! I know those hearts…what on earth were we thinking ha ha! See you Tuesday! XOXO

  12. Debbie in TX says

    Yep, you did it again! I just love it when you take something and make it over so that it’s all new and totally reusable. What really elevated this transformation was adding the lining on the bottom, and of course the handles. Super creativity!

    • Thank you so much, Debbie! It seriously almost makes me giddy when I can turn something like that into something pretty and new again! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  13. Hey Christy, the one I saw only had the dip on the one end. I didn’t go back, but I might still go back tomorrow. It’s so cold out, here in Western NY that I hate the thought of going out in it at all. I love the way yours turned out, but it’s pretty bad when you get excited about seeing your miter saw. ????
    Almost got my dresser done!

    • I don’t blame you for not wanting to go out. It’s been unseasonably cold for us here as well in the mid Atlantic, of course probably not nearly as cold as it has been for you! Can’t wait to see how your dresser turned out! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  14. Robyn Wright says

    OMG! What a clever idea! I LOVE IT! Guess where I’m going today? To get me one of these! LOL! I want to go shopping with yo and then brainstorm ideas. (Obviously, you would have the better ideas. LOL)

    • Thank you so much, Robyn! I’m so glad you like this one! No one in my family ever wants to go thrifing with me… I would love a thrifting buddy! I have my blogger BFF Nancy but she lives about 45 minutes away boo! We would have great fun! XOXO

  15. I wish I could come up with some of the ideas you do! I go thrifting and stand and stare at the item.:….and think what would she do with this?? I move on; then I see your ideas and go shoot!! LOL:) I think you have the best ideas of all the blogs I follow! Keep up inspiring the rest of us…..I will get on the bandwagon one day:/

    • Aww You are the sweetest ever, Melinda! Thank you! Sometimes I have no clue what I’m going to do with something until I actually start slapping some paint on it, and then the ideas start flowing! XOXO

  16. my next project

  17. Beautiful! It is just amazing that you can see the beauty in everything. Just wondering Do you keep all your projects or do you sell them somewhere?

  18. Oh my gosh you just gave me a perfect idea on a longer one I got. Love the handles but, the board and batten is what caught my eye. Can’t wait to see what you do with shelf also as I have several and also helping my niece do her new place and she has some. Great job as always!

  19. This is wonderful.. I also made over a $2.00 tray.. I love yours. I have a post on my blog called $2.00 Tuesday. may i include your tray in the post?

  20. Julie Briones says

    So perfectly simple! And the photos especially caught my eye today, Christy. 🙂 I’ll be on the look-out for one of these!

  21. So weird! Went to the link for the mitre saw and there was no price listed. Usually the price is right up that at the beginning of the page. And there were plenty of links to OTHER similar saws, most desalts. Feel like Im in the twilight zone!

    Nice job on the tray. Lots o work but that saw make it look easy. You are inspirational!

    • Thank you so much, MJ! I like to link to Amazon so ya’ll can find the exact products I love, but if Amazon is currently sold out there will be a link to find it from “these available Sellers”. My saw came from The Home Depot for $199 I believe on a Black Friday sale. It is a fantastic saw, and makes cutting those pieces so easy, plus it slides to cut pieces up to a foot in length. XOXO

  22. Tina Matteson says

    Christy, once again you took something I’d never even look twice at, and made it beautiful! Now I have to make time to swing by the Salvation Army store today just in case they have one of these, or an old silverware box! LOVE your blog.

  23. Linda Petersen says

    Supercute—once again!!???? The flatware box too. Can’t wait to see the next project. I had hearts galore in my house back then! Still love them but more balanced in my zeal. Lol Have an awesome weekend! XO

    • Thank you, Linda!! I had those hearts all over the place too lol! Have a great weekend!! XOXO

  24. This came out so cute! You got every detail just right, handles, lining the bottom, and all. So inspiring!

  25. Love this project! Is it weird that I most want to know what the gorgeous greenery in the pitcher is?? ^_^

    • Thanks, Jennifer, and no that’s not weird at all! That greenery is faux greenery that I found at Pier One a couple of years ago. At the holidays they always have really pretty and realistic looking greenery. ????

  26. Thank you so much for sharing your DIY chalk paint recipe! I have tried a few others including Annie Sloan and your recipe is my favorite by far, you get a little time to work, and I’m kinda OCD about things. So thank you so much, its my new go to, I think with your recipe I’m ready to tackle a big piece of furniture, thanks again, Cynde

  27. Excremely fabulous

  28. I’m fairly new to the DIY community and wanted to thank you for sharing all of your amazing protects and talent with us! I enjoy reading your blog and have learned sooo much from you and your followers….Thanks Again….:)