diy {fabric covered metal inbox}

First, let me say “thank you” for all your kind comments yesterday. I can’t tell you how much we cherish and covet your prayers for our family and our Little One. We are completely humbled to have so many people caring about our child and our family. Thank you.

Remember my staircase? Well, it is still not finished. It will probably only take us a day to complete it…it is just finding a day to actually do it. I am hopeful for this weekend. Instead of doing prep work for the stairs I decided I needed a fast little project just to feel like something is getting started and finished around here. I picked up a metal inbox from somewhere a long time ago. I don’t even remember where now. When I got it, I was planning on painting it white. I’ve been using it for a year and had not painted it. Well, I finally painted it…and then got in project mode and decided to make it a little more ‘me’. Now it is a super cute inbox to make me feel organized. I thought I was disorganized, forgetful and absent minded when I was pregnant. However, the reality for me personally is my adoption brain is far worse than my pregnancy brain. I am a mess.


1. Lightly sand the whole inbox and wipe clean.

2. Spray paint.

3. Pick a favorite fabric. I scored these while at Craft Weekend. Some of my favorites!

4. Iron the fabric and cut into strips about half an inch wider than the sides of the box.

5. Paint a coat of decoupage on the sides of the inbox. Place fabric on and smooth. Then wrap and glue the fabric over all the edges. Let it dry. Simple.


Now when I show up at the school Valentines parties and home room moms ask where the icing and candy bags are….I can think to myself, “oh yea, that reminder was on a memo in my cute inbox. I should really use it for more than a catch all of stuff I forget to do.”ย 

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  • amanda torres - That last sentence is hilarious. If I had an inbox that’s exactly what would happen to me. The catch all box that would hold all the stuff I never know what to do with, mixed in with the important stuff I need to remember.

  • cailan - Quite adorable and very fun. I will keep this in mind to cheer up my office area…. one of these days. : )

  • Stacy - The absolute truth you speak. It’s a piling spot…BUT a super darling piling spot at that. Kind of like the “crisper” in my refrigerator….It should really be called the “rotter.” I think I’ll change the little sign on that clear acrylic drawer to read ROTTER.

  • Heidi of Operation Organization - That is SO super cute! I’ll soon be featuring an article on my organizing site featuring affordable ways to incorporate syle into organizing solutions. Would love to link your photo/idea to the mix! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - This is so cute! I LOVE the fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Molly - What a charming little touch! Love it!

  • Meagan Tener - Ditto Amanda T! I definitely need to make one of these cuties! I have a lot of stuff that needs to be *put somewhere until I forget about it long enough to be able to throw it away* –I mean–organized! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Serena Lowr - So cute! I’m going to do this!!

  • Seriously Sassy Mama - I love using left over scraps of fabric.

  • amber - I am so on your same planet. Except, I’m pregnant. Boy, I hope my brain comes back with this baby. I’m concerned. Mostly for my family;).
    I have a silver “mailbox/inbox” I may have to get creative with. Because I just cleaned it out as I wondered how it got so filled up when it was supposed to help me stay focused. Oh well. At least my junk is all neatly stacked in a cool box.
    And…I’m so glad I read this today. And I think it’s awesome that your brain is in just as bad shape with adoption. God is so cool. He gives you mushy mommy brain for adoption too. Awesome. Hang in there…

  • Melissa - Man….seriously how the smallest things can be the BEST transformations!! LOVING this. This seriously makes me want to go home, look around and see what I can transform. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar - This is such a fun idea!

  • Louise in NE OK - Very, very cute! I have the very same metal box (hinged, right?)that in residing in the top level of your inbox. And, my it is OLD!……It has my 4-H ribbons in it from many years ago.

    Love you pictures, your stories, and your message!

  • Kathie - Very cute project! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Brenda Parsons - awesome i never thought of that, glad you had brilliant mind idea

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