One of my goals for this year is the complete organization and de-cluttering of my house. I need this for my sanity, NEED IT, and one of the first areas I've been tackling is the entry way by my front door. I had some "big dreams" of finding an entry table at a thrift store and using that as a way to keep the mail from crossing the threshold and continuing to take over the top of our bar. After the reality of my local Goodwill shattered that for me, I decided to rummage through my garage and see what I already had that might be able to work.
Which is how I came to have this metal shelving thing brought into the house.
It's not the prettiest thing going but it did suit a lot of the needs this area has: storage for my boots, a space for baskets to hold misc shoes and paper recycling, space for mailing needs (envelopes, stamps and an address book), someplace to put the mail itself and a space for my husband to put his work bag.
Right now all the mail is pretty much just slapped down on the top of the thing, I have one sad little candle holder over in the corner and the misc shoes are in an old picnic basket BUT it was such un-believable progress from how bad this area used to look, that I was willing to just live with it for a bit.
I also have to admit being stumped by the unit itself. It's brown coated metal on the sides and shelves, with a wood laminate top and chrome accents. How exactly best to paint such disparate surfaces?
Also, do I want to paint it a bright color and go with plain baskets? Or paint it white or black and go with bright baskets? And for the mail do I want something to sort it on the top or maybe some sort of magnetic sorter on the side and leave the top for display?