Each year for Administrative Professional’s Day I try to come up with something fun to give my accounting staff. Last year I made floral arrangements in vintage enamelware tea cups.
Since I have to come up with five gifts and it’s on my own dime, I try to be creative and come up with something fun that doesn’t cost a lot of money. After all, it’s the thought that counts, I hope.
Earlier this year I came across these little metal mailboxes at Target.
They were intended for Valentine’s Day, but I thought I could make them work for my purposes. Obviously the hearts had to go, and I really didn’t love the plastic red ‘flags’ on the side paired with hot pink.
So my first task was to paint them. Have you tried the new matte finish spray paint from Rustoleum?
I had not tried it, so this seemed like a good opportunity. Please note that this post is not sponsored in any way by Rustoleum and the opinions expressed are just based on my own experience. I had a lot of problems with a leaky spray nozzle. You know what I mean, right? When the paint drips down all over your trigger finger. I also didn’t feel like the paint went on as smoothly as most spray paint. It came out in blobby spots rather than as a fine mist. Perhaps I had a defective can? Or maybe I hadn’t shaken it enough (although I did shake quite a bit). Possibly it was just a little too cold out that day. In any case, it required quite a few coats to get a nice even coverage. I lost count of how many.
But eventually they were done.
And once done, the finish was very nice. I love the matte-ness of it, and the Robin’s Egg blue is quite lovely.
I paired the mailboxes up with some cute ‘to-do list’ notepads. some pretty pencils and some candy.
It was fun to add my own spin to these inexpensive, off the shelf items.
And I’m pretty sure my co-workers enjoyed them!