Our space isn't that big so sometimes I'm hesitant to bring in new furniture in the name of organization. After a fair amount of hemming and hawing we finally agreed that we needed something to control our mail/ change/ keys/ tons of little things that trickle in and land in mini-piles all over our house.
My mom's barn is a treasure trove of great finds and on a recent visit I spied these old mail cubbies that were just about perfect for the task. I love the rustic finish, although it's a little different from the aesthetic of the rest of the house. We did think about painting these (and honestly part of me still wants to do it)... but all the labels and paint drips are too cool to cover and I didn't want to ruin it for future enjoyment so we're going with it.
We tend to use the back door more in the winter and the front door in the summer, this has to do with both conserving heat and directing muddy boots. Since everything is better on castor's!, we put this guy on wheels (from Ikea- we liked the shiny new contrasting with the old) so that we can easily push it from the back door to the front to maximize the likelihood of collecting all our odd-and-ends in each season. The base of the cabinet isn't very thick, so we screwed in a piece of 1x and attached the castor's to that. It is recessed from the face on all sides so that you don't see it unless you get down low. (We are debating using a larger piece of wood to articulate more of a base but we'll see if we get around to trying that out!)
I'm looking forward to sorting through the piles and getting this thing stuffed, plus I discovered it's the perfect size for Little Smith's shoes at the moment which will work like a charm. We're hoping to spend most of our time outside in this nice weather, but it's fun to have something new (old) to greet me when I come home.
*footnote: In a twist of irony on the day that I post something on wheels, I just discovered this lovely mention of Little Smith's skater book cubby on Handmade Charlotte! I'm tickled to see it there and happy to find a great new blog too.