I decided to tear it down using a hammer and just keep the skeleton. I painted it black with two coats of craft paint.
After that I decided that instead of using the wood I had salvaged from the inside of the piece (which would have looked cool too) I would attach coordinating ribbon with a hot glue gun from one side to the other.
And voila... Our new mail center that looks cute and original. Only cost me $1 (it was 1/2 off) + stuff I already had.
This post is linked to Tater Tots and Jello