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DIY Mail Holders

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love repurposing crap into beautiful, usable things. One day I arrived home to find that my mum had left an old metal rack on my front veranda with the note “Can you use this?”. Hells, yes! Then it sat on the veranda for a few weeks while I formulated a plan for it. (Note: our front veranda is less of a “pretty welcome area” and more of a “holding bay for junk”. We’re very classy.)
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $0 Difficulty: Easy
(I imagine it’s an organiser that attaches to the inside of a door. Like in a pantry. Except it was pretty grotty so maybe a shed.) I unscrewed the metal baskets from the rails and spray painted them matt black. While the paint was drying I dug out an old pine 1×8, cut it and joined the pieces together to make a square(ish) timber plate.
I made two of these timber plates from the one board. Then I sanded them both, stained one and whitewashed the other. (Due to my brain being stretched thin at the moment, I don't have any more progress pics - sorry!) Let's just imagine that there are a bundle of in-depth, step-by-step pictures detailing how I attached the baskets to the timber plates, added some L-hooks and painted wording at the top. Got it? Great! Now let’s skip to the finished product: my DIY Mail Holders.
This is the mail holder that I stained. I used the larger basket and painted a formal “mail” sign at the top.
The screws that hold the basket to the wooden plate were a silver colour which looked stupid so I dabbed a bit of black paint on them.
Here we have the whitewashed one. The whitewash had a more feminine vibe so I used a curvier font for the “welcome home”.
The L-hooks are a perfect spot to hang keys or even a dog leash or two. I love repurposing things, especially if it includes using up old wood from my stash. This little project ticked all the boxes and I’m smitten with how my DIY mail holders turned out. I love them! So if you’re in the area, just unload your unwanted junk straight onto my front veranda. I’m kidding, Emma would kill me. (Just do it when she’s not home.)

Materials I used for this project:

  • Scrap wood
  • Metal baskets

To see more: http://www.houseofhollingsworthblog.com/2017/07/09/diy-mail-holders/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Sandra Allen
    Sandra Allen
    on Oct 2, 2017

    I love recycling things. This is one of the best I have seen!

  • Fee Miriam Rosenfeltz
    Fee Miriam Rosenfeltz
    on Oct 8, 2017

    So groovy.....lovely repurpose...very taken with the paler one but both look great.

  • Pennie Collins
    Pennie Collins Midland, MI
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Really, really nice! I’ve seen similar items in catalogs and on line and they were pricey! Yours looks just as good and you did this with ‘junk’. Good on ya!

  • Cindi
    Cindi Canada
    on Oct 8, 2017

    wow ! Looks amazing, I love your scripting &/or stenciling too !

    • Kate Hollingsworth
      Kate Hollingsworth Australia
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Thanks Cindi - the lettering is simply printed from the computer and traced on (I have zero skills at freehand writing!). xx

  • Vicki LaBiche
    Vicki LaBiche Kenner, LA
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Very nice repurpose!

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