Repurposed Fan Mail Holder


I had this fan. It lasted only a couple of years until the motor burned out. Now it's trash. Bummer. When it squealed, we thought maybe dust? It was clean. Maybe oil? So we oiled it up. It lasted one more night. The squealing started again and it smelled like it would be trouble. I had a floor model that behaved similar and it blew up with sparks in front of me. So, we weren't taking chances with this one.
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I loved that fan. It tilted. It was a cute little bugger. I hated to toss it out. So I wondered what to do with its remains. I know if you "google" repurposed fans, you will find everybody turns them into lamps. We didn't need any lamps.

But what I DID see in that fan frame was a mail holder. Mail holders are not outdated because some of us still believe in paying bills the old fashioned way.
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So I took the fan completely apart.
repurposed fan mail holder, organizing, repurposing upcycling
Envisioning the front cut and opened up for a mail holder, I drew a line to cut off one half of the front frame.
repurposed fan mail holder, organizing, repurposing upcycling
Using a metal cutting blade on my cutting tool, I cut the front in half. Then replaced it with it's original screws.
repurposed fan mail holder, organizing, repurposing upcycling
I wanted the bronze oiled look, so I spray painted the metal remains.
repurposed fan mail holder, organizing, repurposing upcycling
And there it was. Exactly as I envisioned.
repurposed fan mail holder, organizing, repurposing upcycling
It's large enough to hold a whole week of mail.
repurposed fan mail holder, organizing, repurposing upcycling
It's kind of a basket... but it's a functional repurpose! A piece of junk turned into a mail holder.
Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

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  • Nancy
    on Aug 10, 2017

    Very nice idea u think its cute and yes it can be used a a fruit basket aswell loving it..... i have a black fan same size and if it starrts acting crazy its gonna get turn into a basket lol thanks for sharing love it😍

    • Nancy
      on Aug 10, 2017

      Sorry my internet is acting up it can be used as a fruit basket as well nice job

  • AdamTomBar
    on Sep 28, 2017

    Cool Cool Cool !!

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