My husband has been bugging me to either buy or make a better mail sorter.
This is what we were working with...
See how it's WAY too small to fit our mail?
We both hated it.
I bought this amazing book at Menards a while back...
On page 20, it shows this amazing storage system.
I have this cute little basket that I found at Walmart. This one here houses rolled-up washcloths in my spare bathroom.
It also happens to be the perfect size for mail =D
In the directions, it says to find an old potato crate. I didn't have that.
My husband used to work at a grocery store; in the produce section, actually.
We happen to have a pear crate in our basement!
I wanted it to fit the basket perfectly, so I took some measurement and sent everything through my table saw.
I cut the sides in half so that I could have two crates instead of one.
I reattached everything using the original nails that I carefully took out.
The directions say to mount these baskets onto two tracks.
I went to Menards, picked out some decorative trim, painted and glazed it.
I went to mount it....
Wasn't going to happen.
Again, I'm going to show you this awful picture.
See that stupid white electrical receptacle?
I'm not a %&^$#$%^ electrician!!
(Sorry for the outburst, I just hate hangups!)
Heck, I don't even know if the wires are dead. I do know that the stupid receptacle is in the only place that I can mount a track. I know that our living room is an addition to the house, so that was probably a light switch on the back door at one point in time.
"I can figure this out....right?" -Me, actually thinking I should just give up.
Yep. It dawned on me.
I marked two points on my trim or where the receptacle would go.
I raised my table saw blade just barely above the table.
That wasn't so bad ;)
See how it goes seamlessly over the receptacle?
FINALLY, I stained and polyed the crates to give an older, rustic finish.
I mounted them to the tracks with black metal brackets that I found at Menards (though I would have LOVED vintage cast iron ones!)
My husband brought me home two baskets from Walmart. I plopped them in, and wala!
...and you can barely see that stupid white receptacle...
Features I love:
- Two baskets: one for mail, one for mailing supplies.
- The baskets are large enough to house everything
-The baskets are removable, so when I want to pay bills, I just take the two baskets out and sit at my desk, with everything I need!