If you’re a fan of the whole “rustic” look and you need a place to keep incoming mail and papers organized so they don’t pile up on the countertop, this mail organizer will do the trick. It’s made from an old, small window shutter that Instructables user Weekend_Craft had in her kitchen.
Of course, most of us don’t have window shutters lying around, but they’re not too hard to find (you’ll also see larger versions as sliding doors), either at a department store, or secondhand from someone who’s giving up the look and wants a more modern flair—either to the outside or inside of their home. If you do find one, transforming it into something a bit more personal isn’t difficult. Weekend_Craft just painted it (it was originally red, she wanted white with a weather-beaten look), and used a staple gun (you could just use an old fashioned hammer and some nails) to attach a flat piece of thin wood to the back, so the mail wouldn’t slide right through the spaces.
That’s all there was to it. She went a little further and grabbed a vinyl sheet and printed out the decal at the top of the one you see above, which you can do if you want, or leave it blank if you prefer the look plain. Hit the link below for the full walkthrough—it’s a clever way to make updated use of a very dated piece of household hardware.
DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer | Instructables