Repurpose an old window shutter into a chic mail sorter! Its a great way to keep your mail organized and it makes great wall decor.
I live with 4 roommates and our mail piles up so quickly. I made this as a solution to cut back on the clutter.
Step 1: Supplies
Window Shutter - you can find them a salvage yards, yard sales, on craigslist, freecycle, etc...
Paint - I used acrylic paint
Glue - I used Gorilla Glue
Drawer Handle - this was for an embellishment, feel free to get creative with your embellishment
Wire - to mount our shutter
***There was a bar going down the center of the shutter that I removed so all of the shutter panels could move freely 306 degrees in any direction. I did this so I would have more space to fit mail, but you will have to fix this later in the project.
Step 2: Paint Shutters
Paint shutters any color you like! I mixed the existing colors in the acrylics kit to get these pretty colors. I think they go together nicely.
Step 3: Remove Excess Paint
I was a little lazy in painting the shutters and got a good amount of paint on the main frame. Since the shutter is plastic I used some rubbing alcohol to remove the paint.
Step 4: Add Cardboard Backing
I cut two pieces of cardboard and glued them to the back of the shutter (the side that will be up against the wall). Make sure all your shutter panels are facing the same way before you glue the cardboard down because you won't be able to change the direction they are facing once the backing is on.
Step 5: Glue Shutter Panels in Place
Glue the bottoms of each panel to the cardboard backing so the panels don't move. This is a little difficult because its hard to reach the edge of the panels that touches the cardboard backing. Use this process to make it easy!
1. Tape the bottoms of the shutter panel to the cardboard backing. You want the tape to cover the gap between the shutter panel and the cardboard. You will see why in the next step. Use masking tape or painters tape so it doesn't ruin the cardboard or paint.
2. Drop beads of glue down each opening so there is a bead of glue touching the shutter panel and the cardboard. I used four beads of glue for each panel.
**Now you can see why you want the tape to cover the gap -- you don't want the glue dripping down the board.
Step 6: Attach Drawer Handle
I salvaged this handle from a dresser drawer. It is the perfect embellishment to finish the shutter. I just used glue to attach it.
Step 7: Add Wire to Hang
Drill two holes in the top back of the shutter and put screws in holes. Attach a wire from one screw to the other. The shutter will hang like a picture.