My #1 clutter problem on my counter is my MAIL. In an effort to contain the clutter and piles I decided that it’s time to get a mail organizer. I found these magazine bins at Ikea, they cost $15 for 5 bins. The bins have a nesting feature, but I wanted the bins to be separated a little more, to fit more junk – ha ha. I also wanted to add labels to aid in the organizing process. My labeling process is super easy and only requires painters tape, an X-acto knife, paint and a printer. First I printed out the labels, if you like mine, download and print Mail labels, Mail labels 2, or make your own with blank labels (FYI the font is Channel).
Add a layer of painters tape to the face of the mail bins. Over lap the tape 1/4″ – 1/2″, pressing it down firmly.
Tape the paper label over the tape layer. Use an X-acto knife and trace around the words, pressing firm enough to cut through the tape. Once all of the letters are cut, trace around the bracket frame outline with the X-acto knife. Remove the paper and remove the inner tape from the bracket, leaving the words.
Press all of the tape down firmly. Now paint the label area with your favorite paint color, I used coral. One big tip for no leaks, is painting thin coats. If the painters tape gets overly soaked with paint, it is more likely to leak…from my experiences 🙂
Once you’re satisfied with your paint coverage, remove the painters tape and allow the paint to fully dry.
So easy, isn’t it? I love that you don’t have to have special cutters or cartridges.
Now onto the mounting board. I used a piece of 1/2″ MDF that is 36″ x 13″. If 36″ is too tall for your area, adjust the height to what works for your space. The following diagram shows the hole spacing that I used to mount the bins. Drill the hole diameter according to the bolt size that you use.
At the top of the board I put my favorite molding (Door header RB4 Stock Building Supply). Lowe’s carries a similar, but smaller version. Glue and nail the molding into place.
I added ‘mail’ to the top in metallic gold (just in case we forget ;-))
Next I used bolts and nuts, about 3/4″ length. I can’t remember the size, probably #8 or #10’s. To make the back side stay flat, I put the nut on the inside of the bin.
Tighten up the screws and add a hanger to the back. I almost always use a keyhole bit and route the back, so I don’t have to purchase hangers for every project!
The bins have been working fantastically in my mudroom, and totally reduce clutter on my counters! Wahoo!
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