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Sorting out mail is not going to be nightmarish anymore!
Recycling or re-using various sorts of junk, is nowadays not only desirable, but really important. In this article you will find out how you can actually employ unwanted items in small creative projects. Not only junk can still be practical, but if you have enough imagination you could make it look good and fit your interior.

Most of the time we throw way such things, simply because we don't see them as something we can decorate with. For this, reason I will inspire you to something more creative. Do you happen to have an old wooden dish drainer rack? Don't throw it away just yet, because together we can turn it into a letter rack. You could use letter racks to hold not only letters, but keys, newspapers etc. They will look great in your hallway.

Posted by Esther L. from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia • Published
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  • Step 1

    For the purpose of this project you will need wooden draining rack, hacksaw, water-based gloss paint, brushes, sandpaper, scrap piece of wood, drill, screws and screwdriver, large screw-in hooks. Using a hacksaw trim the pieces of the drainer, so that it looks like a ladder. Clean it well to remove all dirt inside the edges. With a small paint brush apply the water-based gloss paint of your choice (you are advised to choose a colour that will suit the rest of your interior). Painting the drainer is tricky. Turn it around to make sure you haven't missed a spot. Brush away any blobs of paint before they dry. Preparing the base of your letter rack is not that difficult, either. You just need a thick piece of fibreboard, that is cut to the same size as the rack, then sand, prime, pain and wait for it to dry. Using a drill attach the rack to the base firmly.

    Hopefully this was helpful. Whatever instructions I may give you, you still need a lot of imagination and mostly freedom and confidence to experiment. Don't worry if you get it wrong the first time. You will get better!

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