School papers organized

Now that we've got two kids in school, the previous system of storing school papers just wasn't going to work (see pic below). I used the plans on Ana's site as a guideline and made the letter bin to fit my space. I decided to also make it a holder for the mail and all our keys.

This was made used all leftover wood hanging out in the garage. Luan was used for the letter bin, and strapping (1/2" pine) was used for the mail holder. I spray painted black and then painted it a creamy white, the color of our house trim. I distressed a little bit and then added the hooks. I hope it can stand the test of time.

Estimated Cost
$16 (mainly in the hooks)
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Chose not to prime; black spray paint; creamy white; distress
Recommended Skill Level



Fri, 09/09/2011 - 16:42

I just made the PB letter bin and now I wish I would have added the key hanger to the bottom since with 6 cars, we have tons of keys all over the place. Maybe I will make a separate one..

This looks awesome and I live the distressed finish.


Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:26

Looking really nice, stylish and effective. I always had a problem with storing school papers and looking here the solution seems so simple. Thanks for sharing the idea, when it comes to education material I want to teach my kids to be more organized.


Mon, 07/27/2020 - 00:22

I find a organization who organized school papers. For different papers we hire different papers. Somewhere expert paper writer exams are better because we checking and clear our class after getting good result in these exams.