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DIY Industrial Wire Mail Baskets (from a $5 Cleaning Caddy!)

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When I created my little office nook off the kitchen, I wanted some way to corral paperwork and sort mail so it wouldn't end up all over the kitchen counters. I pictured a set of industrial-looking wire baskets that I could mount against the wall, but it was hard to find anything slimline enough for this purpose - and the ones I did find were so expensive! So, I decided to make my own.
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I found these wire cleaning caddies for $5 from K-mart. Only problem? They looked... well, like cleaning caddies.

After a quick spray-paint in matte black, however, they looked a whole lot more classy!
  • diy industrial wire mail baskets from a 5 cleaning caddy, crafts, home office, how to, organizing
Then I used hot glue to affix a little chalkboard sign to the front of the basket.
  • diy industrial wire mail baskets from a 5 cleaning caddy, crafts, home office, how to, organizing
... and mounted them on the wall using a screw and washer that I also spray-painted black.
  • diy industrial wire mail baskets from a 5 cleaning caddy, crafts, home office, how to, organizing
  • diy industrial wire mail baskets from a 5 cleaning caddy, crafts, home office, how to, organizing
More details about the products I used for this simple little DIY can be found on my blog.
  • diy industrial wire mail baskets from a 5 cleaning caddy, crafts, home office, how to, organizing
I'd love you to stop past and see how the finished office space came together!

To see more: http://files.ahousefullofsunshine.com/2014/02/diy-industrial-wire-mail-baskets.html

  • Ghislaine Noel
    Ghislaine Noel Canada
    on May 8, 2017

    Yes, I will try it!

  • Amy0831
    Amy0831 Plainwell, MI
    on May 9, 2017

    Can I ask where you got the chalkboard signs? Or did you make them?

    • Peggy Wagner
      Peggy Wagner Atwater, CA
      on Jun 18, 2017

      I have seen little chalkboards in the dollar stores in the childrens toy section and by colorbooks ect.

  • Kathy Henning
    Kathy Henning
    on May 13, 2017

    outstanding Idea,

  • Linda Abate
    Linda Abate Nashua, NH
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Love the hanging baskets. A great way to be able to sort your mail and know exactly what you have. Also something that could be used in a home office or craft room for pens, pencils, markers, etc. With the small chalk board tags sold in craft stores , it is easy to identify what each basket is used for. Great job.

  • Shirley McDonald Blair
    Shirley McDonald Blair
    on Jun 26, 2017

    Yes. I will try and his idea! Good job!

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