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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

  • Linda Abate
    Linda Abate Nashua, NH

    Such an awesome way to get organized. I am sure there are many other uses out there for baskets like these.

  • Carol Tanner
    Carol Tanner Denton, TX

    I love it! Problem is I went to kmart.com and could not find the baskets or anything similar for less than about $30 each, which makes it way too pricey for my budget. Will continue looking on other sites like Amazon, Dollar Tree, Dollar General,

  • Ghislaine Noel

    Yes, I will try it!

  • Amy0831
    Amy0831 Plainwell, MI

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

  • Kathy Henning

    outstanding Idea,

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