|February 22, 2011||Posted by Jessie under Build it Yourself, Crafty Things, Kitchen|
Right now all of our mail goes into a bowl. The bowl is on the corner of our counter and we throw it there and stuff gets mixed up and we lose papers and it isn’t the best organizing system. So to fix that problem, I was originally going to buy some cute baskets like these from Ballard:
But instead of forking over the cash, I decided I would make my own. Well, I decided Mike would make some for me. We have some scrap wood in our garage that Mike cut to size and nailed together for me. We used 1×4 pieces of wood and 2×2 pieces of wood. He used two for the front and one for the sides and then added one for the bottom. Here is what it looked like:
I then covered them with this cute polka dot fabric. I didn’t really have any scientific method to covering it, I basically tried to wrap it like a present. Folding and stapling and cutting in a few places until it was covered to my liking. It doesn’t matter what the back looks like because that will be against the wall so don’t worry about it being too perfect.
Next, we added some little hangy things (what is the name for these?) and put some nails in the wall to hang them from.
Then we made sure they were level and hung them. I left 5 inch gaps between the boxes when I hung them to leave room for the mail/papers we will store there.
The last thing we did was put a nail on the front and hang little chalkboards for bin labels. Ya know that cute little dog I talk about all the time? Well sometimes he does things that aren’t that cute. One of those things? We blame him for being one chalkboard short. The culprit has been known to eat things and since I had 3 chalkboards laying on the desk yesterday and can only find 2 today…yep, we’re blamin him. So my middle box is missing it’s label but it’s fine for now. I can always get another one for $1.00 next time I’m at Joann’s.
Anyway, here’s the final product:
Total cost for the project: $5. I had a coupon for Joann’s and got this fabric for $3.50 and then found the chalkboards there too for $1.50. Cheap, easy, and functional.
I would love to hear about any of your DIY organizing solutions!