The next step was to hot-glue-gun some chalkboard frames to the front of each basket. Once again I had a lot of difficulty sourcing these little frames. There are some lovely ones on Amazon…
…but at the time I wrote this post, they only shipped to the U.S., not Australia. (Note: they now ship to Australia if you want to save yourself some hassle!) I considered making my own with some pieces of wood and chalkboard paint, but I really wanted the frame effect and that is a bit beyond my basic DIY skills. Then I found these lovely little frames at a local store! They were $4.95 each, so not cheap, but considering I got the baskets for next to nothing I figured it was worth it. And don’t they look fantastic?!
Here they are with some labels written on in chalk:
This is the vertical configuration I’ll use when I mount them on the wall, except with some more space in between:
All in all this was an incredibly quick and simple transformation and I couldn’t be happier with the results! These little baskets have exactly the hip, industrial feel I was after.
I’m feeling more organised already at the mere thought of no more mail strewn over our benchtops.
Want to skip the hassle? You can now buy slimline industrial wire baskets quite cheaply on Amazon: