Lately our counters have been overwhelmed with clutter. I tend to have a habit of making piles. To my husband its clutter, to me its organized piles. But, it was starting to get crazy…Especially the mail! I would start a new pile for every time I got the mail. That made me realize we need some sort of basket or bin to throw it all in. So, I started shopping around but really didn’t find too many options I liked and that was reasonably priced; it is just a mail bin!
I love them all, but spending $25 just seemed like too much. So…I decided made my own.
I found this basket at Target on clearance for $8.I took off the liner and stained the basket grey using Minwax Wood Stain in “Classic Gray 271”. You can also use paint, I just thought using stain might make it look more original. Also, you can see the details and high/lows of the basket color. Paint would completely cover the details of the rattan; which isn’t bad, just not what I was looking for in this project.After staining the entire basket I let it dry overnight.
I wanted to make a mini chalkboard out of it so I spray painted it with Valspar Chalkboard Paint, found at Lowes.Then I used my drill gun to cut 1/4″ holes in each side. Don’t forget to condition the chalk board, for some reason I always do this.The next day the basket was dried and looked like this.I then added the chalkboard to the side.I used Natural raffia that I already has lying around, and tied each side. Then I wove the raffia through the back and tied each side again. Like this.Now to draw “MAIL” onto the chalkboard. I actually printed out this font then traced it onto the chalkboard.Add the liner back and that’s it! I now have a Mail Basket for $9.00
(Most of the supplies I already had).