I've loved reading all the comments on my little blue cabinet post, you guys had some great ideas for what to do with those open cabinet doors. In the end I decided to go with baskets - which wasn't even one of the original options, y'all are good. Baskets will be perfect, esecially since I forgot to share that the right door doesn't actually open.
You see, it's a faux door...probably where the old radio speakers were housed. Even though I removed the interior wall between the two cabinet spaces, using the area behind that right "door" would have been very difficult. I don't know about you, but if it's difficult, I'm probably not going to do it.
Unfortunately, finding a basket that fit turned out to be trickier than I anticipated. All the square milk crate-style baskets I looked at were between 12 and 13 inches, and I needed my baskets to be closer to 11 inches square. I looked at so many stores and searched online for so long, I'm probably going to have nightmares tonight. The horrible 'I-played-tetris-for-too-long-and-I-still-see-it-when-I-close-my-eyes' type of nightmare... you know what I'm talking about.
Yesterday, I stumbled across these at Walmart (not my favorite store in the world, but hey -- desperate basket times call for desperate basket measures!)
They are medium-sized fabric bins, and they cost only $6 each. Unfortunately they're lacking in both the "cuteness" and "basket-like" categories.
What to do, what to do...
Pull out some leftover burlap and a glue gun and sort it out, of course!
I started by wrapping a long strip of burlap around all sides, pulling it tightly and gluing along each corner to secure the fabric.
Then I folded the raw edge under and glued.
The next step was to finish both the bottom and the top of the bin -- I did both the same way. First I glued each corner down, after pulling the fabric tight.
Next I worked my way around the bin, starting in the middle of each side and working toward the corners.
The last thing I needed to do was cut the holes out for the bin's handles.
It might be hard to see, but I cut little V's at each end so that I could more easily pull the fabric tight against the curve of the handle.
Using my skills of a photoshopper, I have enhanced this photo so that you might have an idea of what I'm talking about here:
Then I went crazy with the glue gun, peeps. Don't be afraid, glue that sucker down. You definitely don't want it unraveling or peeling off.
Here is a side-by-side: Walmart $6 bin, meet your surgically enhanced twin.
(Did you see that I replaced the large photo with a mirror? Looooooove it!)
And there ya have it. My $0 fix for a $6 bin.
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