Chalkboard Basket

Organizing is one thing, but staying organized is quite another. I’ve found out through the years that I tend to stay far more organized when I have a stylish organizing system. If this tendency doesn’t make sense to you, I understand. It’s bazaar, it’s illogical, but it’s what works for me. With that being said, I’m always on the look out for a stylish organizing system. The more stylish the better. That’s when I saw this trendy, yet functional, basket from Target. 
Target Chalkboard Basket
This Target basket is priced at $39.99, which isn’t outrageous but is out of my price range. I continued to search for a cheaper equivalent at Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods but haven’t been able to find a basket that fits in my budget. 
Basket DIY
That’s until I found this gem at a local thrift store.
Thrift Store Treasure

 The only problem…. it didn’t have that cute little chalkboard like Target’s did. So I was bound and determined to find myself a little chalkboard and create that fabulous Target look for much less.

Cheap Home Depot

Cue the Home Depot sale cart, like I explained in this post.

 I found these two pieces of lightweight wood for under $1… Score!!

Chalkboard DIY

 With a little chalkboard paint and an attempt at using a power drill, I did it!

Chalkboard Sign
Cheap Chalkboard Basket
Here’s my Target inspired basket for under $6 total.
Blanket Basket

 I put all of our extra blankets in it and placed it next to our couch with some chalk that reads… “Cozy up Here”.

Chalkboard Basket for Less

I couldn’t be happier with this treasure! It adds organization, functionality and coziness all at the same time. The fact that this whole project costs less than $6 makes me want to cozy up there even more.

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  • WHY ARE YOU SO CUTE! WHy don’t I see things like that at target and make them so much cheaper!? Love this!

    • Clare,
      You are too darn sweet. I do have to admit, this is one of my favorite projects so far. Not only is it cheap and stylish, but oh so easy to make! I swear the hardest part is finding the basket. Once you have that, you’re practically half way there. =) Happy Shopping!

  • First of all, I love your blog! I am also from Orland Park and read about you ladies in the OP Prairie. Keep it up!

    Secondly, I did a very similar project. I saw something in the stores with mini chalkboards and then realized I could recreate it myself for much cheaper. You can see the results on my blog http://www.groundedwife.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-chalkboard-clips.html

    Warning though, once you do one chalkboard project you immediately think of a gazillion more projects to do.

    • Thank you so much, we are so grateful that you came to check us out!! Most importantly, we’re so happy to meet another OP blogger! What a small world.

      PS. We are LOVING your mini chalkboard creations. They have officially been added to the DIY To-Do list.

  • Sue

    I love your ideas and you’re inspiring me! Any tips on the chalkboard paint? What kind did you use? I can only find small cans. Thanks.

  • Thanks for stopping by Sue! I used Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint from Home Depot –> http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Specialty-30-oz-Specialty-Flat-Chalkboard-Paint-206540/100141287

    Unfortunately, I’ve only seen quart sizes as well… never a full gallon. Chalkboard paint is amazing and can be used on literally anything, which makes it a tad addicting. Chalkboard paint may need several coats, so rather than one or two thick layers, be sure to paint several thinner layers. Good luck!! Send us pictures if you end up creating something.