I Do Love Me Some Baskets!

We have four bookshelves in our basement on either side of our tv. They were hard for me to look at, and I realized I needed to find a way to hide some things, as well as make some storage space for toys. The before was a little hodge-podge, but once I covered the photo albums with kraft paper, and added these wonderful baskets from Pottery Barn, they look cleaner, and more put together. Plus, the baskets let me hide the messies! I bought some simple wood plaques and painted them with chalkboard paint, then drilled holes and hung them with twine. Labels!

Here is the right side before:
And the right side after:
And the left side before:
The left side after:
I love these baskets, and my new labels, too!


  1. Sommer on June 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Oh wow!! They look uh-mazing!!

  2. Faith on June 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    i LOVE this! it looks so much more organized! i love me some baskets too!

  3. Terry on June 9, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Wow! That really looks great!! Such a simple idea. I love it! Can you come over and help me too ???? 🙂 I would love to get our basement to look that good.

  4. Girlventures on June 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I like how it makes the messy stuff look neat – well done you!

  5. Grace on June 13, 2010 at 2:28 am

    hi joanna! so, you don't know me, but i stumbled upon your blog when i clicked that mysterious \”next blog\” button at the top of my screen. i guess blogger can detect my preferences, because i've come across a lot of blogs about adoption this way — i do this when i'm bored! 🙂 my hubsand and i are adopting from korea (which is what our blog chronicles) and we are waiting for our little boy to be able to come home. we are also in the dc area and are using chsfs as our agency. mackenzie is beautiful and i am hoping she is in your arms soon! will be following your story!

  6. Stacey on June 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    What a great idea! The chalk board labels and really cute:)

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