When I saw this recycling basket in the Pottery Barn catalog I knew I could re-create it for much less. Over the holidays, I saw the recycling basket in the store and it was used as an office filing basket.
I already had a basket of similar size and with my anticipated new desk purchase (without drawers, but oh so pretty), I needed portable storage options. More on office makeover later. Here is the basket I had on hand.
This is what I had to purchase to make this project happen:
1 1×2 piece of oak. I paid for 2 feet (just in case). I used oak for the durability
4 casters and wheel sets. I went with the smallest option (approx 1″, maybe a little larger)
Screws ( I had flat head screws), miter saw and a drill.
That’s it. The list is so short you may not need a list (or the note app I am addicted to on my iphone). I guess-ti-mated the space for each piece of wood used to secure the screws to the basket. It took 60 seconds to cut the wood blocks for each caster.
I suggest pre-drilling the holes for the 4 blocks at the same time. When I attached my first caster, I pre-drilled the 4 holes, changed drill bits and then screwed in the 4 screws. Think assembly line system.
Here’s a close up the pre-drilled blocks:
The trickest part of this project is holding the caster in your right (or left) hand and holding the wood block with your left hand, while trying to line up the pre-drilled holes on your block. The block you are holding is positioned inside the basket and your other hand is holding the caster on the outside of the basket. Whew.. there’s a few fragments in that sentence. Now, try and line those up AND take a photo! Kidding! Here’s another tip.. make sure your screws are long enough to maneuver through the basket weave and still hit the block!
It takes maybe 30 minutes start to finish. And, I love it! Here is the finished basket:
I added a smaller basket inside the larger one to hold the miscellaneous items I need (but don’t want on my future desk.
Here’s a floor shot to check out the wheels on the bottom of the basket. I was on the floor, on my side, in the doorway with my camera when I took this photo. My son walks past me and he’s like, “blog thing, mom?” No doubt.
I am really happy with this Pottery Barn knockoff basket.
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