Wire baskets made from hardware cloth.
I must admit I got my inspiration from Charlie at Attempting Aloha.
Once I saw her baskets I knew I needed some too.
We saved thousands by installing Ikea kitchen cabinets but we did have this minor eyesore:
Which is actually a good place for bread baskets and larger platters but also a perfect spot for a wire basket with a cute pleated liner (to hide all the baskets and platters!):
Side by side:
The basket is deceivingly big (35"w x 18"d x 6"h) so it can hold a lot.
I also made a basket for under this bench.
I was tired of looking at boy toys piled on the shelf:
So I made a wire basket to fit the space:
No more visible toys and Buddy boy was so excited he decided to fill up the basket:
And now they're hiding from plain view:
Here's how I made the baskets:
Following Charlie's tutorial above, cut out the hardware cloth as per your dimensions:
Fold up the sides and start 'sewing' the seams. My hardware cloth actually came wrapped in a long piece of wire that was the perfect gauge so I didn't even bother looking for other wire.
All four sides sewn:
From the end, it looks distorted but it's actually very square:
Here's how I made the drop cloth liner:
Cut a piece of fabric similar to the flat hardware cloth used in the beginning, leaving excess to fold over the edge.
Mark your four corners and miter the edges.
Trim off the excess, leaving 3/4" seam and press seams open.
In order to get a finished looking seam on both sides (inside the basket and the folded over piece) fold under 1/4" of the seam allowance on each side of seam and straight stitch:
Fit liner and decide how much over hang on the exterior and hem.
(Add your pleats now if you desire.)
Once liner is inserted into the basket you will have a finished seam in the corners on outside and inside.