Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to better organize my kitchen. My favorite way to stay organized is by writing things down, and as a DIY and crafting enthusiast, I make a pretty mean list. I use different colors, pictures, and fonts to categorize and plan out how and when I’m going to execute all of my to-dos. I’ll even include quotes for the day! That being said, my lists can be pretty extensive and not very change-friendly. What better way to write and draw things in a more dynamic and sustainable way than on a good ol’ chalkboard? I had some chalkboard paint lying around and plenty of space in my kitchen, so I got to work. Though I might not have stuck perfectly to my “kitchen organization” plan in all of my ideas, I’m so happy with my new, easy, and fun chalkboard additions!
When using chalkboard paint, it’s important to read and follow the instructions on the paint label. Different brands and styles of paint may specify unique drying times and painting strategies – chalkboard paint is not a “dry to the touch, ok to use” type of medium. With this type of project, if you don’t wait long enough between steps or you skip one, you might not be able to wipe the chalk off the board – nobody wants that.
For all of my projects, I applied one layer of chalkboard paint using a vertical stroke pattern, let it dry for one hour, then applied one layer of paint using a horizontal stroke pattern. For the door and glasses, I repeated this process twice. After painting each item, I waited 24 hours for the paint layers to be fully dry. Next, I “cured” the chalkboard paint by lightly scribbling some chalk lines on the painted surfaces and blending the chalk with my fingers. I waited another hour, then used a dry paper towel to gently erase the chalky blur – after that, all the chalkboards were finished, and I put them to use!
1) Kitchen Door Chalkboard
I love my kitchen door chalkboard. When I painted the door, I thought I would use it for grocery lists, chore reminders, or other miscellaneous household needs. Turns out, this door became the perfect vehicle to have the kitchen ready for every season, and mood. This door often has congratulatory quotes, holiday pictures and greetings, and in this case, a Happy Birthday message for my roommate. I particularly like it when we leave the chalk out when we are entertaining, and our “4th of July” themed board gets taken over by the creative minds of our guests – it’s always a funny surprise during morning clean-up.
The easiest part of this craft? Most doors have indented rectangles or raised edges along the outer part of the door, so you won’t need to measure any of your shapes to ensure they’re sides are straight and centered!
2) Chalkboard Martini (or Wine) Glass Labels
I bought these martini glasses because they were HUGE and I love a good martini – plus, they were only $1 on clearance! There are only a few people that frequent my apartment that like martinis. Ok, there is only one person (aside from me) that is always in the martini-mood, and that’s my dad. Fortunately for him, I got two glasses so we could both enjoy our drunks! Unfortunately for me, they match, and because my dad and I drink identical cocktails it would be impossible to distinguish who’s is who’s when we are together. Chalkboard paint to the rescue! I painted the bottom and top of the base of the glasses, and left the stems unpainted. Now, we can write our names (or the type of drink) on each glass to avoid any martini-mishaps.
3) Freezer Contents Chalkboard
When you cook for one, your freezer can be your biggest asset – so many bulk purchases and leftovers! Every time I try and keep a tally of what’s in there, I end up with five or six different slips of paper with notes and no idea as to how they connect. What’s even worse? I end up just buying more of what I already had! This project fixes everything. I painted a scrap piece of wood and used velcro strips to mount it on the wall. I can take the board down, update it, and stick it back on the wall – no more confusion! I had to get at least one true “list” chalkboard in my kitchen, and this was a great way to do it.