Friday, March 2, 2012

Chalkboard Grocery List Center

I have been wanting to add a grocery list center to the inside of my cabinet forever! I finally got it done this week. It was much easier than I envisioned.

It went from THIS to THAT!

You will need a thick acrylic paint (any color) and 1 tbsp. of white non-sanded grout for every 4 oz. of paint.  Mix together and stir for about a minute. You will have bumps of grout but these will blend in when painting.

Seal your paint between coats. I covered with foil and set a heavy book on top. Discard remaining paint in the trash, not down the sink.

Take your time to mask the area with painter's tape. Cover all edges.

Paint the area with two coats, letting the first coat dry for about two hours.

Remove painter's tape, clean up any oops areas and allow to dry at least two days. "They" say three days but I was running my ceiling fan.

I forgot to take a photo of curing the surface. Rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface and erase before using.

I covered a small paper mache box for paper lists, pencil and chalk.

I covered a 3" x 6" piece of cork with coordinating paper.
I finally get to use the kitchen theme tacks I've had forever!

This is the final result!

If you don't want to mix your own chalkboard paint, there are brands of chalk paint ready to use. I couldn't find a red shade I liked and already had all the supplies. This cost me $3 in paint. You can also buy a quart size of black for large wall projects. And it does come in a spray can to quickly cover objects that may be difficult to hand paint.

Have a great weekend :)


Fab said...

Such a great project I will never look at the inside door of my kitchen cupboard in the same way again ! xoxoxo lol

Morninglass said...

what a smart idea, Molly. I like how your grocery list is tucked inside the cabinet. I also like how you included the paper lists for taking with you.

ann @ Whimsyville said...

SO now i have to paint the inside of mine with magnetic paint.... You are so smart.... <3

chillin with Quillin said...

what a neat idea !!!

Ann said...

That is such a cool idea and it looks fabulous. I had no idea you could make your own chalkboard paint like that.

AJsArts said...

AWESOME! I did a corkboard in one of mine but I never thought of chalkboard! I know what I want to do tomorrow :D

Phyllis Dobbs said...

Fabulous project Molly!!! And I didn't know you could make your own chalkboard paint!

Baukje said...

wonderful you can now forget anything?
Greetings Baukje
Good Weekend

Stamping From The Heart said...

Great Project Molly! I love it!!!

Anonymous said...

This is a FABULOUS project, Molly. I would have never thought to create a chalkboard on the inside of my cabinet. Brilliant! Genius, I might add, is the idea of the little holder for chalk and things. It's all in the details. Thank you for sharing.

Samantha said...

Why didn't I think of that?!?! GREAT idea.