Since moving to our new place in Orlando, we’ve had to get a bit…creative when it comes to our kitchen. It’s a rather small space and the pantry cabinets are tall and deep. I knew right away we’d need to pick up some more cabinet shelves from Bed Bath & Beyond. And then, when we were at Lowe’s, I picked up these cute dark turquoise woven baskets to attempt some semblance of organization. All they needed now, were some nifty labels.
I saw some inspiration through Pinterest (like this one and this one) that led me to create some chalkboard labels. After some chopping, drilling, sanding, spraying, securing, and writing, here’s my finished product:
I love the look of them, as well as the fact that they’re re-usable. Need to change the contents? No problem. Just wipe off the old label and chalk on the new one! Below is a tutorial on how I created mine.
- Wood ovals or rectangles. Alternatively: enough 1/8″ x 4″ x 24″ craft wood ($1.65 each at a store discount of 50% off) from which to cut your labels. I bought two and had leftover wood.
- Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint. Sold at most craft stores. I got mine at Jo-Ann’s for $4.19 (40% off using a coupon).
- Fishing line, thread, or twine.
- Dust-free chalk or a chalk marker. $1.29 at Jo-Ann’s
1. Purchase and prep the wood for your project. I was looking for pre-cut wooden ovals or rectangles, but I just couldn’t justify buying them for $0.99 each (Hobby Lobby). So, I just picked up two slabs of craft wood (1/8″ x 4″ x 24″) for $1.65 each on sale. Then, I marked the wood at a size that would work best with my baskets (4″ x 2″) and got a quick tutorial from my hubby on how to use his miter saw. With safety goggles on and ear plugs in, I cut 15 wooden rectangles to serve as my labels, sanding the edges of each to smooth out any rough spots.
2. Drill two holes on either side of the label. I used a smaller drill bit and was able to drill through three rectangles at a time using a clamp on our workbench. A quick re-sanding around the holes and the pieces were ready for their paint!
3. Give the labels a few coats of the Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint. Make sure to follow the instructions on your can in terms of shaking and spraying several thin coats. I covered mine in 4 coats.
4. Thread some fishing line or twine through the holes and through the basket. My basket didn’t have a lot of space in the weave, so I used a needle made for mending sail-cloth to punch it through. The string was purchased by my husband in Mongolia, so I don’t know its exact type, but it is a very thin black twine. I tied the two ends of the twine together on the back to secure the label. Almost there….
5. Use some dust-free chalk or a chalk marker to complete your label. I used chalk, but I’d recommend a marker. I think it will be easier to re-write on the labels if you don’t have to press so firmly on the wood.
6. Most importantly, grab a glass of peach iced tea, stand back, and admire your hard work!
I decided to keep the chalkboard theme going downstairs with our Tupperware storage by purchasing some Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ Chalkboard Labels; Flourish, 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″, 12/Pack. They were $5.99 a pack on Quill.com and were super-easy to write on. I even tested erasing one, as well as removing it from the Tupperware (as they claim to be removable) and both worked great. The lighting downstairs is far from natural, but here are a few pics:
Fun fact: they also sell chalkboard contact paper at Jo-Ann’s. I mustered up all of the self-control within me and put it back on the shelf…at least until I have an actual project in mind. Here it is on Amazon.com (affiliate link).
Do you have an organization system for your pantry? Or an idea for how to use some chalkboard labels? Do share!