I love an easy craft project that makes a big difference :) And let's be honest, chalkboard paint could not be easier to work with. Especially the spray paint version! For quite awhile now I've been meaning to buy a magnet pad of paper to put on my refrigerator so I can jot down those grocery store items I need to buy that I think about in the moment of cooking but ALWAYS forget once I get to the store. Does that ever happen to you?
However, I've had this empty wall in my kitchen since we moved in. I thought I'd get around to finding art or something to fill the hole eventually, but then I came across this old tray that I got at the flea market a hundred years ago. Boom! Let's make a chalkboard, hang it in the empty space, and now I can add items to buy as I think of them. Ahhhh I love efficiency.
DIY Kitchen Chalkboard
1.) Tape off edges of tray with painters tape.
2.) Spray chalkboard paint on face of tray.
I sprayed 3 coats, taking about a 2 minute break between coats.
3.) Wait 24 hours. (Hardest part! Ah patience!)
4.) Cure chalkboard by covering the entire area with chalk.
Wipe off chalk and voila!
5.) List away!
I had to add a small sawtooth picture hanger to the back of my chalkboard. You can buy these at any hardware store - I happened to have some in my tool box. They come with tiny screws, you just grab a screw driver and screw them into the back of your tray. Then I attached some kitchen twine to the back, and hung the tray on the wall.
The Painters tape actually pulled off a little of the old paint from the original tray. But it ended up making the sign look even better! Unintentional distressing :)
I love how it fills up that empty wall and lets me remember what I actually need from the store! Win, win.