Amanda of Hip House Girl knows her DIY. Her Salt Lake City home is like our dream come true: Looking for love, in a neat-o location, and perfectly (modestly) sized (okay, small; but who are we to talk. And don’t you know we love that?). She’s here today to share a nifty, simple project that only a can of chalkboard paint can solve. Proof again that paint can always save the day. (Or, you know, make the day a little cooler.)
Greetings, YBH readers! I was thrilled when Kim asked me to guest post, and even more thrilled when I realized I could post about something that was her idea in the first place!
A while back, I posted about my spice solution.
I went from this:
Already a big improvement, no?
However, those Sharpie-scrawled labels weren’t the best looking things, and that’s where Kim comes in. She left a comment on that post suggesting I use chalkboard paint to put little rectangles on the jars, and write the names of the spices with chalk. Genius!
I considered trying to make all of the labels the same size, but then quickly realized that I lack way too much patience for that sort of thing, so I just used blue painter’s tape to make rectangles that were hopefully pretty similar in size, but not exactly. I’ll call it my “artistic license”.
You will probably also notice that the blue painter’s tape didn’t do the best job of making a clean line. (It may have been user-error, but I’ll blame it on the tape.)
If I were to do this again, I might try Frog tape, or just swipe on a stroke of paint for an even more carefree look.
To get rid of the bleeding paint, I used the high-tech method of scratching it off with my thumbnail. My thumbnail got sore pretty quick, so now I just do a jar or two every time I think about it. So technically this project is still somewhat of a work in progress, but I’m gonna go ahead and call it “done” anyway.
I tried to seal them with polyurethane, but the chalk immediately dissolved into the liquid. Reapplication may be necessary at some point, but that’s part of the fun!
Thank you Kim for giving me the idea and also for giving me the opportunity to share it with your readers!
Thank you, Amanda!