A Better Way to Label ~ Chalkboard Spray Paint

Remember my cheap organizing containers that I repurposed from cashew containers I bought at Sam’s?

Well I never did end up putting those printable labels on them.  I really wondered how durable it would be to have a paper label mod podged on there.  And I wanted to be able to change out the contents if necessary without reprinting and gluing labels.

I honestly probably spent waaaay too much time thinking about how it would work best.

I just love Pinterest for situations like this.  A pin on there showed how someone had spray painted some canning labels with chalkboard paint and written what the contents were with chalk.

It was the perfect solution.

Wanting to avoid the mess of actual chalk, I opted for a chalk pen.  I couldn’t find one locally so I ordered this chalk pen set from Amazon, 4-Piece Bistro Chalk Marker Set.

The spray paint I bought was your standard, Krylon Black Chalkboard Spray Paint.

Now the labels were the best part.  I was shopping at Dollar Tree, (that store has some great stuff).  I came across these wall decals…wall-decals-

 

There are actually 24 circles in the pack and the whole pack was $1!

I simply spray painted the decals and let them dry for about 20 minutes.

The chalk pens were great to work with, but I’m thinking smaller-tipped ones like the,1mm White Chalk Pen Marker would work better for thinner writing.

So here is the end result…

 

Chalkboard-Paint-Canister-Labels-2

It worked beautifully and I couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out.  The writing does not rub off when you touch it, (after it dries of course).

To wipe the writing off, you just need a wet paper towel.  I did read the reviews and some people said you needed to use nail polish remover but I didn’t find that to be the case.

It seems like the fads go in waves on Pinterest.  For instance, when I first got on there it was all about Mason Canning Jars, then it went to burlap, and then chalkboard paint and I think I repinned a lot of those ideas.

So are you inspired by Pinterest too?

 

Hazard in the RV Kitchen

I thought this picture was amusing and worth sharing to show the little mishap we had recently.

So the Forest River designers are pretty tricky.  They put this spice rack thingy magigy on the back side of the stove to give you the illusion of having another storage space.

“Oh, that would be a nice place to put oils or seasonings.”

Ha!  The joke was on me!!  And since I had no clue what actually happens back there, I’m claiming ignorance.

You see, it is NOT the place to store anything that is flammable, pressurized, or can melt.  Trust me.

These little vents are to allow the intense heat from the oven to disperse.  You learn something new every day I suppose.  

All my oils and corked liquids were moved away from that area after a corked bottle of balsamic glaze uncorked unexpectedly.

So what do you think they expected people to store back there?  Silverware?

Camper Tour – Kitchen

This is one area of the camper that I wish was larger.  Who doesn’t want a larger kitchen though right?

I do have to say, as far as camper kitchens go, it’s pretty big!

I admit, after being here for 3 weeks, it’s getting better.

Kitchen View

Microwave/Refrigerator/Storage

Here is the side view…

The over cabinet storage is handy.  We have baskets above the microwave for vitamins, snack items, and bread, plus my spice rack is mounted.

Stove/Oven Area

Here is the stove top…pretty standard to RVs.  In the back is a little rack that I put spice overflow.  I use to put sauces but AFTER ONE NEARLY EXPLODED, I moved the sauces to a cabinet. (it get’s hot back there!)

This is obviously the oven.  I store some of my larger pans and stoneware here.  Our oven is pretty nice as far as RV ovens go, (you can adjust it more which I’ll go into later).

Cabinets

Here is where we moved our sauces…love lazy susans for easy access.  We still have organizing to do…but we’re getting there.

Here are the drawers that Mark made the built in organizer for.

Here is the upper corner shelf.  It’s hard to get back there in the corner, so we got another lazy susan.

This is the bottom shelf of the corner cabinet.  We really crammed a lot in there with racks and wire shelves.

This cabinet is a mess and I’m still trying to figure out how to organize it.

I do have 4 more drawers I forgot to take a picture of.  I store my glass snap containers, tin foil, saran wrap, baggies in one.  Pan lids, potatoes, pot holders in another.  Coffee, coffee grinder, aprons, in another.  And hand mixer, kitchen towels and wash rags in the last one.

Pantry

Upper pantry view…lots going on in here!  On the top shelf, my re-purposed containers with our bulk goods.  Middle has a wire organizer for our cutting boards, collapsable colander, pans.  And the bottom shelf has a collapsable salad spinner, mini loaf pans, & lid organizer.

Lower part of pantry.  I simply love my OXO Storage!

Side Wall

Mark mounted hooks on the wall for my pots and pans.

Under Bench Storage

I had to keep my lefse griddle and I use it for all sorts of meals: pancakes, french toast, quesadillas, and I’ll hopefully be making lefse this winter.  And I love my Salad Master chopper….they’re both big and bulky but I had the space to store them.

So there you have it.  A tour of the kitchen area.

We have a few projects to get the space more organized but I figured if I waited until it was all just right, I’d never get a post up.

If you all have ideas or tips to organize some areas, I welcome them!  I’ve sorta run out of steam with organizing at this point.  Still I’m very happy with where we are in the organization department.