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?

My Perfectly Compact Tea Storage Solution

I really love tea.  Mark and I are mostly coffee drinkers but tea has a special place with me nonetheless.

Tea can be pretty sloppy in an RV.  Boxes that are disorganized and squashed in a drawer.  I purged some of the tea I had in our house but I still had to figure out a way to contain the tea.

I’d been eyeing these tea storage boxes for a little while….but um…call me a cheapskate…I couldn’t swallow the pill of spending $20 for one.

I found a similar one at The Container Store for $13, that was better.  (so silly that a few bucks bothered me so much)  But I didn’t want to pay shipping.

But when I was shopping in Hobby Lobby the other day, I spotted this gem.  Rustic, earthy, small.  Perfect. $3.  It was originally $6 but 50% off at the time.

I’d estimate that 40 or so tea bags will fit in there.  I love that it has a lid and it can be closed.  It is the perfect size for a standard tea bag.

On a side note…I simply love this Good Earth Sweet & Spicy tea right now.  It’s perfect for the chilly weather we’ve been having.

Anyway, I still have tea to contend with.  Like my Celestial Seasoning Teas that are not individually wrapped and bulk Rooibos Chai Tea from Savvy Tea & Herbs that is amazingly delicious.

But I’m waaaay happier with my tea storage for the camper.

 

DIY Built-In Drawer Organizers

I have a problem with Pinterest.

I *heart* Pinterest.

In fact, I think my Pinterest organization board is preeeety impressive.

Anyway, I’ve been eye-ballin’ this idea for a few weeks.  Truth be told, I hounded Mark.  I think at one point he confessed his pure and complete hatred for Pinterest.

Needless to say, Mark wasn’t having it with my drawer organization wishes.  I sorta got over it and decided to NOT remind Mark to mod the drawers for the 1,283rd time.

As luck would have it, the utinsel organizer from our house was about 3 mm too big for our camper drawers!!!  Yes!

Mark even looked at buying a new organizer but couldn’t find anything that would work.  So you know what that means!!  I gots me some built-in drawer dividers!

Problem was, we couldn’t find the exact dentil molding that the DIY called for so we opted for a bigger design with fewer notches (and less ability to space them).  This is what Mark used to make our drawer dividers.

Dentil-Drawer-Dividers-Supplies

Drawer Organization DIY

So here’s how Mark modified 2 of our kitchen drawers.

Supplies

  • Locktite Power Grab glue
  • 2 8-foot dentil trim
  • 2 6-inch wide X 24-inch long wood planks (1/8″ width) (our large utensil drawer was deeper so we got the wider planks)
  • 2 4-inch height X 48-inch long wood planks (1/8″ width)

Instructions

Maybe it’s self explanatory, but cut the dentil trim to the length of the drawer.  Make sure you have your notches exactly lined up and spacing correct or you have trim in the drawer that you will not be able to slide your divider drawers into.

Attach your cut dentil trim pieces to the inside of the drawer with the Locktite Power Grab and hold for several seconds.  Attach any remaining dividers and glue with dentil, once again, ensuring that your have your notches lined up.

Cut planks the necessary length to finish the dividers and slid them into the appropriate notches.

The molding we purchased had a thicker edge on one length and is thinner and more tapered on the other edge.  Here is a close up…

Dentil-Edge-Close-Up

Tips

When Mark attached the molding, he glued it with the thinner edge down toward the bottom of the drawer.  By doing so, it created a lip which the knives would slide under.  This made getting knives out a little annoying and cumbersome so Mark put some caulking around the affected edges of that one cubby hole as you can see below on the left.

Drawer-with-caulking

He also put several strips in the draw to help secure the boards, (they were a little wiggly and he had enough molding to do so.

Mark did 2 drawers.  We were able to go from this…

Untensil-Drawer-Before dentil-drawer-organizer

To this…

Organized-Silverware-Drawer Organized-Dentil-Drawer Drawer-After-Dentil-Molding Untensil-Drawer-with-Dividers

Conclusion

Needless to say, I’m VERY happy with it!  The dividers are exactly as they need to be as far as spacing, but with this molding there are less options to reconfigure.

By doing this quick mod, I was able to use the most of the space in my utensil drawers and get rid of my utinsel jar that use to sit on my countertop.  Less wasted space.

The Cost

For 2 drawers, about $38 (Lowes….you really need to lower your prices!).

So, not nearly as cost-effective as I had hoped it would be.  BUT it was 2 drawers and he did reinforce the dentil strips with several pieces. AND given the time-crunch we weren’t able to price-compare.

In summary, I’d say my man pretty well rocks!