Following on from Heather’s fantastic first post, for our new project, The Everyday Spruce; I wanted to share a really simple update we’ve made in the kitchen and a few ideas on how to get organised with chalkboard paint…
Chalkboard paint is a really quick, easy, & relatively inexpensive way to create a dramatic & practical difference to your home. I’m rather loving the idea of a splash back, full wall or fridge (double the organisation potential with magnets for notes & invites!) But using the back of a door is a great way to utilise space that is otherwise often left untouched, and isn’t too scary a place to start…
This door leads off the main kitchen into our utility room. It was orangey pine, and, although we had already attempted to use it as a pinboard, it had become rather a jumble with Boo’s drawings, letters & invites all haphazardly washi taped up (you can see a peek of it before here). This bugged me no end and meant I generally tried to avoid it!
It needed a style update, plus, I wanted to give it more organised purpose & make it a central ‘go to’ for us to check the calendar, and keep lists for shopping & reminders.
I decided to paint the whole door with blackboard paint as I love the look & it ties in well with vague plans for the rest of the kitchen (I used Rustoleum Blackboard paint from B&Q).
With our ‘everyday spruce’ theory that there’s no reason why practical can’t be pretty too: I used natural leather thong with mini pegs for keeping invites and notes neat & tidy, made a crochet chalk cloth, and added a few simple handmade paper ball decorations and painted push pins for colour (DIYs coming up shortly). I use my separate monthly calendar as I’m trying to keep everything in one place & like to take it down to write in, but you could use the whole door as a weekly planner as an alternative.
I also sorted all Boo’s drawings, keeping only our favourites & have made a more organised gallery next to the door (still with washi tape so it’s easily updatable!) Now I can finally see all her wonderful works. It’s such a joy, and makes me smile daily.
Because it looks better, I want to use it (instead of avoid it!) and actually remember to write things down more. Having somewhere that’s central, clear & organised has already hugely helped us all be a little more organised. What do you think?
If you didn’t fancy black, you can get coloured chalkpaint. Or, you could have a go at making your own in any colour with this DIY from A Beautiful Mess. How about white chalkpaint and coloured chalks as an alternative?
Do you have a chalkboard that you use for staying organised? Share it with us using #theeverydayday spruce & tag @lapinblu \\ @heatheryounguk so we can find you…we’d love to see!
Thanks to everyone who’s shared their sprucing so far, we’re loving all the January shake outs & refreshing!
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