Friday, August 26, 2011
Family Friendly: Kitchen Chalkboard
About the same time I started building, I quit grocery shopping. Actually, let's be honest, I quit grocery shopping in any organized way when we joined the CSA about four years ago because produce would just show up every week and I woudl figure out what to do with it. But when I started building last fall all grocery shopping stopped.
I used to be so organized. I would write our dinners for the week on one side of my shopping list and everything I needed to buy on the other side. It took one trip to the grocery store and I had everything I needed for the week. I also used to pay all of my bills on time. What happened to those days?
Someday I'd like to be that organized again, but for now, this will have to do. This is my new form of organization. We run out of something, one of us writes it on the board, whoever runs to the store next picks up everything on the board.
Except maybe the brown socks. Those are hard to find at Safeway. And Whole Foods.
By the way, don't judge my list. We get our week's worth of produce from the CSA, which is why there is nothing green on the list.
The chalk board is made from an old cabinet door that was attached to a cabinet I bought at the ReStore this spring. The rest of the cabinet is down in the basement now, with new doors on it, and I've got several more cabinet doors hanging out in the garage waiting for a similar treatment. They might make fun birthday presents for the girls' friends, right?
To make this bad boy, first I attached a 1x2 to the bottom of the door and then added some bead trim to it to keep chalk close by. Then I primed the whole thing with a few coats of magnetic primer, painted the frame my favorite shade of teal (RL Aged Mint), painted the center with chalkboard paint, and distressed the frame with fine grit sandpaper. I screwed it directly into my pantry door with countersunk wood screws and filled the holes with wood plugs that are easy to remove in case I decide to take it down some day.
But I can't imagine why I would do that!