Organising with Chalkboard Paint

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This is a very quick DIY I did on the weekend. My messy boxes full of sewing supplies had been bothering me for quite a while. Normally I use plastic organising containers or empty cookie boxes, but buying containers can be quite expensive when you need a lot of them and I never find things after I put them in cookie boxes. I just have too many of them.

This DIY was inspired by a friend who sent me a picture of a craft/sewing room at IKEA Berlin. They had thread sorted in jars by colour. I liked the idea a lot – it looks so much better than plastic containers, is see-through (which is great for finding stuff!) and inexpensive.

I still had some chalkboard paint spray left from my previous chalkboard DIYs that I wanted to use for a weekend project.

It’s super simple, quick, decorative and inexpensive – sounds good?

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I covered the jars with tape and left out the different shapes for the labels. I sprayed it with chalkboard paint spray (2 coats) which only takes a few minutes. I let it dry for a few hours – just to be on the safe side (you don’t want to have fingerprints on it, do you?). You can spray the lids as well, if you want to.

I removed the tape (carefully!) and labelled the jars with wet-erase liquid chalk marker.

Tip: You can make corrections to the chalkboard paint using cotton buds and nail polish remover.

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11 thoughts on “Organising with Chalkboard Paint

  1. Will that work on plastic shoe boxes you think?
    I’ve been putting my stuff in clear plastic totes for years,
    since I became paranoid about my stuff being destroyed
    by a hurricane’s storm surge when living in Florida.
    I love this idea. Post it notes or address labels eventually fall off.
    Thanks for the post!

    1. It will work on nearly every surface that’s smooth (So you might have problems trying it on wood or so). It will definitely work on plastic boxes! Just make sure you clean the surface before spraying or painting. 🙂

  2. Great idea, and I really like to see all the beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing, oh I have chalk fabric, not paint so I might try it by glueing some fabric onto a jar. Thanks for such a great idea. Blessings and smiles, Emilou 🙂

    1. Thanks Raquel 🙂 Yeah, I don’t understand people that don’t enjoy organising. I could do this all day 😀

    1. Thank you Ana! Looking out of the window I wish I were in Portugal at the moment… 🙂

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