Chalkboard Spice Jars

When we moved, I knew I wanted to replace my spice rack. My collection of spices had outgrown it, it didn't really work in our kitchen very well, and one of the glass jars had broken. Because our kitchen is a bit longer in our new apartment, we had an empty drawer that I wanted to fill with spices. I wanted something that was easy to access, easy to get a measuring spoon into, and could be switched up if needed. I decided on some chalkboard painted spice jars because they really seemed to fit all my needs, and were rather inexpensive. Here's how I put mine together...

I ordered 25 spice jars (from here) and already had some painters tape and chalkboard spray paint laying around from other projects. I cleaned out my spice jars with a damp paper towel to get any dust out.

Because I would be writing on them with chalk, and there was a possibility it could rub off in the drawer, I didn't want to paint the entire lid. I taped off a section that was less than half of the top for a window, and then taped around the sides for a clean line around the lid.

Watching Unsolved Mysteries while taping all your lids make the time go faster. I'm just saying.

If you want to be responsible, take for lids and place them in a box outside for spray painting. Or you could do it in your living room like me. (It was raining...) You want to do two or three even coats, letting dry in-between.

And that's it! Take the tape off, scratch off any paint that weaseled under the tape, and start labeling your spices!

This is a great one-afternoon project, as it only takes about an hour with the drying time. So far, I love them. They function exactly how I wanted them to and fit in the empty drawer perfectly! Woo.

Chalkboard Speech Bubble Mugs

It is safe to say that I've been wanting to paint these plain, white Ikea mugs that I picked up in a thrift store for some time now. I've seen chalkboard paint used on mugs around the blog and Pinterest world, but wanted to put my own little spin on it with a stencil.

Pebeo makes a chalkboard paint that is dishwasher friendly. You will also need something to paint and a brush, some painter's tape and an exacto knife.

Apply the tape as smooth as you can and draw whatever shape you want on there. With an exacto knife, cut the shape out. You might want to do a test run on your mug and make sure you won't scratch it with the exacto knife, but mine seemed to make it through just dandy. Once you cut out the shape, be sure to press the tape down again.

Apply even coats of the chalkboard paint, I did around three coats and then after a few hours remove the tape. 

Your mug might look like this, but try not to panic! Using your exacto knife, scratch off the parts that ran under the tape. Follow the directions on the bottle, let dry for 24 hours before baking.

Make yourself some tea and enjoy your happy mugs!

Chalkboard Paint Wine Glasses

At some point when I was living in my last apartment, my mom gave me this pack of 12 plain wine glasses that she found somewhere for like $2. She already had plenty of wine glasses, so she felt the need to buy them and handed them off to me. I don't really drink wine (my goal is to find a wine that I actually do like) and T drinks it every once in a while. 

But the fact that they were plain bothered me and I thought I could decorate them differently. My first idea was to use chalkboard paint to paint the bottoms of the glasses, so at a party, you don't loose your glass! Here's what I did...

It's a really simple project. Just need some glasses, painter tape, and chalkboard spray paint (I used Krylon).

Tape off your glasses. This was the most time consuming for me because I was really trying to make the lines across the stem rather perfect. Then just cover part of the glass so spray doesn't end up anywhere it shouldn't.

The paint! I held them by the globe and with a continuous spray, rotated the glasses in my hand. Let dry upside down.

Remove the tape and your done! I let mine sit upside down on the counter overnight and by the morning, they seemed completely dry. Obviously these can't go in the dishwasher (but they are too high for my dishwasher anyway!) and I'm pretty much in love with them. Makes me wish I liked to drink wine!