create: chalkboard labels for my closet

create: chalkboard labels - the ordinary life of jannybean

So when I took pictures last week of my newly organized closet, I noticed something about the pictures. Although my black bins did a great job of holding my less used items, they were SO dark.

And yes, I wanted my closet to be prettier. So I decided to replace my bins and create some new chalkboard labels for them.

Why chalkboard? Well, I have always created simple laminated labels for bins in my house. I like to label things as it really helps keep me and my family organized. I find declaring a place for something not only makes you accountable, but also helps your family know where things are or where to put things back.

But the thing with laminated labels is that you have to create new ones every time you designate a bin/basket for something new. And I am all about making my systems easy to update.
(Plus my laminator broke and I decided I didn’t need a new one.)

So I came up with the idea of chalkboard labels as I love the ones on my jars in the kitchen.

I found some great 3″ wood circles at Michael’s craft store and drilled holes in them to make them work for hanging tags. When you drill the holes you sometimes break the wood a bit on the back, but don’t worry, no one will see that.

create: chalkboard labels - the ordinary life of jannybean

I sanded them (the edges were really rough) and painted them with chalkboard paint that I had. I ended up doing about 4 coats per side (didn’t really have to do the backs but I like the solid colour) and sanded after 2 coats.

create: chalkboard labels - the ordinary life of jannybean

Once the paint was dry, I seasoned the chalk board paint by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over it.

create: chalkboard labels - the ordinary life of jannybean

I didn’t actually have to season these as I planned to use a chalk pen which doesn’t smudge or rub off, you need to wash it off with water. But I wanted to soften up the black of the paint and besides, maybe I will use chalk someday.

After I had seasoned the chalk board, I used an eraser to rub in the chalk and then paper towel to wipe as much off as I could.

create: chalkboard labels - the ordinary life of jannybean

For my closet, I decided I wanted the words to look pretty and my handwriting wouldn’t do. So I printed out the words I wanted in a font I liked (I used illustrator but word works too), and used a simple pencil transfer method to trace the words. What you do is rub pencil on the back of your paper where the printed word is. Then when you trace that word onto your label the pencil will transfer over and give you something you can write over with chalk or chalk pen.

create: chalkboard labels - the ordinary life of jannybean

This worked perfectly for getting the text style I wanted.

And now my organized closet looks like this:

create: chalkboard labels - the ordinary life of jannybean

Love it!!