Chalkboards in your kitchen? Could you do that? Absolutely! Here are some creative and useful ideas on DIY chalkboards for kitchens.
Who says chalkboards are a thing of the past? And who says they should be limited only to class rooms and to vintage restaurant signs? Chalkboards are actually a trend in home decor and especially in kitchen DIY ideas. They have grown in popularity in vintage, minimalistic, country and rustic home decor styles and they are not only a creative and eye-catching detail, but also a useful tool when it comes to your kitchen. Yes, that’s right – you can do a great deal of creative and useful things by having a chalkboard in your kitchen!
For starters, you can write recipes on them. Instead of getting your cook books dirty or always having to check the recipe online on your phone or tablet, you can simply write it down on the chalkboard. Another great idea is to use the chalkboard as a To-Do list for all sorts of things, including for a shopping list of items you need to stock your fridge and pantry with. Does it sound neat and handy now? But wait – there are so many other ways in which you can find an application for your kitchen chalkboard!
If you have kids, they would absolutely adore the idea of having a special chalkboard to draw on. You can stick it to the lower part of the fridge’s door or somewhere as an accent wall decor. This way you’ll always find something sweet and colorful to look at while you’re cooking. And if you don’t want to risk your kids ruining your own writings on your chalkboard, you can always make a hidden one inside the cabinet door of one of your upper cabinets. Neat, isn’t it? The possibilities of kitchen chalkboards and DIY chalkboards are endless!
DIY Inspirational Chalkboard Signs
We can all use some extra inspiration every now and then. Additional visual boards, inspiring signs, lyrics, mottos, drawings and so on are basically never too much when it comes to inspiration. And when you’re stuck cooking in the kitchen for what might seem like an entire eternity, you’ll definitely cherish some chalkboard inspiration! One creative idea is to create the inspirational sign from an average cutting board. You can get those for a few bucks from your local dollar store. Here’s one version of an inspirational chalkboard sign made out of a cutting board. It features the fun motto “Eat, drink and be merry” in several creative fonts. The break in the standard font style definitely brings some creativity to the chalkboard sign and it’s super easy to achieve.
Another idea is to go for something simpler, but still effective and decorative. This time the sign shows the catchy and fun “Let’s eat” phrase, which as simple as it is brings some additional charm to the boring old kitchen. You can go absolutely crazy with these kitchen DIY ideas and draw/ write whatever your heart desires on your board!
DIY Chalkboard Cabinet Doors
Instead of placing only a tiny piece of chalkboard in your kitchen, you can go wild. And by wild, we mean transforming the outer parts of your cabinet doors into actual chalkboards. Better Homes & Gardens’ website offers neat example of how to do that. In this particular case they’ve made not only a center piece, but an actual helping hand. You should definitely check it out as it’s not only neat and creative, but also quite useful and handy. If you’re in need of a DIY chalkboard for your kitchen, this one should be on top of your list! What’s interesting in this particular kitchen DIY idea is the fact that they haven’t used a pre-manufactured chalkboard. Instead, they’ve actually painted the outer part of the cabinet door with a cheap, but efficient black chalkboard spray paint.
Inner Chalkboard Cabinet Door
You don’t have to put your chalkboard cabinet door on display – you can simply hide it on the inside of your upper cabinet door! Mandy has explained it all in her blog post. The best part about her DIY project idea is that it offers an absolutely amazing example of how you can create some extra storage space in your kitchen. And additional storage space in the kitchen is something we all need! In this case she used the extra kitchen storage for her measuring cups and for some directions on measuring liquids and solids. It’s definitely a creative and useful application of kitchen chalkboards.
Magnetic and Wipe-able Chalkboard
If you don’t want the standard chalks and the rusty, vintage feeling of the standard chalkboard, you can opt for a more modern one. The wipe-able magnetic chalkboards from Amazon cost so little, and yet in the same time they offer so much in return! They come with liquid chalk pens and are perfectly erasable. You won’t need another type of memo board for your kitchen after you get this one, trust me! It doesn’t require repainting, it doesn’t get stained, and its smooth surface is pure perfection. These are perfect for your fridge, because they are magnetic, but you can modify them for your backsplash, your kitchen cabinets, or even your walls.
Last, but not least, is Amazon’s chalkboard calendar. This little kitchen item isn’t little at all. It’s pre-divided into columns and sections so that you can use it as an actual calendar and to make additional notes. It’s 18 by 24 inches and you can get it for less than $20! It also comes with how-to instructions and you can stick it to almost any type of surface. On top of it all it comes with 5 chalk pieces, which are non-toxic and kid friendly, and also with one liquid chalk marker. If you need a large chalkboard and a calendar, then this is definitely the kitchen chalkboard of your dreams!
Now that you’ve seen the many various ways to make your own DIY kitchen chalkboards and the pre-manufactured ones, you can choose your perfect chalkboard and get it into action!