Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chalkboard Fridge

One of my favorite things to do is take items that we use everyday and making them more. Currently our fridge is probably like most, a collection point for school pictures and calendars, random magnets, items to remember, and other items that at one point were needed and are now forgotten.

In comes creative thoughts and ideas for the fridge.

I love the look of the chalkboard paint on the fridge, the ability to add our meal plans to the fridge, and the overall style. So in come the challenges:

1. Painting the fridge. Once the fridge is painted, then I am committed to it with no going back. And if I change my mind, there aren't a lot of options other than to paint the fridge a different color. Fortunately for me, our fridge has tracks that allows you to insert panels into your fridge.

2. Finding the right-size masonite. For our project, we needed 1/4" thick masonite. A check for several Lowe's and Home Depots let us know that they only carried 1/8" and 3/16". In a moment of frustration, we considered just added cardboard behind the panels, but this could lead to chatter as we wrote on the board. A search of specialty lumber stores found exactly what we were looking for. Yeah!

3. Chalkboard dust. Dust is always a problem and adding more to it and on a hardwood floor, no thanks. After doing a bit of research, I found out that there is a lovely project called Chalkboard Ink and there are A LOT of colors!

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