Welcome to DIY Monday!
Storage space in a small apartment is rare and when found is golden. I am always on the hunt for projects to not only cut down on clutter but find better ways and systems for storage in our apartment. When looking through project ideas and crafts, I came across this adorable idea! The only problem was the project required painting and adjusting our cupboards, which you can not do in apartment life... bummer! So..... I decided to make it my own and make it a workable piece all on its own. Our measuring cups and spoons are always in two or three different drawers and have never had a proper "home", and now the do!
- Board (mine is 23.5"x23.5", but is completely customizable to your needs)
- chalkboard paint
- paint brush
- small trim
- sawtooth hanger
- mod podge
Step 1: Gather up all your measuring cups and spoons. Start laying them out to see how small or large your board may need to be. I actually bought my board thinking it would be too large and would need cut down. I ended up liking its size compared to what measuring units I had and kept it as is. This is totally a customizable project! Use a smaller board, make two boards, use a really large board for more than one purpose. The ideas are endless!
Step 2: Time to paint! I selected chalkboard paint but you could select a color or stain. I liked the idea of changing the use of the top of the board. I could make it a place to write out our menu for the week or keep it as is with the measurement equivalents. Again.... endless possibilities!
Step 3: Trim time! You can add the hooks to the wood as is but I liked the added look of the trim. I decided to not paint or stain my trim, but you may select to. To place the trim, lay out all your spoons and cups. I preferred the spoons above the measuring cups but you may decide on a different layout. Once you have your layout, you can now nail down the trim.
Step 4: Next put the sawtooth hanger on the back of the board. I made the mistake of putting my hooks in first making it much harder to add the sawtooth hanger later. I selected a heavy duty sawtooth hanger. You may try a wire or some other form of hanger.
Step 5: Hooks! Next you can start adding your hooks. Layout all your spoons and cups once again to figure out the correct spacing. My best advice is to make sure you have all your spoons and cups that you want to hang. By the time I had added all my hooks I realized I was missing a spoon! I could have taken all my hooks out and started over but decided it was not worth it so 1/8tsp got kicked out of the bunch.
Step 6: Labeling. You can go about this a couple of ways. My board is now a chalkboard so I could label my spoons and cups with chalk...... but, I decided not to! I went on Etsy and ordered custom labels for the spoons and cups from Starstruck Industries. I liked the clean look of the pre printed decals... but only for this part. Bonus...the font used by the company looked like chalk! You could label your board like I did, you could use chalk, you could paint the measurements on...many options! I wanted to make sure the labels were secure as they weren't designed for porous wood...this is where the mod podge comes in. I painted a thin layer of mod podge over each decal to ensure they would not come off.
Step 7: Now you can add the measurement equivalents! You could chart them like I did, you could list them, you could use only a couple equivalents and leave blank space for notes...again...endless possibilities! I have seen labels available for purchase for the measurement equivalents as well. I decided I wanted to keep the top of my board a workable chalkboard. Consider all the possibilities and decide what you think makes most sense for you and your kitchen.
Enjoy your new measurement station! Check back for Lifestyle Wednesday!
Thanks for reading and craft on!