Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chalkboard Door - Simple but Effective!

Update:  I am entering this Project in the Summer Pinterst Challenge:

pinterest challenge summer

You can find it over on the Centsational Girl Blog (love her!).

Good morning all.  It is a very very rainy and nasty day here in Dallas.  My oldest is home sick too, so it seems it is a great day to stay inside and blog.  The project I am posting today is about a plain old white pantry door that became inspirational and finally useful!  I won't post a picture of my plain white door because I feel sure you all have those in your homes and can picture them with just a little stretch of your imagination (doesn't take much imagining does it).  I need to backtrack and tell you a little bit more about myself.  I really do try very hard to be organized and do things that make my life with my family as easy as possible.  I also however often makes things harder on myself than totally necessary.  My problems are with meal planning, shopping and making sure a good meal is on the table for my family most weeknights.  I stress most week nights (see previous post about letting my kids eat in front of the TV - doesn't happen often at dinnertime but alas it does happen).  I truly despise the grocery store and grocery shopping and there is a very good reason why!  My first job was in a grocery store, that shall remain nameless, where I was tortured with a green and orange polyester bell bottom uniform for the two years I worked there.  This was not the 1970's people - if it was I would have rocked that look harder than anyone.  It was 1987!!!  Yes you can probably guess my age now... I am not ashamed.  Back to the door.  I am really bad at planning ahead of time, going shopping and actually getting all the right ingredients home and I was terrible at thinking ahead and being prepared to put dinner on the table in a timely manner.  I was really great at waiting until 5:30 at night and then saying "Crap what was it I was going to make for dinner tonight?" At which time of course my protein for the meal was nice and frozen.  Did I already mention that I am really bad at planning ahead?  Something had to change! With a little Pinterest Pinspiration, I came up with a simple and easy to implement idea!  I would paint my Pantry Door with Chalkboard Paint!
   
DSC_0017

It made so much sense for me because I cannot open my Pantry Door ever without seeing what I am supposed to be cooking for dinner and on what day.  It makes it impossible for me to forget that I need to think ahead!  I love it.  I went to Home Depot (like Disneyland for me) and I bought a quart of the Rust-oleum Chalkboard Paint in dark grey.  This is the color I wanted so I went with it.  It matches the Sherwin Williams Peppercorn accents I have throughout my house.  You can also make your own Chalkboard Paint if you want a specific color that is not available - hopefully Mishelle can write a blog on that as I have never done it myself.  Just three coats for me and I was done!  My only frustration with this first attempt at my door was that I had to keep re-writing the days of the week on the board as they were written in Chalkboard Paint.  I decided to change things up a little and I added stickers to the door for the days of the week.  I just used some cute stickers in a font I liked that I found at Hobby Lobby.   If you have a Cricut or Silhouette Machine than this would probably work even better.  That's all for now.... happy Meal Planning to you all! 

DSC_0002

Don't beat yourself up for not being the "Perfect Mom", just be the best Mommy that you can be while still being true to yourself!!
See you soon....

1 comment:

Pin It button on image hover