As someone who is becoming more comfortable in the kitchen, I found that I was constantly searching for my measuring cups/spoons and then inadvertently having to search Google for an equivalent measurement of some ingredient required. It was turning into a math quiz if I could remember how many ounces were in 4 cups! The answer is 32 oz.
I’ll be honest, it was actually the Mr. that came up with the suggestion of creating something inside the cabinet door to use as a reference. It was then my job to come up with a solution and making it actually happen. The end result is an easy DIY chalkboard measuring cabinet that we love!
So not only was I able to create a great reference tool for measuring, but it’s a super easy organizing project that puts your measuring spoons and cups right at your fingertips. Win-win! Here’s how you can create your own chalkboard measuring cabinet.
My first go around (see the bottom of the post for images) I was a bit apprehensive of painting the inside with chalk paint and opted to use chalkboard paper adhered with double-sided tape that would easily remove if need be. After living with the chalkboard measuring cabinet for a few years, I decided it was time for a more permanent update.
It wasn’t until one of the hooks ripped off the paper that I needed to re-do the project and give it a bit of a facelift after learning what worked and didn’t work for the past few years.
A quick side-note: make sure your measuring spoons/cups have holes on the handle in order to hang them!
Directions for Painting the Chalkboard Cabinet:
Remove the door from the cabinet base and lay down flat on a hard work surface.
Give it a good cleaning and wipe dry.
Using the painters tape, line up the tape with the outside edge of the cabinet. This will give you an equal measurement around all four sides of the cabinet without having to measure.
Make sure the tape is properly adhered to the cabinet by rubbing it with a credit card along the edges. This will prevent the paint from leaking underneath the tape and will give you a straight edge.
Apply a thin coat of paint and let dry. It’s important to work in thin coats so the paint doesn’t want to try and travel underneath the tape. It took me 4 coats of chalkboard paint to get a solid black surface.
Directions for Placement of the Hooks and Measurements:
Before you begin writing, determine where to place the hooks for your measuring cups/spoons.
Make sure you allow for space at the bottom for where your cabinet door meets the cabinet base. Measure and mark where any shelves are within the cabinet as well.
Using a ruler as guidance, place the 3M utensil hooks in 2 rows allowing enough room for the items to hang.
Now comes the fun part, writing on your new chalkboard measuring cabinet! I chose to write frequented measuring equivalents at the very top and bottom with the measuring spoons and cups in the middle.
Tip — Follow the directions of your chalkboard marker to ensure an even flow of ink when writing. My marker required shaking and compressing the tip of the marker before use and throughout.
Once everything is dry, hang your cabinet door and get cooking / baking!
This chalkboard measuring cabinet in my kitchen is probably my most used DIY project to date. Not only does it make grabbing a measuring utensil super easy, but I’m constantly referring to the measuring equivalents.
Here are some pictures of my previous chalkboard measuring cabinet where I used chalk paper rather than chalk paint and everything was positioned slightly too low.
Keep Living a Stylized Life.