How to Create a Chalkboard Measuring Cabinet


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!

DIY Chalkboard Measuring Cabinet | Modish and Main

DIY Chalkboard Measuring Cabinet | Modish and Main

Since I’m a bit apprehensive of painting the inside with chalk paint, I opted to use chalkboard paper adhered with double-sided tape that would easily remove if need be. (I think I’m still so use to living in a rental that I’m adverse to things being permanent!) 

A quick side-note: make sure your measuring spoons/cups have holes on the handle in order to hang them! 

Materials Needed: 

Chalkboard Paper Roll (or Chalkboard Paint if you want a more permanent solution)
Double-Sided Tape
3M Utensil Hooks
Chalkboard Marker

Directions: Placing the Chalkboard Paper

If possible, remove the door from the cabinet base and lay down flat on a hard work surface.

Unroll the chalkboard paper and trim to the entire length of the of the cabinet door.

Starting with the upper left hand corner, line up the paper approximately 1/2″ in from top and side to mark your starting point (place a tiny dot to mark the location). Hold in place with washi tape (easily removes) or a weighted object.

On the right hand side, using the ruler, determine how much excess paper you will need to trim off to have a 1/2″ of cabinet showing.

Continuing with the ruler, draw a line down the entire right side of the paper measuring the exact amount of paper that will need to be trimmed off. Using a paper cutter or scissors, carefully trim off the excess.

Along the bottom, measure the amount of paper that will need to be trimmed to leave a 1/2″ of cabinet showing and repeat the previous step of cutting the excess paper.

If you have hinges in place that are located within the area of the chalkboard paper, carefully measure and cut away the paper as needed. 

Once the paper has been trimmed to the correct length and width, flip the paper over.

Using the double-sided tape, place 2″ strips of tape along all the edges.

Carefully flip the paper over and line up the paper in the upper left corner where the dot is.

As you start to unroll the paper and adhere it to the cabinet door, be sure to smooth out the paper to prevent any wrinkles.

Directions : Measurements & Hooks

Before you begin writing, determine where to place the hooks for your measuring cups/spoons.

Tip — Allow for space at the bottom and where you have shelves in the cabinet. 

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 with the utensils located at the bottom.

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. 

DIY Chalkboard Measuring Cabinet | Modish and Main

DIY Chalkboard Measuring Cabinet | Modish and Main

DIY Chalkboard Measuring Cabinet | Modish and Main

DIY Chalkboard Measuring Cabinet | Modish and Main

DIY Chalkboard Measuring Cabinet | Modish and Main

DIY Chalkboard Measuring Cabinet | Modish and Main

Keep Living a Stylized Life.

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38 comments on “How to Create a Chalkboard Measuring Cabinet”

  1. Kristin, I adore your chalkboard measuring cabinet! I NEVER remember the conversions that I should when I’m baking and always have to look them up. Love how you now have them in such a handy place along with all of those small measuring spoons that get lost in the bottom of drawers. Love!

  2. Love this, Kristin! It’s as beautiful as it is functional, and I don’t know that I’d hide it in the cabinet! 🙂 Your printing is fabulous and I wondered if your blog font is custom from your handwriting? 🙂

    1. Thanks Pam, you’re so sweet! I definitely have plans to do another project where my obsession with writing on chalkboards won’t be hidden. LOL

      As for the font on the blog, it’s not my handwriting but it was originally chosen but I naturally gravitated towards its similarity. Do you think it’s hard to read though on here??

  3. Absolutely brilliant and perfect timing as I’m just starting to set up my new kitchen.

    Would you be willing to share the name of the font used in your blog? I’m a bit of a typeface fanatic and have combed through hundreds but I can’t find anything I like better than yours! Thank you.

  4. Did your door actually close with the spoons and cups hanging like that? It looks like they would hit the edge of the shelves….

    1. I noticed that too, the 1 cup measure will hit the bottom shelf. Still, easy to fix since it’s not permanent, the pic looks good and she did include the warning to avoid the same mistake in the tutorial.

    2. Hi Nicola!

      It appears that way in this photo but all I ended up having to do was take out the extra board they placed there on the bottom of my shelf and it closes just fine. It was an easy fix but yes, for those of you doing this project… make sure you account for trim, etc!

  5. I saw something similar on Pinterest, but it required drilling…and I am wary of putting holes in my cabinets. I have had the chalkboard paper up for months but never followed through because of the drilling. Now I have my chalkboard pen ready and I just need to grab some 3m hooks from my basement! Thank you so much for the idea! Love it!

  6. What a great idea. I will join in my kitchen, I found it very practical, really a facilitator when it comes to cooking. Congratulations on the originality.

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