When we moved into our new house, I had no idea that we'd have so many mice! It's not like I'd never had mice in my home before (once I was making toast in my apartment in Brooklyn and a mouse came out of the toaster. Sick.), but the sheer speed in which these country mice were making their way through my pantry made me realize I had to act fast!
I wanted to make my pantry as organized, functional, and mouse-proof as possible, so I started by shopping for containers that sealed completely. I grabbed a combination of glass jars from Target and Oxo Good Grips POP canisters. Here's what you'll need to paint chalkboard labels for an organized pantry:
Chalkboard Paint (I got mine from Home Depot)
Painter's Tape (optional)
Food storage containers of your choice
Spread down the newspaper so you don't get the chalkboard paint on your table. If you choose to use the painter's tape to mark out your space for the paint, as shown below, be sure to press hard on the tape so the paint doesn't bleed underneath it.
I chose to freehand most of my labels. They don't need to be perfect.
Paint on one THIN layer, wait for it to dry, and repeat. If the paint is too thick, it'll clump and chalk won't write evenly over it. Once the paint is dry, fill your canisters with dry goods, label with chalk, and stack in your pantry to mystify the mice.
Here's the finished pantry. Not too bad for a quick evening project, huh? It doesn't use much of the chalkboard paint, so I've got plans for the rest of that can. Stay tuned...and stay homey!