… I probably shouldn’t file this one under our list of “super original” ideas, but in keeping with the motto “sharing is caring” I thought I’d let you in on the details of our small DIY project. In our quest to make the new open shelves in our kitchen both decorative and functional, we decided to add a little DIY touch to the new tea tins we bought. The shelves are partly serving as storage for our little coffee/tea bar (file that under a not-so-original idea found on Pinterest), and we we’re looking for a way label our different teas … which, as many of you probably know by now, chalkboard spray paint is an easy way to do that!
Here’s how we did it:
- The tins we used are just over four inches tall, so we measured a rectangle area – in the center of the tin – that was 1.75″ x 3″, marking the points as we measured.
- We covered the entire portion of the tin we didn’t want sprayed with chalkboard paint in blue painters tape.
- Using chalkboard spray paint, we sprayed the first coat on each tin and then let them sit in the sun (finally a sunny, warm day!) for about 45 minutes, before spraying the second coat. It varies as to what surface or item you’re spraying the paint on, but these particular tins called for two coats.
- We let the tins dry for another 45 minutes – making sure they were fully dry – before removing the blue painters tape.
- Lastly, with a utility knife and a dab of Goo Gone, we cleaned up the edges of the painted area. If this step is necessary, be sure to go very slowly when using the utility knife, so you don’t accidentally scrape off more than than needed.
And that’s it folks, the tin was ready to be labeled! I didn’t get overly creative (I’m no Grace) on that step – we’ll likely be changing out the names often – but, I certainly tried to make them look respectable. 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions!