I’ve been wanting to add a chalkboard into my kitchen for some time now, and this cookie sheet chalkboard was very quick and easy to create.
It’s a great place to write down things that we need as soon as we’re out so we don’t forget.
Frankly I need all the help I can get with remembering things.
On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.
Last month’s challenge was license plates, and if you missed it you can still check out my license plate wind chime.
I can’t wait to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s chalkboard project. There are links to all their fabulous projects at the end of this post so be sure to check them out.
How to make a cookie sheet chalkboard
For my cookie sheet chalkboard I’m using a vintage aluminum pan from my vintage bakeware stash.
Actually everything for this project came from my thrifted stashes so it was very inexpensive.
I’ve had this 12′” x 18″ cookie sheet for awhile waiting to find another one for a completely different project, but that’s going to have to wait now because it was the perfect size for this project.
Rolling out and cutting chalkboard vinyl
Because this baking sheet is quite used and scratched up I thought it best not to use paint, so it was the perfect opportunity to give this vinyl a go.
I thrifted some what seems like forever ago and finally got to try it out.
I measured the inside of my cookie sheet and marked the backing of the vinyl with pencil.
Then I cut it with scissors.
Placing the chalkboard vinyl inside cookie sheet
I did a dry fit and cut the corners a bit so they’re rounded.
I’ve never used this stuff before so I thought it best to cut just a bit of the plastic backing off so I could get the top area set in place before removing the rest of the backing.
This worked well and the vinyl is repositionable if you remove it slowly and carefully. It took me three tries to get the top area lined up just right.
I did a second dry fit with the rest of the vinyl and was happy with it, but it looked very plain so you’ll see down below what I did to dress it up a bit.
Then I just flipped the vinyl over so I could easily pull down the rest of the backing.
I rolled up the backing as I moved along, removing any air lumps and bumps with my fingers.
Then I pushed the vinyl down the entire length of the cookie sheet.
Adding pearl beading around the chalkboard vinyl
As I mentioned at the dry run stage, I thought it looked a little plain so I decided to dress it up a bit with some faux pearl beaded garland from my Christmas stash.
This also hides any imperfect corners, but of course I didn’t have any of those. 😉
I used my glue gun and did about 4″ of the garland at a time. The glue dries very fast so it’s best to do it in small lengths.
Adding velcro to back of my cookie sheet chalkboard
I had some velcro strips in my stash so I decided to use them for hanging by adding a strip to the top and bottom of the pan.
Because this pan is aluminum it’s not very heavy and the velcro is definitely strong enough.
You’ll see why I centered the strips in a minute.
Adding a baking cream horn to hold chalk
I added a thrifted cream horn baking cone with my glue gun to hold a piece of chalk and I was done.
I blinged it up with a silver coloured vintage earring dangle.
And here’s my vintage cookie sheet chalkboard ready to hang.
Hanging my cookie sheet chalkboard
So here’s the reason why the velcro had to be centered on the back of my cookie sheet chalkboard. Our original kitchen door has inset panels that are not flush with the centre part of the door, which means it sits flat on the centre part but not anywhere else. Besides the wall where my 4 country framed scenes are this is the only place for my chalkboard to hang, and I love those pictures where they are so they’re staying.
Because the velcro strips are quite wide they hold my cookie sheet chalkboard in place very nicely.
If is was a real problem I could easily place something in behind so the chalkboard doesn’t move, but it’s not that big a problem.
I added a red ribbon bow from my stash onto the nail that was already in the door.
It hangs down behind the chalkboard and makes it look like the whole thing is hanging from it, which is not a good idea because this is the main door that we use all the time.
The chalkboard had to be permanently affixed in place or it just might end up on the floor when we open or close the door.
The red ribbon ties the cookie sheet chalkboard in with the rest of my kitchen.
Using my cookie sheet chalkboard
If I was a chalkboard artist I might draw different scenes on it for different seasons and holidays, but that’s so not my forte and not what this project was about for me.
But it could certainly be done for that reason.
This adhesive vinyl worked perfectly for my cookie sheet chalkboard, and I’m looking forward to trying it again in the future.
The cool thing about it is there’s no mess, the chalkboard is ready to use right away without any prepping of the surface, and it’s quick… no drying time like with paint.
To clean it I’ve been using a slightly dampened cloth, but you clean it with dry cloth as well if you don’t mind the chalky grayness that’s left behind.
UPDATE: You can now see my completed Under $100 Aqua and Red Kitchen Makeover.
Now I’ll have no excuses for forgetting when we need something.
All I need to do now is remember to write it on the chalkboard.
Easy peasy, right? lol.
Don’t forget to pin it!
Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their chalkboard projects.
Here are the befores.
Just click on the links beside the blog names to see the fabulous afters.
1. Shoppe No. 5 – How to Make a Chalkboard from a Mirror
2. Adirondack Girl at Heart – Giving Vintage Jugs a Modern Look with Chalkboard Paint
3. Just the Woods – DIY Chalkboard Scoreboard
4. Lora B. Create & Ponder – Chalkboard Wall in the Pantry
5. The Interior Frugalista – Chalkboard Message Center from Cabinet Doors
6. Little Vintage Cottage – Chalkboards in Any Color
7. Thrifty Rebel Vintage – That’s mine.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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