Upcycle an old shelf into a super organized landing strip for your foyer.
A friend of mine is getting ready to move, and she's been giving things away left and right. When she offered me a set of three shelves, I decided that I'd snag them, even though they didn't really go with my decor. They were a nice shape, and I thought it would be fun to try to revamp them into something that fits my style!
I still have lots of paint left over from creating that chalkboard sign, so I thought I'd pull that out and give my shelf a chalkboard makeover! Why use chalkboard paint? We tend to pile things on to hooks in our house, and I thought that labeling them would help keep things from getting cluttered and disorganized. The idea was inspired by these awesome chalkboard paint drawers that I ran across not too long ago.
Chalkboard Shelf with Hanging Hooks
- second hand shelf (Try thrift stores, yard sales, or Craigslist to find one, if you don't have one handy.)
- chalkboard paint and a paint brush
- sanding block or sandpaper - medium grain
- three screw-in hooks
- Sand your shelf, if it has any kind of shiny finish. You need to rough up the surface, so that the paint can adhere to it better.
- Paint the shelf with chalkboard paint. It took me two coats to get full coverage, and you want to let it dry for at least an hour in between coats.
- Grab your screw in hooks, and screw them in by hand. I put one at each end, about 3" from the edge of the shelf and put one right in the center.
- Decide what you're going to hang, and label the hooks by writing above them with your chalk.
That's it! I know that there are a million cool uses for chalkboard paint. Have you guys done anything with this stuff? It really is magical to work with.