This is our freezer. What started out as a circa 1992 white freezer with rusted edges and a nifty (?) black and gray “racing stripe” down the left side has turned into one of my favorite things in our laundry room (that we created during our garage remodel). And it was as easy as painting the front with chalkboard paint and gluing molding to the edges.
Not only is it much nicer to look at (and with a French door into the laundry room, this is important), but it has become a time-saver for keeping track of our garden produce that I freeze for winter use. Actually, it’s become almost indispensable. I keep chalk and an eraser in a magnetic holder on the side of the freezer which makes it easy to update the totals whether I’m putting something in or taking something out.
In June, a new season begins with as the strawberries ripen, so I start a new section on the bottom of of the door that lists what was left from the previous season. So, in this example, “2009″ moves to the bottom along with the names of what is left and how many and I will write “2010″ up top and erase all the category numbers making it ready for the new season’s produce that I will be adding.
Can I just say I love, love, love this? I always struggled to keep track of the things I threw in the freezer, and especially using the things from the previous year that were buried under other things. And of course I should also do this with the meat and other frozen items I buy, but haven’t reached that pinnacle yet. One day…
It also serves as a nice art display for anyone interested in drawing. Our daughter keeps our door beautified.
Interested in doing this or something similar? After I completed this project I read some advice for painting freezer or refrigerators that say you need to prep the surface first, but other than a light sanding, I just painted right over the top. Update: It looks the same after four+ years!
Here how to create a Chalkboard Freezer door:
- Sand the front of the freezer, just enough to dull the shine, with a medium-grit paper. Spend a little extra time on any rusty edges to smooth them out.
- Paint a coat of chalkboard paint on front of freezer and let dry according to directions on the can.
- Paint a second coat. I still looked a little scraggly, so I went ahead with a third coat after the second dried, but this is optional.
- Prime the chalkboard according to directions. This involves using the edge of a piece of chalk to cover the entire surface and wiping it off.
- Apply molding to the edges. Measure the edges (we used a 1″ picture molding) and cut using a miter saw or box to make the corners. Paint the molding (a couple of coats), let dry and adhere to the edges with Liquid Nails, holding in place with clamps. We did one or two edges at a time, letting them dry before doing another edge. The clamps were tricky to keep in place because they didn’t have much to hold onto, so that’s why we did just one at a time to minimize any bumping.
That’s it. For about $14 ($7 chalkboard paint, $7 picture molding + liquid nails we already had) we got a much better looking freezer and an awesome organizational tool!
This is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.