Anyway, while staring at a sink full of dishes and not wanting to mess with any of them (not even to put them in the dishwasher...I need a dish fairy if anyone wants to buy me something for Christmas by the way), I took a gander at my kitchen pantry and thought, project time! Now, not that I have time to throw in another project amongst the great chair rehab and bedside table surgery that I have planned currently or the fact that my parents are coming over for Thanksgiving and my messy house needs to be family presentable. But I just could not resist the siren call of a brainstorm project. I mean, you gotta jump on those projects immediately while the brainstorm is happening!
Anywhoo, I headed down to IKEA (it is way too close to my house for comfort and financial stability) for some storage ideas. Perusing the great storage options, I thought about maybe hitting up some clear storage so I could see inside but I really did not like the look of a bunch of plastic boxes sitting on the shelves in my pantry. I wanted something cute. I am a girl so deal with it. I stumbled upon these boxes:
|IKEA Prant Box with Lid|
Now, I know blackboard paint is everywhere from walls to appliances but it was a really good solution to being able to change the labels over and over. So, out came the cheap foam brushes and a quart of blackboard paint and you get these:
But, after painting the boxes, I started to look at the pantry and see just how sad it looked in it's builder white paint. And then I decided to put a splash of paint on the walls while leaving the shelves white for contrast! Color selection was easy as I love all kinds of blues and have been wanting to use the Peacock blue color forever but am not brave enough to paint a full wall with it. But in a closet o pantry, it is just enough color for fun but not constantly in your face. Sad pantry...you are so going to be pretty soon:
|Check out that Container Store door organization! So helpful in a small pantry.|
So, off to Sherwin Williams I went! Problem? I did not have any foam rollers which is what I wanted to use for speed of coverage and lack of brush strokes.....so I brushed the first coat on...leaving crazy brush marks:
8 boxes x $9.99 = $86.51 (sales tax included)
1 quart Valspar chalkboard paint x $14.26 = $15.44 (sales tax included)
1 gallon Sherwin Williams HGTV paint in Peacock Blue = around $27 (I never buy just one thing at SW!)
Finally, around $5.00 for foam brushes and roller
Total? Right around $134.00 and totally worth every penny!
Now I am off to Christie's for post-Thanksgiving reno work...coming up, we tackle reupholstering a settee and some amazingness that Christie worked on a couple of cheap brass chandeliers picked up at the thrift store....stay tuned!