Easy DIY Chalkboard Labels for your Baskets (or whatever)

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When we started giving our closet a makeover, I knew we were going to remove some of the rods and add shelves that would house baskets.  After we put the shelves in and I purchased the baskets from Ikea, I knew they needed some type of label so I wasn’t pulling each of them out when I was searching for something specific.  I wanted chalkboard labels, but I also wanted something that was pretty sturdy (so the sticker ones were out – I considered them but they wouldn’t work long term for a basket).  I thought about using the little wooden ones you can buy at the craft store but I wasn’t sure how I would attach them.  I didn’t want to use glue because I wanted them to be removable.  So that’s when I came up with using blank outlet covers.  You can stick them through the weave of your basket with the already pre-drilled screw holes.  No damage and you can remove them later if you want!  I picked up 10 from Home Depot for .59 each.  So cheap.  I already had chalkboard paint, no so cost there.  Here’s what I did:

1. Buy blank outlet covers in the electrical section of your home improvement store.

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2. Set them out on your workspace.  Make sure you protect your table if that’s what your using!  Also, I used a piece of cardboard to stick the screws into so I could paint those as well.  Don’t skip painting the screws!

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3. Paint them with your chalkboard paint.  I’m sure you could use the chalkboard spray paint too.  I don’t have that.  I think it’s a little more pricey and I use this stuff all the time so I purchased the quart a long time ago.

You'll need to do 3 coats.  This pic shows bottom piece with one coat, top piece on second coat.

You’ll need to do 3 coats. This pic shows bottom piece with one coat, top piece on second coat.

Make sure to paint the screws.  Get in the little groove too.

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This is after 3 coats, allow time to dry between each coat.

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4. After allowing a couple hours of dry time, season your chalkboard plates by rubbing a piece of chalk over them and then lightly rubbing off with your hand.  Don’t skip this part!

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That’s it!  Label anyway you see fit.  Simple and cheap!

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We are almost finished with our closet makeover!  Yay!

Pin pic.

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