Turning your refrigerator into a giant kitchen chalkboard is super easy. Not only is it fun to have in the kitchen, you can write reminders on it, grocery lists, let the kids know what's in there for left overs, what needs to be replaced, write the weather on it, the next few days' schedule, draw pictures, the possibilities are endless. The house we just moved into didn't have a refrigerator, so we had to use the one we had in the garage. It was a mess of rust and scratches and mysterious contents. After a good cleaning and lots of sanding, it is reborn as a loved item in our new home. Here's what you do:
1. Sand the entire surface of yoru fridge
2. Lay newspaper on the floor around it.
3. Get a small 4 or 5 inch foam roller and small tray
4. One small can of black chalkboard paint. I found some at the hardware place for about $15.00
5. Tape off the handles, and apply 3 coats with your roller, leaving a couple of hours drying time in between. That first coat will be thin and scary looking, the second coat a little better, but the 3rd coat does the trick!
6. MOST IMPORTANT STEP: Once it's dry, get a big piece of chalk and run it on its side all over the fridge,
covering it all with a layer of chalk, THEN wipe it all off with your choice of a dry "eraser". This will condition your fridge to be a chalkboard and won't leave hard to wipe off ghosting of your first scribblings on it.
Who knew there were so many uses for coffee filters?? This makes me want to start a series of posts about the extra usefulness of random every day objects. Today, it's coffee filters. Be ready to be amazed!
I used to clean my stove top with ammonia based cleaners of whatever brand, but I was always careful not to let anything fall to the floor because my pooches would always wander and see what yummy crumbs have fallen. I certainly didn't want them to eat windex soaked crumbs, so I switched to cleaning the stove, counter, windows, practically everything - even the floors with vinegar. And lo and behold, where have I been, this has improved things around our house immensely. Vinegar kills most molds, germs and bacteria. And it's fine to let some crumbs fall to the floor for the dogs, no more over careful wiping. I now clean from the top, down. Counters, then cabinets, then floors. White distilled vinegar.
I'm this old and I finally figured this out.
Here is a link with lots of good info and tips for using whie Distilled Vinegar all over your house: