I have absolutely loved many of the open kitchen storage ideas in bloggerland, but know that I tend to have a tendancy to clutter things up. I just don't think that I can keep things really need and orderly if it's out in the open. Well, I've been trying to figure out where to put all my stock-piled food. I have filled every nick and cranny I can find, and can't stand the mess it is! I want organization!
So, I decided to try to use that empty space above the cupboard in my kitchen. I figure if I keep everything the same, it won't seem so cluttered...at least that's my hypothesis. Mind you, this will be an ongoing project, as you will soon see.
My next step was to try to find some reasonably priced jars for storage. I checked everywhere and found them to be about 2 quarts in size and $5-$8 each in price! So, I had to think some more - what I had in mind would be too much money for me! Then - aha! I found these in Wal-mart:They are a gallon jar and the cost is only $4.98 with the pickles included. This is where it time comes in - we can only eat so many pickles at a time! (And they are huge!) So, I have been buying two jars when we finish one in hopes that I will eventually get enough jars to fill the top of my kitchen cabinets.
To help me keep track of things, I decided to experiment with chalkboard paint. I tried two different versions with the paint to see which I prefer. I used these Avery shipping labels for the computer and just put two coats of chalkboard paint on them.
I taped off one of the jars to paint directly on the jar to see how that worked too. It took two coats of paint to get full coverage.