Thursday, April 18, 2013

Chalkboard Paint Your Crockpot!


Transform an Ugly Crockpot
I make at least one crockpot meal a week, which means my very ugly "not-my-style" crockpot is on display frequently. For an appliance that makes so many appearances I figured it was about time to help it "blend" into my kitchen a bit better.

I've wanted to paint my refrigerator with chalkboard paint for some time, but since Matt outlawed that idea I figured I'd start small. It was a really simple project and the hardest part was waiting 4 days to be able to write on it!

One perk I didn't even think of until it was done is that for potlucks and parties I can just label the dish! Also for friends with food allergies I can clearly mark anything I want, right on the dish. Maybe the chalkboard paint will grow on Matt and we'll have a chalkboard fridge soon! (This won't be the last of the chalkboard paint you'll be seeing...)

7/29/13 Edit: This has become such a popular post and so many people want to know how to make their own chalkboard painted crockpot that I wanted to answer a few questions! 
#1- Did you prime?? No, but that was the quick and lazy method. Primer always helps for better adhesion so it would probably be best to prime it first. With good primer I don't think there is a need to sand the actual crockpot gloss down.
#2- Spray on or Brush on Chalkboard Paint?? I used brush on but only because I already had it out for my chalkboard doors and I was looking for things to use it up on. If I were to do it all over I'd go with the chalkboard spray paint because it's easier to avoid brush strokes.
#3- Does it hold up under heat and washing?? Yes. I do not submerge the outer part, but I have wiped it off many times. As for the heat it handles it fine even when it is very hot to the touch during cooking.

31 comments:

  1. How fun!! I you've really taken chalkboard paint to a new level... I love that you can label it for parties!!! As for the fridge...maybe your husband will let you paint part of it. You could do a big rectangle and frame it out with trim, backed with magnets!!
    XO,
    Christy
    Confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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    1. That's a really good idea, at least if he wasn't a fan I could reassure him that it's removable.

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  2. Love this. I am so doing this to my crockpot this weekend!

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    1. Thanks! It was so easy and simple I am tempted to chalkboard paint everything!

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    1. Thanks! It was all due to having extra chalkboard paint in my tray and just looking around the kitchen trying to find something to use it up on!

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  4. Great idea! Good way to cover up the dated designs they decide to put on crock pots. ;)
    Kelly

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    1. Thanks! I saw a few super hideous crock pots at some garage sales this weekend and I was tempted to pick up a few more!

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  5. Does it stand up to the heat of the crockpot? It is adorable!

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    1. It does! I've used it at least a dozen times since painting with no issues! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Did you have to do anything to the surface of the crockpot before you used the chalk board paint

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    1. Nope! I've used it a ton and nothing has chipped off or melted. I'm sure you could prime it though and it would probably work great.

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  7. GENIUS! On looks and reason for it...

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    1. Thanks a lot! It has already come in handy quite a few times!

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  8. I didn't see if you made your own chalkboard paint, or bought a commercially made one.
    I'd be interested in the brand, please! :-)

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    1. It is the Rustoleum chalkboard paint from Ace Hardware.

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    1. It is brush-on Rustoleum in a can from Ace hardware. I could have done spray paint just as well, but I didn't want to have to tape everything off.

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  10. Would it still be okay to wash my crockpot if it's painted with chalkboard paint? The inside dish of my small crockpot is not removable?

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    1. I've wiped my down a lot of times without any issues, but I don't know how it would handle soapy water or soaking.

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    2. Just a thought... I like to use the Crock pot drop-in plastic liners. Works great and easy clean up. I use this alot when bringing food elsewhere, normally I come home with an empty crock pot,now I pull out the liner and also have a clean crock pot to take home.

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    3. That's brilliant. I'm going to be on the lookout for those!

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  11. I so love this! I am going to do this tomorrow!! Thanks

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  12. i have an ugly yard sale crockpot I use for queso at parties...I think its begging for this!

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    1. Ever since doing this I'm on the hunt for a little crock pot for dips. Do you have a standby queso recipe? That is my favorite thing to get at Mexican restaurants!

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  13. Forgive me but I am new to your blog. The picture shows step my step but the post has no explanation of the steps. What kind of primer did you use in step 3 or is that the chalkboard paint. Did you sand down the glossy crockpot paint?

    regardless, this is a project that is now on my to do list for all my crock pots!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment! You're right about the steps not being super clear so I just went back and edited the original post with some more information! Let me know if you have any questions! It was really simple if you decide to go ahead and do it!

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  14. Can you do it white "White Board paint too?

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    1. I'm not sure, I've never used white board paint. Let me know if you try it though!

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  15. Amazing idea! How long did you need to let it sit before cooking in it again? What's your advice/experience?

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