DIY Chalkboard Labels

The more I work on this blog, the more I realize that I might, in fact, be a tiny bit of a challenge to live with.  True story.  I’m the queen of “unfinished projects, but let’s start something new anyway”.  I have lots of piles all over the house.  Things I’m working on… Things I’m gonna work on…  Things I’ll never work on, but haven’t gotten rid of yet… and I’m fairly content in ALL of the chaos.

And because I am married to a man who approaches life in a completely opposite way, I am continually impressed, overwhelmed and blessed by the depth of Tyson’s grace for me. He is neat and orderly and likes to see things thru to completion before starting something new.  He loves me despite my crazy and that just makes me want to work harder to clean up my act.

Don’t get me wrong, when you visit our home, you’re not walking into an episode of “Hoarders”.  But my ability to have things more organized in our home, has LOADS of room for improvement.

Case in point… when I left abruptly last month to visit my mom, my man was surrounded with loose ends to take care of and me trying to navigate him through it all from 1200 miles away.  At one point, he was just trying to find a pen in the workroom and me knowing which unmarked box that I store them in just seemed so clearly inefficient.

Unmarked Storage

Sure, he could’ve just searched in the different boxes, but there comes a point where you’d like to grab a pen and get back to the greater task at hand.

Searching thru Storage

So it’s time to get some things labeled.

Chalkboard Labels

I decided wood stained, chalkboard tags would be perfect since I’m loving both right now and they would be easy to relabel down the road.

Tyson cut me 4″ wood pieces to stain with Minwax in Dark Walnut.  I also found and wanted to try out these Chalkboard Labels by Martha Stewart and a Chalk Marker to write with.

Chalkboard Label Supplies

I was curious how these products would compare with standard chalkboard paint and chalk.

The chalkboard labels are a nice alternative to working with chalk paint.  They are easy to use and gave me a crisp, clean edge that I’m always hoping I’ll get with paint.  I didn’t try out actual chalk on these labels and I want to soon.

Chalkboard Labels

While the stain dried on the wood pieces, I cut the labels to the size I needed and wrote out the names for each box.

Box Labels

The pen worked really well on the label, but it definitely doesn’t behave like chalk.  Once it’s applied, it’s not wiping off.  That’s fine for this project, but noteworthy if you are expecting your chalk marker to work like chalk.

Chalk Marker

I added the labels to the stained wood and then attached velcro to both the tag and the fabric box.  This will give me flexibility to adjust the tag placement and move them around if necessary.

Attached Labels

We went with a neutral color palette in the workroom and the labels fit in nicely.

Labeled Storage

Hopefully, anyone can now come in and easily find glue, tape, pens, or stuff to take notes with.  Tyson isn’t a crafty guy, so he probably won’t be looking in the first box, but if he’s looking for something tiny and random, it just might be in there.  Gotta keep the guy guessing on some things, right?!

Have you tried out chalkboard labels or chalk markers?  Is labeling things and organization second nature to you? Have you realized that the way you do things might not always be the easiest way for those around you?  It’s definitely enlightening.

PS.  For those that are curious, this is not a sponsored review.  I’m just sharing what I discovered with these products in our home.

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Also, this post is being linked to Thrifty Decor Chick.  For more on the party check it out here.


  1. Victoria • Restoring our Victorian says:

    I am the absolute MASTER of starting something and not finishing… of getting incredibly excited for a project. Especially the part where you go shop for the bits and pieces…

    But then things kind of fall apart. Especially if I don’t do it IMMEDIATELY. It will sit in the bag… and I’ll get it out… and then days later the dining room table is still covered in what is now clearly a totally ill-conceived idea.

    I have to say I envy your shelf-organization. Unless you cleaned up for the photo shoot. 🙂

    • admin says:

      You may have just described my dining table… it’s the worst! I do the EXACT same thing, but I’m trying to be better. I probably have a lifetime of projects around here so I don’t really need to bring anything new home. Somehow projects still follow me home.

      However, I can proudly say that my shelf was NOT cleaned up for the photo! That area was a nightmare for 12 years and I have been able to keep them looking neat for over a year. The trick was getting the storage boxes. It looks so pretty, it’s been easy to keep organized… other than no one knowing what is inside of them. 🙂

  2. the home tome says:

    I am impressed! The labels look really cool. Surprising that the chalk markers don’t erase, but at least you built in flexibility with the velcro.

    I am similar to you: half-finished projects galore. I have tried to keep them contained to my guest room/office (this means that when we do have a guest I have to do a frenzied clean-up) But my projects spill out onto the dining room table all the time… and my husband has become more and more cool about this 🙂

    • admin says:

      Oh my goodness… I keep my half-finished projects in the guest room too. We really don’t have guests very often so it’s normally not a big deal. However, what is weighing on me the most about all of this is that when I split town last month, all that stuff was in there… And my husband had to deal with it so that the dog sitter could stay at our house while the rest of the family met up with me for the funeral. My mess suddenly became HIS mess. Tyson was cool with it too… WAY cooler than I would’ve been. But it’s definitely a wake up call for me to get my act together. My fingers are still crossed that the dog sitter didn’t open the guest room closet. 🙂

  3. Gilit says:

    Umm your handwriting is insanely good. Like it should be a font.

    I just used a chalk marker for Mia’s party! I also find it basically behaves like a marker and not chalk, but it did wipe off pretty easily. It might be due to the different chalkboard surface I used (chalkboard paint on paper).

    Thanks for the shoutout!

    • admin says:

      I was playing with the marker and labels again today and I actually smudged it. Getting it a little wet made the ink swipe off like chalk too. I need to play with the marker on a chalkboard; I bet it works a lot better on that than the paper.

      FOTOR is so fun! I’ve been looking for something easy like that for a while so I truly appreciate the recommendation!

    • admin says:

      Thanks so much! The labels are amazing to work with and would be fun in kitchen organization too.

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