Thursday, May 19, 2011

Our Pantry - Practical & Whimsical ME

This is the outside of ONE of our pantry doors.
(I LOVE how much storage my kitchen has!)

When we first moved into this house, I knew I wanted to paint the inside of these doors with chalkboard paint. And so I did. Last year...

But it wasn't until this past week, that I really got around to making use of these chalkboard doors. Here's what I did. It's a little bit practicality and a little bit whimsical. Pretty much crazy me trying to make sense and have fun at the same time. we go!

The top left door is where I write our weekly menu plan.

On the bottom right door I've listed all our emergency contact numbers for babysitters. Practical!

The top right door is what I call "Mom Says"
A place for me to write special notes each week to each kid.
With some silhouettes...Whimsical!

And the bottom left door is the most Whimsical of all! A place where the girls and I take turns writing a story. I begin with an opening sentence. Each day, when they are packing their lunches, reaching for a snack, helping me make dinner....they check it and, when ready, write the next sentence in the story.  My goal is to get them to use their spelling words in the sentences. So far we've gone three days and this is what we have...(FYI- Duke is the name of our Black Lab.)

What I love about this pantry:
  1. As I menu plan, what I already have on hand is at my fingertips.
  2. In an emergency, anyone is prepared.
  3. It helps me stay organized as well as inspire my children to create, write, and read.
  4. The whole thing was created for under $10!!
Linking up over at Sugar & Dots


LauraC said...

That is amazing!
And also awesome your landlords let you do that!

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} said...

You out crafted me on this one!!! I kinda love and hate you! FABULOUS!

love said...

we have pantries very similar to this in the house we're building and i already prepped matt that the inside would be chalkboard. he trusts me, but can never imagine it until he sees it done. will totally be using some of your ideas for inspiration!!! thank you, erin! love, love, love the silhouettes & notes to each kid!

{cuppakim} said...

um. could you adopt me?

funnest. mom. ever.

Michelle said...

I love that! My kids would probably eat the chalk, though.

Andrea said...

That is so cute, I just love it! I love how practical and functional it is but so FUN too!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

This is AWESOME!!!! You truly are a creative genius!!!! I want to do this with our pantry!

aPearantly sew said...

I LOVE this! Such a great idea :)

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

Erin, this is amazing!! SRSLY, my friend - you are AMAZING!

Elizabeth said...

LOVE THIS!!!!! I have pantry doors that desperately need a makeover now! I'm "pinning" this :)

sweetjeanette said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea!!! Now I want to rush out to Home Depot and get me some chalkboard paint!!! Thanks for the inspiration. It must be wonderful living in your house! The continuing stories on the door are a wonderful idea - sparking such creativity!

carlisle clan conversation... said...

you are radtastic and need to teach a class, ya know on everything. love it.

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