I’m not going to lie to you. It’s a mess in our baking/spice cabinet. We have all of this stuff in different wares of tupper and unusually sized containers and it’s been driving me nuts for quite a while. First world problem, I know. But we have THREE containers of cocoa!!! THREE! This is madness. And something must be done immediately.
Enter Ikea’s KORKEN Jar w/lid. Not long ago my sister mentioned she grabbed similar jars of assorted sizes for pantry items at her new pad. So I stole her idea and here I am today making it my own. She can’t really be mad though, I mean she got a pretty sweet industrial pipe shelving unit out of me. Just have to take the good with the bad I guess!
Despite my constant jabs at Ikea and their “meatballs”, they have some pretty great jars. They come with rubber gasket to keep your pantry items air tight and happy.
While the Ikea jars are 2 legit 2 quit, their markers SUCK for writing directly on glass. Granted, they’re really meant to be used on the Ikea labels, but I want to write directly on the glass. I have needs too, Ikea!
Here’s Ikea’s chalk paint marker…pitiful!
So I grabbed these American Craft permanent chalk markers from Amazon. Here I am practicing on an old mason jar. One problem that I’m running into by writing directly on the glass is legibility. I think doubling the font weight will help with that, but keeping the handwriting nice seems to be an issue.
OH WELL! Let’s just give this a go.
The problem with trying to double the font weight is that when you go over the dried marker, it removes your previous stroke. It’s like…a nightmare!
I think next time I’m going to try these chalk paint markers as they seem to be much thicker. They’re also called “premium” chalk markers. So they must be good! Right?
Anyway, here I am using a wet paper towel as an eraser to rid the world of my terrible typography. Turns out these AC permanent chalk markers aren’t very permanent at all! That’s good though because I’m seriously unhappy with my current handwriting (dis)abilities.
I’m done with the word sugar. I’m moving on. It’s just not working out between us. I’m in love with coffee. As a matter of fact, I always have been! But it’s got no ride and still lives with its mom so I need to go pick it up.
I stole some paper from my toddler’s sketchbook to get a makeshift funnel going all up in hea!(up in hea!)
My favorite of the jars looks second worst! I was trying so hard, too! I was being very careful when doubling up on the text, which made this way too rigid. But…
By the time it was cinnamon o’clock, I started to get my act together.
And just when I was finally starting to feel like my old self again, brown SUGAR shows up! I’M CALLING THE COPS!
So at this point I just need to throw down some sans serif sweetness. It’s getting too late! I don’t want to miss my full house reruns tonight!
Close up of cocoa!
It’s actually good that the markers aren’t permanent so I can go back and re-write the ones that suck.
The jars look nice all filled up.
So my makeshift funnel broke while I was transferring flour.
Can dogs eat flour?
It was pretty inevitable…this situation. I can’t even cook eggs without making a mess!
I think the less you care about making the letters perfect, the less you’ll feel bad when your family members judge you. Try it sometime!
I was thinking I could leave these four out since we use them the most?
I changed my mind…
The KORKEN jars look good but the cabinet is kind of meh. HMM..
I put some cherry wood behind the jars to make them look nicer. I think it worked?
Anyway! This was a fun little weekend project that helped us organize our out of control pantry. Hopefully my sister comes up with another idea I can steal soon! What did you do to organize your kitchen? Do you have a sister I can steal ideas from? Mine may be tired of my nonsense…