Introduction: Coffee Container With Chalk Board Labeling

I am about to start roasting some coffee and I thought it would be useful to make a few containers to store the coffee in. I chose to use chalk board paint so that as I got new coffees, I could easily change the information about the coffee. Even though this specific application is on a glazed ceramic container used to hold coffee, this method should work for a range of containers used to store virtually anything. 

Step 1:

Begin by taping off the area that you want to cover in the chalkboard paint

Step 2:

Sand the area that you plan to cover in paint with 120 grit sand paper. Note: if the sand paper is too coarse, the scratches will show through the paint. Conversely, if the sand paper is too fine, the paint will not adhere properly. 

Step 3:

tape paper towel or some other form of paper or plastic to protect the rest of the container during spraying. Spray a light coat of your favorite chalk board spay paint over the exposed area. Make sure the entire surface is covered in paint. Allow approximately 20 minutes for the first coat to dry before applying a second coat (the paint should change from a glossy shine to a dull look). After the second coat, allow 24 hours before continuing on... okay, I gave it about an hour and it all worked out, but the instructions on the can recommend 24 hours. 

Step 4:

I used Painters markers for the permanent writing and simple chalk for the erasable writing. so there you have it, chalk board labeling. 

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LeeG19 made it! (author)2015-09-09

Ive been looking for containers like this for a while! Thanks for the great idea!!

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techhobbit made it! (author)2013-03-26

Brilliant!
Oh no... now I want to start painting little chalkboard labels all over the house... cupboards, frig door, front & back doors, side of the phone & TV, dash of my car...
Well done 'ible.

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valkgurl made it! (author)valkgurl2013-03-27

Chalkboard paint can easily be made by mixing ANY kind of acrylic based paint--any color--by using UNSANDED GROUT (use black for--well--ya know--black!) and white for all other colors even pastels can be done this way. The small craft bottles work fine for this just start with a low level of grout and make sure it doesn't get too "gritty". Ooooops!! Paint works too and can be re-colored with the craft bottles or powder pigment. Any other acrylic can work too. No sanding needed on the things we tried---glass and ceramic and metal cans and wood. And pottery plant pots! Worked really well on those! ( Wood did have matte paint on it before chalkboard coat tho).

I was not a "fan" of the "off brand" chalk tho---I found the kid the OP used too hard and it scratched and did not leave a nice image. So searching out some "Chalk board markers" allegedly at JOANNES and or REAL. Crayola chalk. Like the idea of the perm chalk board marker for these with the regular chalk tho!!!!

Some recommend that you take a piece of chalk and use the SIDE to make a "wash" on the item and then smear the chalk dust around to "condition" the paint to "Hold" the imprint---I didn't find this made any difference with the hard brittle chalk we had.

I also "invested" something like $8 USD in "Contact Chalk Board Paper Sticker" roll and--hate is not too strong a word. IT refused to even try and accept the chalk. May work with the markers tho. Have not tried the spray paint yet. Good to know it works well tho!!! Thanks for being the Crash Test Dummy for all of us!

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dtimmyo made it! (author)dtimmyo2013-03-28

Thanks for sharing! I did run into some problems when I first used the chalk. It seems like there is a coating on the outside of the chalk that scratched the paint when I first tried using it. I found that scribbling on a piece of paper before writing on the paint was enough to wear off the outer coating which eliminated the scratching and allowed for good transfer. I haven't tried the chalk markers, although I seem to remember some of my teachers using them in grade school. I'd say it's definitely worth a shot. If you do try it, let us know how it turns out :)

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flavrt made it! (author)2013-03-26

Good one. Very crafty, and bound to save a lot of aggravation.

I had heard about these chalkboard paints, but been too timid to try them. You cured me.

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)2013-03-26

Awesome idea! Love all the details you've included on the label :)