Cabinet Kitchen Conversion Chalkboard Chart

6 Materials
1 Hour

How many of you have to go rooting through your utensil drawer just to find measuring cups and spoons when you're cooking? And how many of you constantly have to look up conversions on your phone while your hands are covered in flour and gunk? I know I've had these issues a time or two, so this Kitchen Conversion Chart is perfect for my kitchen cabinet -- this way I have all I need in one spot and I don't have to go searching for things while I'm cooking.
SUPPLIES: -chalkboard -stencil -white, oil-based Sharpie paint pen -key rack -double-sided tape -transfer paper (needed only if creating your own stencil with a Cricut or Silhouette machine)
STEP 1: Fill in stencil First, Rob cut me a slab of chalkboard using a table saw that would fit perfectly on the inside of our spice cabinet. *Note: If you don't have a table saw, you should be able to have the chalkboard cut at Home Depot. Then I took a piece of transfer tape the same size as the stencil I created with my Silhouette machine, and adhered it to the front of the stencil. After that, I laid the stencil down on the top of my piece of chalkboard, made sure it was flat and had no bubbles, and removed the transfer paper. Once my stencil was secure, I traced inside the stencil using one-direction strokes with my paint pen.
*Note: I would not recommend going back over the stencil to make it darker as the paint will start looking streaky and will come off in places. I did this on the "K" in 'kitchen' and it started to look sloppy. I was thinking maybe it would look better if, after my paint pen dried, I went back over the whole stencil with chalk, but that didn't do much so I just blew the chalk off once I removed the stencil.
Next, carefully remove the stencil. If you experience any bleeding, simply and carefully use the end of a needle or something else small and sharp to scratch off the paint.
STEP 2: Write in conversions I originally wanted to do my own design with white vinyl, but I decided to just create my own stencil, then write in my conversions. If you make any mistakes just use rubbing alcohol on a rag or cotton ball to "erase" your mistake.
STEP 3: Cut and apply double-sided tape Because Rob would have a fit if I permanently altered our kitchen cabinets, he suggested I use either Velcro or double-sided tape to attach the conversion chart to the inside of our cabinet. We ultimately decided on double-sided tape, as Velcro wouldn't allow the chart to sit flush with the lip of the cabinet. For this step, I simply cut strips of the tape and stuck them to the boarder of the chart on the backside.
I also added a strip of tape to the back of the key rack.
Once I figured out how far up the key rack had to hang in order for my measuring spoons and cups to clear the bottom of the cabinet, I found that I needed to move my conversions up; so rather than "erasing" everything, I re-did the bottom half of conversions and wrote them a little smaller (I tend to write big.). Overall, I'm really happy with this project. Instead of looking up conversions for recipes I want to cut down, I simply open my cabinet and all the info I need is right there, along with my measuring spoons and cups!
This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 102630)
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
Fun Father's Day Gift Ideas You Can Make Yourself
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
15 Kitchen DIY Ideas That Will Come In Handy
16 Ways to Showcase Your Herb Garden
Here's How You Can DIY The Hottest Home Decor Trends of 2018
17 Faux Brick Ideas For Your Home

Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Georgiann Shultz
    Georgiann Shultz
    on Oct 22, 2016

    how do you shut the door with your measuring cups in the way?

    • Darlyne
      on Aug 24, 2020

      I was just on Amazon looking for this stencil, I couldn't find it. What do I look under?

  • Penny-Marie
    on Sep 12, 2018

    This is great. Are there stencils that convert Imperial to Metric? I'm in Canada so the government was stupid enough to change to Metric thinking it would be easier for comparison price which it isn't.

    • Gigggg
      on Dec 13, 2018

      I live in Canada too. In 1968 I went into Nursing School. Hospitals all used metric, 50 years ago. It is time for everyone in Canada to graduate into the 'new' metric system which is so much easier than the Imperial system. A quick look at the photo would appear that the measurements were written in not stenciled My recipes still use Imperial but if you need to convert use Google once and then it is done.

Join the conversation

2 of 75 comments
  • Julie Hahn
    Julie Hahn
    on Sep 13, 2018

    I have use hat racks in a very similar manner. I have them one on the side of my pantry wall and I hang pots/pans and their lids from one and I use plate hangers on the other side to hang my mixing spoons/spatulas/ladels. As you can see, I also hang my onions/garlic/potatoes.

  • Debra McMenamin
    Debra McMenamin
    on Sep 19, 2018

    A very neat idea.

Your comment...