We’ve been trying for months to make a usable surface out of the refrigerator doors.

No magnets makes it look sad.

We thought we’d paint the back side of the wooden door panels with magnetic paint, but when we removed the panels, we learned that the wood used is the bottom of the barrel — literally. It’s anything but smooth and on our bottom panel, it looked like Airstream had cobbled a few random pieces together.

Then we thought we’d just get a new piece of wood cut thin enough to slide back in place and paint those with magnetic paint. No deal — we went to several lumber places in Texas and were told they didn’t cut wood that thin.

Then last week I had an a-ha moment! Chalkboard vinyl!!

This is what I wanted.

After a few searches, I found H & H Sign Supply online and they sell rolls of vinyl by the foot in lengths of either 12″ or 24″. Our refrigerator space is exactly 4 ft tall and 24″ wide, so 4 ft cost about $11 (shipping is almost as much as the vinyl itself, but everything came in under $20).

It comes in one big roll, so we just measured out the length we needed for each panel (there was none to spare), peeled off the backing and attached it to the panels. On our upper panel, which was really smooth on the back (non-silver side) we attached it with no problems at all. On the bottom panel, the back side was a mess, so we attached it to the silver side, and maybe because of the silver coating, it was a bit harder. We experienced a lot of air bubbles and had to constantly put on/take off the vinyl to smooth out the bubbles. You can see there might still be a few which I’ll work out later….

Overall, pretty smooth!!

Overall, I’m completely psyched about this — it might be my best idea yet (curtsy).  P.S. It’s really hard to find plain old chalk….