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How to Make a Chalkboard From a Cupboard Door

Chalkboards are all the rage these days, aren't they!

Easy DIY Chalkboard From an Old Cupboard Door




It seems that people are painting everything with chalkboard paint - walls, decorative accessories, even furniture! I've seen chalkboard benches, chalkboard chairs even chalkboard tabletops!

What's not to love right? Chalkboards are FUN! They let you speak your mind, share a thought....and then erase it when you want to start over!! Everyone can be an artist when they have a chalkboard to play with!

This project started with an old cupboard door that I found at the Habitat ReStore. I think I paid $1.50 for it.

I taped off the center panel and painted the outside edges in a creamy white with two coats of my homemade chalk paint recipe. Then I sanded to smooth and lightly distress.




Once it had dried fully, I taped around the edges of the center panel and painted it in a homemade mixture of black chalkboard paint.  I did three coats because I wanted it really black.

I let that dry completely before seasoning it with a piece of chalk (that simply means rubbing the flat end of a piece of chalk across the entire surface - if you don't do this, the first thing you write on your board will be etched there permanently).

I purchased a vintage-style drawer handle, flipped it upside down so that it would hold my chalk, and Mr. Diy drilled it in place for me (he's much more patient with measurements than I am and he got it dead-center!)




I had fun playing with it and drawing on it. I thought this would be great hanging in the kitchen to write notes and a shopping list.  I left the original hinges on it, but I flipped them around so that the door would hang flat against the wall. The holes in them will be perfect for hanging this on the wall somewhere.

Of course Fall inspiration took precedence over a boring shopping list and this is how it looks now.




If you've been following my blog for awhile, you'll remember my great yard sale score that I turned into a chalkboard.  Here it is all decked out for the season.




What about you?

Have you jumped on the "Chalkboard Bandwagon", or do chalkboards conjure up too many memories of school for you??

I'd love to hear from you :)




This project was featured at:
DIY Vintage Chic Friday's Five Features
The Pin Junkie Autumn Decorating Ideas

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24 comments:

  1. Love it! I did my door in my kitchen. :) Found you on the Bloggy Girls Club.

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    1. I've always thought about doing a kitchen cabinet! I'll bet it's really handy. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  2. What a great idea to put a pull handle on the door as a chalk holder!

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    1. Thanks! It's helpful to have the chalk handy, lol.

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  3. I wonder if they have those type of handles at Hobby Lobby. I'll have to look see next time I'm there, hopefully pretty soon. I said HL since they have the awesome knobs for 1/2 off. Gotta like that. Hubs and I did a blackboard with a cabinet door I got at Habitat also. Have a few more doors but been waiting to see what they tell me they want to be. He put a little shelf on bottom for the eraser and chalk. It sure is nice to have a handy (most of the time willing) helping hand. We use it in the mud room so he can let me know when he's outside and I can't find him. That's if he remembers to write it down for me. Love your blackboards and your art on yours is pretty darned good. I'm not sure what anybody would say about mine, we'll see.
    Love your blog. Happy days

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    1. Haha, I'm sure your art is great too! It is fun to practice...and if I don't like it, I just erase and try again! Thanks so much for your sweet comments. I found my handle at Home Depot but I know I've seen them at HL too (and they are always on sale)!

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  4. Creative and fun to use! Thanks for sharing at Tickled Pink Times Two. Love your taste.

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  5. How clever! I especially like the handle used as the chalk holder.

    Have a great week!
    Amy
    www.homesweetthriftyhome.com

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    1. Thank you Amy, I can't take full credit for it though...saw it on Pinterest :)

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  6. Looks great! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/diyers-32-and-marathon-weekend.html

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  7. Super cute! I love stuff made from doors, they make the nicest pieces of boards for projects. Your pumpkins are great!

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    1. Thanks Abby, I agree...doors are already nice and smooth...no sanding required :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. It's so pretty! I love how the handle became a holder for the chalk-- so clever! Thanks for linking up at Get Your DIY On! Hope to see you back with your thrifty Halloween projects on Sunday at 7 pm EST! Enjoy your weekend!

    ~Abby =)

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  9. Sorry for the delay in notifying you but Congrats! You were featured on Friday’s Five Features over on DIY Vintage Chic. Stop by and grab yourself a button! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/10/dont-forget-to-stop-by-and-like-my.html

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    1. Oh, thanks so much for the feature :) Just grabbed the button!

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  10. This looks great. I've done a number of chalkboard projects myself, it's so fun to work with. Love how you turned a handle into a chalk holder.

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    1. Thank you for the kind comment Sarah. Chalkboards are great, aren't they...I just love the versatility they offer :)

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  11. I <3 the chalkboards and your beautiful harvest design! Pinned:) New follow to your page and social media:) Swing by I posted "DIY IKEA pumpkin pillow" and "gluten free is not a fad" to this week's parties:)

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    1. Thanks soo much Michele :) I checked out your pillow and it is so cute!!

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  12. This is a great chalkboard project! Thanks for sharing this at The Pin Junkie Link Party! It was featured in a collection of fall decorating ideas. http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2013/11/fall-decorating-roundup.html. Make sure to link up your fall recipes at Friday's party!

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