from splinter to… Splendid

Cabinet Door to Chalkboard

Chalkboard B&A

I found this cabinet door several months ago in our basement. Not that my basement is that messy but, there is a corner that is just reusable supplies such as our window screens, etc. I pulled out the cabinet door with no clue what I would do with it. Then, every time I saw it sitting in my “to do” project pile in the garage I would think, that’s going to be a sign. Most of the plans for my projects change as I start working on them and this one was no different.

I first painted the door frame with red chalky paint that I mixed myself. (For the recipe, see this post Mantel Clock Makeover) I planned to paint the center panel gray and add a cute saying to make the sign but this is when I decided it would make a great chalkboard. So, I put up the gray paint and pulled out the chalkboard paint. I painted the center panel with 2 coats of chalkboard paint. Then, I let it sit there for a couple of months. Every time I looked at it I could not decide whether to paint the slope section red or chalkboard. I really didn’t love either. Then, on one of my Hobby Lobby shopping trips I walked by the fabric trims section and saw this jute trim and knew that my chalkboard needed some. I bought it and it sat in my garage for another month until I finally decided to finish it yesterday.

Yesterday I had to touch up a few chipped spots from it sitting in the garage all this time. Then, I sanded the edges and corners to distress it a little. I cleaned off all the dust and added a coat of Valspar Clear Sealing Wax. If you have never used this, try it. It is easy to apply for indoor projects. I was going to glue it but wasn’t sure the corners would stay. Luckily, before I started gluing I remembered I had these upholstery tacks. So, I tacked it down using my center find ruler (very handy). I then “seasoned” the chalkboard paint, added a hanger and it is done. To “season” chalkboard paint you rub the entire chalkboard with a piece of chalk laid flat, wipe clean and repeat rubbing in other direction. Now it is ready to hang and use.

Instead of it being a permanent sign, I can now change the wording any time I want. And now this old cabinet door is SPLENDID!

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8 Comments

  1. Sherry

    Great idea! I love it. I wrote a post last week about my plans for a chalkboard. I came over from Talk of the Town I linked too I hope you can come over and visit. I’m signed up for your emails!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you and thanks for signing up to receive my emails. I am excited to read your blog.
      Mandy

      Reply
  2. Teresa

    Very cute and creative idea. I love the color you chose and the burlap trim just sets it off!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you!
      Mandy

      Reply
  3. Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage

    Your cabinet door chalkboard turned out great Mandy! Love the addition of the burlap. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

    Reply
    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you!
      Mandy

      Reply
  4. Ashleigh

    Thanks for sharing on Peace, Love, Linkup! The next party goes live tomorrow at 6. I hope you stop by and share more great content : )

    Reply
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