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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  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!

    1. (Post author)

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

  2. Teresa

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

    1. (Post author)

      Thank you!

  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.

    1. (Post author)

      Thank you!

  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 : )

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