DIY Chalkboard Cabinet Door Before & After


I love some good before and after action! Who doesn’t? In this post I showed the old cabinet door that I turned into a chalkboard sign. I seriously had idea after idea on what to do with it. So I thought I’d give ya a little background on where it came from and how it all started.

Even though I had not settled on the reincarnated state of this said salvaged piece, I knew it had to be cleaned, sanded, and primed. All those boring, but necessary steps that come with the territory of re-purposing. I found the door in my Grandfather’s garage. I’ve mentioned before that he held on to ev-er-y-th-ing here.  I was told that this door was taken out of an old house that I grew up in until I was eight or nine. Originally, it was a door to a built in ironing board cabinet. Not needing the ironing board or the cabinet, the door was removed and the space was used as a cubby.

And as promised…the before.

before cabinet door

No sanding, scraping, cleaning at all. I knew that most likely she was dressed in a dreadful lead-filled paint. So I took all the proper precautionary steps. I scraped all that I could and wiped it clean with a bleach/water mixture and let out to dry for a couple of weeks. I was a little more worried of bugs or mites living within the wood than I was of the lead paint. Once I knew the wood was completely dried I primed with two coats. I didn’t sand any. I liked the crackled texture that was left behind so I just let it be.

Unfortunately, I do not have any pics of the in-between process. Not a whole lot to see really. After priming I painted the inset of the door with chalkboard paint. I really was making this up as I went along… I did two coats of that as well. So if you could imagine the picture above with bright white trim and black on the inside that’s exactly what the in-between’er was.  And that is how it stayed for quite a while. The project was stuck in some sort of project purgatory…

Blah, blah, blah,

Skip, fast-forward.

Til, one day I bought a tester pot of red paint.

And the light bulb was lit.

Pops of red + me = chemistry

I did some chemisty-ing with this cabinet door.



She stands a whopping 70 inches tall and is a narrow 15 1/2 inches wide


cost me zero dollars to make!

A zero-dolla-costin’-pop-of-red!!

(insert happy dance here)

I had the primer and chalkboard paint on hand already. Although, I did just purchase the tester pot of paint right before I painted this, it was intended for another project. So technically I’m still at zero dollars. ( or should that be zero dollar?)

Sorry, getting off task.

How about some side-by-side action!

before cabinet doorfrontdoor2after

I’m liking it a bunch-o-much!! The best part is she is so interchangeable! She could be simple home decor, a message board, a menu board, she could even be a garage sale sign whatever you need her for at the time!!

 Which means…

This story may or may not be finished. 😉

But one thing’s for sure,  she’s out of  ‘project purgatory.’  🙂  Yay!

Now, what are you waiting for?


Do something that has you breakin’ out your happy dance!!

                                                                                         Happy Day!!


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  1. Pingback: DIY Chalkboard Cabinet Door Before & After | twentyphive

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