Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cabinet Door to Chalkboard

Project difficulty level: CBE {couldn't Be Easier}



As a flea market vendor, I have seen many picture frame chalkboards. I think this is a very good upcycle use of vintage frames.

But, I always like to come up with something a bit different.




This spring I found a huge pile of discarded cabinet doors...very nice, already painted white and antique glazed!

I didn't know what I was going to do with them, but home they came...waiting for inspiration to hit.




A couple of days ago I bought my first can of blackboard paint and went to work on one of my stash. The knob was already gone, but I took off the hinges. I taped off everything except the raised center panel. I sprayed that with two thin coats of blackboard paint letting it dry in between each coat.

Tip: Tape off tightly because the blackboard paint can get through tiny gaps onto your outside frame. I know from experience.

Then per the paint directions, I broke-in the blackboard surface by rubbing it with the side of chalk, and wiping it off.




That still left me with the hole where the cabinet door handle had been. I thought about putting hooks along the bottom.

Then, I thought about lining the bottom edge with buttons (In fact, I had already glued one on) when I looked around my studio and spied a jar of dominoes. That was it!!! I love the dominoes color with the white paint of the cabinet doors.




Then all that was left to do was to add a hanger on the back. Or I could have used an easel for displaying it like the picture below..





I like to say, "Keep it simple, sister." Use what you have, make something from nothing, and have fun with your stuff!!

85 comments:

  1. Another clever blogger !! What a great job. I came across you at Being Ruby. Will be visiting often. XXXX

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  2. Fab chalk bord, am now on the search for an old door!!! Loved your tutorial.
    Sophie xxx

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  3. Joan...love it! I have yet to try the chalkboard paint, but it looks like great fun! Love how your's turned out and such a great re-use for the cabinet doors! Happy Met Monday! Susan

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  4. This is such a wonderful idea!! I just love old items can be repurposed for new ones. Thanks for sharing, Nicole

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  5. Now you're the most creative one! I love this! I haven't blackboarded anything yet, but I must try it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :0

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  6. This is absolutely wonderfully creative! TY for sharing. I'd NEVER have thought of this. Pop over for a visit. TTFN ~Marydon

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  7. Great transformation!
    I never tried a blackboard YET... I think I may become addicted!

    Love your blog too!

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  8. Hi Joan,
    What a fantastic idea! I especially love the way you added the dominoes as a finishing touch -- sets the project off perfectly.

    Congratulations on posting a wonderful tutorial. I'll definitely be checking back to see what you'll show us next!

    Best regards,
    Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements

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  9. Stopping by to see what you are sharing with us and think the chalkboard art is great!
    I want to try this in the near future.
    Blessings to you,
    ~D~

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  10. So, so clever! I could have used this during my Bunco days!

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  11. I like this clever treatment a lot! Using the cabinet door makes the chalkboard a little more substantial in its presence. Love the way that you added those dominoes.... hugs,Sue

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  12. What a super idea. I love it. Adding the game pieces is also such an ingenius idea. Great door too. Hugs, Marty

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  13. Hello Joan - what a fabulous transformation! I have been in love with chalkboards lately. I will be on the look-out for an old cabinet!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  14. That is great and it isn't like you are permanently changing your regular cabinets. Super idea.

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  15. Cute idea - I really like the dominos on there.
    Glenda

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  16. Hi Joan. Love what you did with the cabinet door. The knobs are great too.

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  17. I like the idea of using a cabinet door! So much easier than using a frame. Love how you finished it off with the dominoes!

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  18. Joan, that is just so cute. I saw someone else do something like that with old cabinet doors too. Love the color yours was to begin with & I really love the dominoes. Cute, cute! I think I'm gonna have to do my first chalkboard too, I haven't done one yet.

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  19. The little dominos are a cute idea. Thanks for sharing.
    Joyce

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  20. I love your board, esspecially the domino touches. I am currently into transforming the silver platters into chalkboards. I think your board is beautiful.

    Have a great week.

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  21. The dominoes were a great idea. congrats on this project!

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  22. You did a great job. My kitchen cabinets are like the doors you found. The old door from my kitchen to my laundry room had a cat door in it. I took a panel covered the center of the door and painted it with chalk board paint. The outer frame is the cabinet color. I couldn't believe what a difference it made. Isn't chalkboard paint great?

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  23. Wow your have a great mind. I have seen the doors done,but the domino's make it special.

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  24. You are so clever!!! it was right there but WE didn't think of it. I know I must have some old doors somewhere. The dominoes are perfect too.
    Hey, and you did a Black and White Sunday.....your way!!!
    Hope you had fun at the beach yesterday

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  25. Oh I love it. How creative you were. Thanks for sharing. I have been wanting to do a chalkboard. This might work for my project!
    Have a Blessed week.
    Sherry

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  26. You are so creative!! This is so cute.
    Rhonda

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  27. Love that re-do ! Perfect antique glazed white - those doors are so expensive !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  28. Love this! Great "game" twist! I might be able to do this!

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  29. I love this idea ... very creative!

    Jane

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  30. Love it! I especially love the domino pieces on the bottom. What a great idea you had. I will be on the look out for old cabinet doors.

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  31. Way cute and the dominoes are perfect! Great job!

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  32. What a cute idea and I love love love your painting on this and how you antiqued it! I wish my painting turned out this good! Thanks for Sharing!

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  33. So Cute!!! The domino idea was perfect!

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  34. Great job! I just recently made one from an old window. Yours is awesome! Love it for game night! :)

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  35. I bet as a vendor you get to see wonderful finds I love the raised panel and the dominoes add an unexpected touch! Love your motto!

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  36. Great result and I just love the dominoes. Thanks so much for dropping by Beach Vintage and leaving a comment.

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  37. Joan this is so clever and beautiful! :)

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  38. Oh my goodness! I didn't know that chalkboard paint came in a spray can! You have inspired me to try my hand at one of these! Very nice job!

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  39. Joan, this is so clever. I'll make a mental note of this one!

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  40. What a fabulous idea! I definitely need to try out that chalkboard paint soon. Thanks for sharing this!

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  41. What a clever idea. I've added chalkboard paint to my must buy list! I have some frames that I want to transform into pretty chalkboards.

    Love the dominos! Great whimsical touch!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Tina

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  42. super cute. love the addition of the dominos :)

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  43. I love that idea! Hope to be able to do something like that soon. My eyes are now on the lookout for some cabinet doors. ;-)

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  44. How cute! I've got some chalkboard cabinet doors in the making and am waiting to decide how to finish them off with some designs! Your dominoes are way cute!

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  45. This is adorable, and I have two cabinet doors in the garage, thanks for the inspiration!! What fun, and love the level of difficulty rating. very cute!
    ♥ Teresa

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  46. That is really really cute!

    I have several things that I want to put chalkboard paint on and so it's been on my HObby Lobby shopping list for a couple months now. I can't believe it's been that long since I've been there!

    But I digress. I really like the cabinet door. And the dominoes totally pull it together.

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  47. I just love your obvious ingenuity! I especially like the extra touch of the dominoes. My carpenter says it's the little touches that make something special. And I've come to agree with him!
    Brenda

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  48. This is great! I am still a chalkboard paint virgin" and this might be a great project to start with! Beautiful photos! And I like the idea of your blog! I hope you have a fabulous week!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  49. Really cute. One of a kind piece now, except some of us might copy you (hehehe). It is just so cute.
    Thanks for sharing! Karen

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  50. Very clever. I do like to chalkboard a thing or two, but not as well as you do! Lovely idea. Julie

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  51. Love it .. the addition of the dominos are perfect!

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  52. Hello. Just checking out new blogs and I really like yours. Feel free to come check out mine if you'd like.

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  53. Wow, this is terrific. I love it! I've been wanting to try chalk board paint, but wasn't sure if the spray was as good as the brush on kind. Looks like it its. Great JOB!
    Debra

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  54. That's so much nicer than my Office Depot chalkboard ;-) I must scrounge around the garage & find an old cabinet door.

    I'm honored to be on your summer reads list, right there among some of my own favs. I'm in excellent company, thank you!

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  55. What a great idea!!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and your kind comment! So nice to meet you! :-)

    Kim

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  56. Very clever! I made a chalkboard out of an old silver tray, but I love this even better!

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  57. The dominos give it an extra special touch. Jackie

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  58. Love the makeover. The dominoes are a perfect addition.

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  59. You asked about the temp at Eastbrook. It is indoors, and it would get warm, but they had lots of fans placed around. I would love to blame my forgetting those things on the heat, but nope...just all me!!!
    Rhonda

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  60. Great project...and so useful too!

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  61. Domino's are a cute and different touch.

    thanks for the idea.
    blessings,
    Barbara jean

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  62. What a great idea! I need to make a chalkboard. I see them all over blog land. lol
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  63. You have a TON of comments on this already, but I have to put in my "2 cents"!! What a clever and cool reuse of a discard cabinet door!! I've seen lots of stuff done with the chalkboard paint, but this, especially with the dominoes, is tops! Simple, but very cool! *elaine*

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  64. That is just too cute! You know I love me some chalkboards!

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  65. That is as clever as can be! I love this SO much, and the dominoes are the perfect accessory to finish it off to a "t". Great job!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  66. Great idea, this is a very fun project. . .Cleverness must run through your veins, girl. Have a nice day!

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  67. Love the dominoes! very clever. Stopping by from Trash To Treasure.
    :)

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  68. great idea, I just love it. What a great use for old cabinet doors.

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  69. AH! Who would throw those beautiful cabinets out????? lol. Your gain their TOTAL loss!

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  70. Love the way it turned out! I have a cabinet door that has been waiting for this treatment too! :o) Great minds think alike huh? lol!

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  71. Love the dominoes! Great project! Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello. To answer your question re: a trick for taping off curvy edges: I just use the tiniest paintbrush that I can find (an artist's brush) and do the edges by hand. I personally find painter's tape to be pretty unreliable.

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  72. Hey Girlie,
    I think we may have many crazy siblings! As we were visiting this morning, Robin is the one who made the comment, I instantly thought of you! The girls went hiking, ah, not for me... Give me an old barn to dig through, and I'm READY!
    'til next time,
    Barb C.

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  73. love this idea! i'm going to give chalkboard paint a try on some vintage windows. i recently did a project with an old cabinet door it may be on my blog if it's not it's linked there to flickr.
    thanks for sharing
    marie

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  74. That's too cute! Great job. I loved the dominoes at the bottom, just the right touch!

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  75. don't you just love chalk board paint???

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  76. sooo niiiiice, sooo creative :D

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  77. You are so right - lots of chalkboard ideas out there. Love this idea and how lucky are you to get those cabinet doors with that finish? Clever idea with the dominoes!

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