Make Your Own Chalkboard

Out of Something You Most Likely Already Have

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There are so many posts and articles to read, and TV programs to watch, all about renovating your kitchen that there's a good chance this project is something you have in your future plans.

Make Your Own Chalkboard out of something you probably have already - old cupboard doors...

Maybe you've already taken the plunge and replaced kitchen cabinets, added an island, and put in all granite counter tops.  If this is you, congratulations!  You'll be enjoying your brand new space. 

But what about the old stuff you removed? 

If it's still in good shape you can pass it along to your local Habitat For Humanity Restore, but if it's old and outdated, like many kitchen cabinets, especially the doors, here's a way to reuse them for something very cool and unique.

Chalkboard Paint comes in black most often, but other colors too...

I'm talking about using the doors for making into chalkboards. 

The outer frame of most kitchen cabinets forms a frame around a center panel, which can be easily painted with chalkpaint that comes from the dollar store or hardware store.  I've used a couple of different kinds, but they're all similar. 

If you can't find it locally, here's a choice from Amazon; Rust-Oleum 206540 Chalkboard Brush-On, Black, 30-Ounce.

Make sure you get water based - it will say water clean up or something similar.
Wiggly twigs, roots or driftwood make great handles

It's important not to get into perfectionist mode while painting it on; outline the frame part, but then turn the brush in different crosshatching directions to get good coverage.

Two coats will most likely be necessary, but let it dry completely in between.  Sand with fine sandpaper in between. 

Once the second coat is dry, rub chalk on it to cover it completely, then wipe it down with a damp lint free rag to season it.  This makes it easier to remove the chalk when you need to.

I like to add a wiggly twig as a handle, or a piece of driftwood. 

Let nature be your guide; sometimes you're storing some perfect pieces of roots for a project, and this could be a good place to showcase them.

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