A repurposed cabinet door and chalk paint

24 Sep

This weekend I tried out a new type of paint on a project I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. All you Pinterest fanatics out there have probably seen a lot of those trays made from picture frames or small cabinet doors. Well, last winter, my parents decided to get new cabinets and the cabinets that I’d known my whole life, that had been primed and repainted and that had been gone through the wear and tear of six people and six dogs over the years were coming down. I asked my dad to save a small cabinet door for me, because I wanted to find a way to repurpose it and have a piece of my childhood home for years to come.

photo 2 (3)Ok, so I still need to work on my penmanship with chalk, but that may take some time. For now, here’s what I did to make our chalkboard tray.

I removed the old handle and door hinges from the door and sanded the whole thing down a bit. I didn’t worry about getting all the paint off because it is already such a light color and I knew the primer would just be an additional layer to help the paint stick. After that, I marked the holes on the opposite side of the door to place another, matching handle. The ones I used are standard 3″ handles I found at Home Depot.

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Next, I drilled the holes and tested the handles to make sure they were even and fit with the screws in place. Afterward, I primed the door with Krylon spray primer and let it dry for several hours. Then, I taped off the center section of the door and covered the outer edge with recycled pair we had on hand. It’s not pretty, but it did the job.

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I used Rustoleum’s Chalk Board spray paint and painted the center with three coats. By the way, the little attachable trigger is worth the few dollars if you like Rustoleum paint. It keeps your hands clean and the coats are very even.

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I let it dry for about a half hour and checked it to see if it needed another coat. All looked good, so I removed the tape from the door. {It’s always good to remove the tape when the paint is still a bit wet.}

After a few more hours, I painted the rest of the door with Martha Stewart’s Metallic Paint in Thundercloud. This stuff is great. It’s fast drying and water based, so you don’t have to worry too much if you’re a bit of a klutz. πŸ˜‰

Then, once everything was dry, I seasoned the chalk board with a piece of chalk by rubbing it all over the chalkboard area of the tray. {This is a really important step when using chalkboard paint. If you don’t do it, your board will not fully erase after your first word or artwork and it will have a permanent faded mark from whatever you drew/wrote.}

photo (2)I liked the word “Thankful” for this time of year. For the winter, I think I’ll add something like “Let is Snow” with some snowflakes, but I’ll have to work on my chalk drawing/writing skills. πŸ™‚ I still need to add some felt to the bottom so that we can use the tray without scratching our table, but I like its decorative purpose for now.

Have you ever made a tray from a frame or old door? What other uses have you seen or made for old cabinet doors?


Posted by on September 24, 2013 in DIY, Interior Design


2 responses to “A repurposed cabinet door and chalk paint

  1. Mary

    September 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Love. Very cool!


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