DIY Chalkboard Door

Taking on a painting project just before the holidays is probably not a good idea BUT I did.  And getting into the chalkboard scene has gone out the backdoor and no longer the hot thing in up to date decorating BUT I did it anyway.  :)    I have had a small chalkboard hanging on the pantry door for a long time but have been itching to paint the entire pantry door.  For a great place to leave "honey do" notes, grocery list, I love you's, menus.....just a whole lot of things, plus a great place for the grand kids to draw when they visit.  

Supplies needed are painter's tape to tape of the edges of the door,  drop cloth for the floor, can of chalkboard paint ( I used Rustoleum Brand), small,  short nap paint roller,  paint brush and rags.
Remove any door hardware, tape up edges of door, put drop cloth on floor and start painting.  I must admit I was nervous about painting the entire door black, but I have black counter tops and was hoping for the best.  Cut in around the edges of your door with a small paint brush first, then use a short nap small roller to fill in.  

LOL...scary huh?   Don't do what I did.  After painting a few strokes with the roller brush, I realized the nap was too crackly from the last paint job I used it on and I was not liking the finish it was leaving on the door.   So I put it under warm water to give it a good scrub.  I was called away for a few minutes, so I just laid the roller down on some paper towels.  Upon returning to the job I picked up the roller, dunked it in the paint and started rolling.   Oh my....what a mess!!!  I had forgotten to run the roller over a towel to squeeze the remaining water out of it and the water mixed with the chalkboard paint totally ran down the door.   You would have been proud of me.  I didn't panic and thanked the good Lord I had used a drop cloth.  After rinsing the roller again and thoroughly wringing it out this time, I just rolled over the mess and all was well.  :)  Three coats for good coverage and I was finished.  Let dry over night and it was ready to use the next day.

I was worried it would be like a big black hole in the kitchen, but with the view through the door to the dining area right beside it,  it's no worry at all, and I just love it.  Started it off with a little Christmas cheer on it and about to add our Christmas Day menu to it. Family is coming.  :)  
I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving with family and friends. 
 I am grateful for you, my dear, dear readers.
I have been asked to participate in a couple of Holiday Home blog tours and I am so looking forward to it.  .....   starting on Dec. 11th and 12th.  Hope you will join me. 
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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...


Betsy Brock said...

Oh, how fun! I love it!

Your process was most entertaining...lol...but it all turned out in the end! I love using my chalkboard...so many fun things to write on it. I intend to keep mine around a good long time....probably even past the in vogue thing to do.

They do make it in a spray can, too, but you'd have to take the door outside.

Love your reindeer!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Looks great and you will enjoy it. I love mine.
Have a great Thanksgiving.

Junkchiccottage said...

Great job Lynn. Love this.
Happy Thanksgiving. Excited to meet you when you come in this coming week.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I am impressed with your bravery. It surely did pay off. I think I'm always behind on the "trends" either due to lack of time, funds or nerve lol. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Unknown said...

I'm totally pinning this! Great idea!

Pam Kessler said...

That turned out great! Love the deer too. BTW, I got all cocky and started painting my kitchen on Saturday. Ran out of paint and now two days before Thanksgiving it is still not finished. I really need to get it done today or tomorrow so it doesn't smell like paint in here for dinner :)

Town and Country Gals said...

your chalk board door turned out perfectly, even with the "little" set back! Love the deer!
Happy Thanksgiving!
PS. looking forward to the Xmas tour!

Laurel Stephens said...

Your chalk board door looks amazing. You'll have so much fun with it!

Curtains in My Tree said...


Love the door I did that in my studio because it was the only solid door I had

White Lace and Promises said...

I love the chalkboard door. I have a door outside that needs to go somewhere. I just can't bring myself to discard it. You have given me a great idea. This is something I will have to do. I've found that painting with chalkboard paint is not an easy task even on small pieces. Will try once more.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Love love love your chalkboard door!! What fun you're gonna have with it!

Blessings, Edie Marie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wait a minute...No one told me that chalkboards where now "out" I love yours...You are so brave, but it is so perfect!


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