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DIY Bistro Sign From Repurposed Cabinet Doors

I love finding ways to bring new life to old things. I had these cabinet doors in my garage for quite some time so I decided to get crafty and turn them into a chalkboard bistro sign! I love how it turned out and it is now on my front porch where I change up the words on it to fit each season.
First, I took some metal hinges and attached them to the top insides of the cabinet doors. When drilling in your screws it is always helpful to first drill a few pilot holes, and then drive in your screws. This makes the screws go in easier and straighter.
With the hinges on, I gathered up my paint supplies. I used some rough sandpaper to lightly sand down the area where I would apply my chalkboard paint. After the area was sanded, I wiped it down with a damp cloth to clean the surface.
Next, I applied the painters tape all around the edges to ensure the paint would only be where I wanted it! I then brushed on a coat of chalkboard paint and let it dry before adding a second coat.
After the chalkboard paint was dry, all that was left was to write on it! I looked for some clever quotes online and came across this one that made me laugh. It's not bragging if its true, right?
This project was so simple and easy and really only took me an afternoon! Im sure you could make a similar sign using any type of wood planks that are the same size.
The chalkboard on my front porch just adds a warming touch for guests coming to visit. It's also fun to decorate and change up the sayings for the seasons!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Cabinet Doors
  • Valspar Chalkboard Paint
  • Metal Hinges with Screws
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  • Lori Verni-Fogarsi
    Lori Verni-Fogarsi
    on Oct 3, 2016

    Very pretty!

  • Kelleysgirl
    Kelleysgirl Friendswood, TX
    on Oct 5, 2016

    Love this idea! Think I will steal it 😊

    • Marie Heiderscheit
      Marie Heiderscheit Oklahoma City, OK
      on Oct 7, 2016

      Please do! It's so fun to have a chalkboard sign on your front porch!

  • Virginia R
    Virginia R Jamestown, NY
    on Oct 5, 2016

    This would be a great way to advertise a yard sale. I would add some kind of strap so the two panels would stand on their own. (Like you see outside some cafes/restaurants)

  • Judy
    Judy San Diego, CA
    on Oct 6, 2016

    Great and clever idea. You could even add some twinkle lights

    • Marie Heiderscheit
      Marie Heiderscheit Oklahoma City, OK
      on Oct 7, 2016

      That would be pretty! Some lights and a Christmas saying for the holidays, perhaps?

  • Susan Bechamp
    Susan Bechamp West Branch, MI
    on Oct 8, 2016

    Clamp on light to illuminate your message. "Pool party is in back. Walk around to gate". Or good way to re-direct family/friends . "Entry being painted, use back door".

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