Turn a Salvaged Cupboard Door Into a Vintage Chalkboard

4 Materials
1 Hour
Turn an old kitchen cupboard door into a vintage chalkboard with just a little paint! Use these farmhouse chalkboards to decorate any space with an inspirational saying, your shopping list or notes to your family.
I found this old door at a local salvage store and it was the perfect size to make a kitchen chalkboard.   It fit the bill of being a door so I grabbed it up with this project in mind.  

I began by removing all of the hardware.   
Then filled the holes with a quick drying hole filler.
This frame got two coats of Homestead House Milk Paint in Laurentien.  I have always been a blue lover and this shade is about as perfect as it gets! 
Once the outside of the door and back was painted, I gave the inside three coats of Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint in Black.
The Rustoleum Chalkboard paint needs to cure for 3 days before you can write on it.  Once it is fully cured, I rubbed a piece of chalk all over it to season it.  Seasoning it will prevent the chalk from leaving permanent marks when you write.  (You can see this process here are well...)
A little sanding to distress the paint and my new kitchen chalkboard was ready for use! 

I also did a little update to this project and wanted to show you how easy it is to make a vintage looking chalkboard as well. The one on the right is with the Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint and the one on the left is a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to make the vintage green color. (2 parts Artissimo and 3 parts Boxwood)
I love the look of all three chalkboards and they were so easy to make! The reclaimed doors make each chalkboard unique and one-of-a-kind.

To see pictures for this project and other farmhouse projects, pop over to the original post on the Recreated Designs blog...
Suggested materials:
  • Salvaged Cupboard Door   (ReUse store)
  • Paint   (Local Stockist)
  • Chalkboard Paint (black boards)   (Home Depot)
See all materials
Recreated Designs
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
Join the conversation