Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Repurposed Cabinet Doors

Hello Tuesday!  First off I need to say a great big thank you for all of your sweet comments yesterday on my potting bench and summer list post!  Really, you know how to make a girl feel all kinds of special!  :)   Second - Ahhhhh- I can't wait for The Voice tonight!!!!   Who's with me?!  Who's your favorite?  I'm on Team Blake!!!!!

Ok, so before I talk your ear off about my love for The Voice let me give you the deets on the ol' repurposing of the kitchen cabinet doors from yesterday's post.  I think it's sort of self-explanatory, but sometimes it's nice to break-it-down ya know?!

We took the cabinet doors off here to make room for a made-to-look-like-it's-built-in-microwave.

repurposed cabinet doors

More on that later.  Once the doors were off I knew I wanted to use them in some way.  These doors have a raised panel on the front side.  They are a honey oak wood that the previous owners painted white.

repurposed cabinet doors

When you turn them over to the other side there are recessed panels.  The wheels started turning.  I thought the recessed panels would be perfect to use as a chalkboards, and so an idea was born.  These kinds of doors are easy to find at your local ReStore in case you want to make some of your own but don't want to tear up your kitchen.  :)

repurposing old cabinet doors

I filled the holes where the hinges were with this stuff.

wood filler

Then when it was dry I sanded the doors and dry brushed them with Valspar's Basin Blue color matched to an exterior latex paint by Coronado.  It's the same color as my front door.  Then I sanded again using a fine grit sandpaper and painted a little of this color in spots.

outdoor craft paint

Then in the recessed panels I used a foam brush and chalkboard paint.  I painted 2 coats.  Then I let them dry overnight.

repurposed cabinet doors into chalkboard shutters

I think your supposed to wait like three days before you prep your chalkboard surface to allow the paint to cure or blah blah blah.  Clearly patience is not my middle name.  Whatevs.  I used the side of a piece of chalk and rubbed all over the surface and then erased.  Then I used a chalkboard pen emphasis on pen, they are the bomb - yeah I just went there with it, to write down our summer list.

chalkboard shutters

Easy breezy.  I love this project!  These cabinet doors would have been destined for my local ReStore or Goodwill but I gave them new life!

You want to know why I'm so crazy about the chalkboard pens?!  Apart from the fact that they write so smoothly, the chalk pen ink doesn't smear when it gets wet.

It will erase if you wet a paper towel and wipe them down.  However, if they just get sprinkled with water your list won't smear off!  I told you - the bomb!

Have you done any great projects with old cabinet doors?  Anyone else head over heels in love with chalkboard pens?  Oh my gosh are you as excited as I am for The Voice?  My DVR is set!

Take a look here at all the lists we've made on these chalkboard shutters!

And to see how our kitchen renovation turned out check here


  1. Ohmygosh. So clever! Love this pen. It's so cute! I want to paint something in chalkboard paint real bad now!

  2. I like when you break it down to basics and show us how you got from here to there. Now of course I've caught the chalkboard paint bug and imagining something for our patio as well - and the great thing about it is everyone in the family can enjoy it too. And I loved what I have seen of The Voice - I'm going to try to catch it tonight.

  3. Where can you get the chalkboard pens? I made a chalkboard for our kitchen but don't use it as much as I would like because regular chalk just doesn't cut it!!!

  4. What a great idea! I love chalkboards - I've had one hung on the side panel of my refrigerator and it just adds a bit of personality to the space. I've never heard of chalk pens! thanks for the heads up :)

  5. I am LOVING these doors! Such a cute idea. Looking around at where I can snag some doors from my house. Oh, and did you find white pens or was it a set with all those other colors in it too?

  6. This is such a cute idea!! Love the blue color you chose & all of the things on your summer "to-do" list! Love the chalkboard pens too! :)

  7. awesome!!! so I know I already invited you to the party on Kammy's Korner, but I've just learned how to make my own chalkboard paint and have been going to town with it - would you be so kind as to also share this post on Trash to Treasure Tuesdays?? You are so full of creativity!! :)I think I need to pin this too. :) http://kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2011/10/trash-to-treasure-tuesday-link-party-1.html

  8. Shape, color, design every thing is just perfect. Love it.

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