Panel Door Chalkboard

Panel Door Chalkboard

Learn how Amy Devers transformed old doors into charming chalkboards.


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Wondering what to do with a couple of old doors? Try transforming them into charming chalkboards using chalkboard paint and Amy Devers’ easy instructions.

Materials
3-4 old doors (ideally ones with insets)
180-grit sandpaper
Interior enamel paint with primer included (optional)
Painter’s tape
Chalkboard paint
Sponge paint rollers
Paintbrush
French cleats
Tape measure
Pencil

Instructions

  1. Determine how you want the finished product to look. If you would like the old doors to maintain their vintage look, leave them as is. However, if you’d like to update their look a bit, start by sanding the doors with 180-grit sandpaper. Then, spruce them up with a coat of the interior enamel paint. Allow time for the paint to completely dry
  2. Using painter’s tape, mask off all parts of the door that you do not want to paint with the chalkboard paint
  3. Paint the insets of the door with the chalkboard paint. Allow a few hours for the paint to dry. Apply a second coat of paint and let the entire piece dry
  4. Once the paint has fully dried, remove all of the painters tape
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Tip: For best results, allow the paint to cure for 3 days before using the doors as chalkboards. It is also recommended that you use a clean, damp cloth or sponge to erase the boards, as opposed to a chalkboard eraser, which may leave residual chalk on the boards.

  1. If you choose to hang your doors, use French cleats, which you can purchase at your local hardware store. Measure each cleat and its relation to where you’d want to place the door on the wall. Keep in mind that the cleats should be placed about a 1⁄4 of the way down from the top of each door. Mark off these positions on both the wall and each door using a pencil
  2. Working with one chalkboard door at a time, screw the two back ends of the cleat into place on the wall where you marked the pencil line. Attach the front end of the cleat to the back of the door itself, where you marked the pencil line, by screwing it in. Before continuing, make sure the front and back pieces of the cleat are aligned properly. Hold the door to the wall and slide it into place

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