Why is it the kitchen is the room least likely to have a pen and paper? It seems each time I need to write something down, there’s never a sheet of paper handy and if there is, I write what I need on that little slip of paper that always lands in the trash during kitchen cleanup.
What is it I need to write?
- When we run out of something; ya know, flour, milk, bread…
- An idea for a blog post
- Something I want to try after watching Fixer Upper (that show is such great inspiration)!
- Someone I need to call
- And anything else that pops into my head at the time!
After being unprepared and having to make a trip to the grocery store and not getting what I needed so another trip was necessary, I said no more. I looked around the kitchen trying to figure out the easiest way to do this and I said, “I’m going to get a chalkboard.” As I looked around the kitchen, I said, “I don’t have anywhere to hang a chalkboard.” I have no open wall in my kitchen; it’s so frustrating, but that’s a post for another time! I looked at the wall and I thought the door!
When I told E about my wonderful idea he thought I was crazy (this is a usual reaction when I come to him about some project I’ve decided I’m going to tackle). After he thought about it for a minute he thought it was a good idea; he usually comes around!
There weren’t many supplies to buy because many of them I had in my DIY supply stash from previous projects.
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DIY CHALKBOARD PANTRY DOOR
Materials needed for a chalkboard pantry door:
- Painters tape
- Chalkboard paint
- Gorilla wood glue
- Paint roller
- Paint sponges
- Measuring tape
- ArtMinds decor paint in pewter
- ArtMinds metallic paint in silver
- Dremel Rotary Tool
- Cleaning cloths
- Wood molding
- Wood flowerS
Steps to make your chalkboard pantry door:
Step #1: Measure. Because my door has beveled panels, I needed to measure not only the width of the panel but also past the bevel to accommodate for having to cut the wood molding at an angle so the pieces will meet at the corners.
Step #2: Use the painter’s tape to protect the areas you don’t want to paint.
Step #3: With the sandpaper, sand the door panel down until it’s smooth. I used 220 grit and 100 grit sandpaper.
Step #4: Time to paint! With chalkboard paint, you don’t want to do a lot of brushing. I originally applied the paint with a paintbrush, but there were too many streaks so I moved to the paint roller, which worked better. It takes a few hours to dry and I actually let it dry overnight between coats to make sure the paint is thoroughly dry.
Step #5: Remember in step #1 I mentioned my door panels are beveled? Well, it’s time to cut the molding. I love ANY excuse to use my Dremel! So far it’s my favorite tool that I have. On my wish list is a jigsaw – I plan on making that the only thing I put on my Christmas list this year.
Take the molding and use a pen to mark where it should be cut. Safety note: It is possible that pieces of the molding may fly while cutting. Make sure you have on work gloves AND safety goggles before you start cutting anything! I speak from experience!
Once the molding is marked, it’s time to cut.
When the paint is dry, check to make sure the molding will fit in the grooves of the door and the edges of each side meet together. If not, cut more of the molding until it fits. Cut a little at a time to make sure more isn’t accidentally cut off than what’s needed.
Step #6: Glue the back of a top and bottom piece of the molding. Glue the other pieces and trim as needed.
Gorilla glue is a super strong glue. I love using it for my projects. It’s strong and tough!
I use painters tape to keep the molding in place until the pieces dry. The tape works great because I don’t have to worry about the paint coming off the door. Add glue between the edge of the panel and the molding so there is a thin line of glue going down all sides. Don’t worry, it’ll dry clear. Take a thin small paintbrush and if needed touch up the paint where needed.
Step #7: When I saw these wooden flowers at Michaels, I knew they’d be a great addition to my chalkboard door on the 4 corners.
Using the metallic paint, I painted the flowers gray, the color of the walls. At the last minute decided to paint the molding gray.
Thank goodness for working tables. Painting can get so messy at times!
Step #8: Apply the glue to the back of the flowers and place one on each corner. Place painters tape on the flowers to make sure they stay in place while drying just as with the molding pieces.
Once the glue is dry, remove and you’re ready to write on your chalkboard! No more lost ideas and forgetting food you run out of or any idea that pops in your head while your cooking!
This helps so much! I even get in a little drawing time!
How have you organized your kitchen to make things easier for you?