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DIY Kitchen Chalkboard Pantry Door

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!

Chalkboard pantry 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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Materials needed for a chalkboard pantry door:

  • Sandpaper
  • Painters tape
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Gorilla wood glue
  • Paintbrush
  • 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.

Pantry door

Step #2: Use the painter’s tape to protect the areas you don’t want to paint.

Taped pantry door

Step #3: With the sandpaper, sand the door panel down until it’s smooth.  I used 220 grit and 100 grit sandpaper.

Sand door

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.

Paint door


Full door painted and taped 2

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.

Cur molding with Dremel

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 border

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.

Adding border


Finished paint and taped

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.

Wooden Flowers

Silver Wooden Flowers

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?



  1. Kelly says

    Love this! Very easy to follow tutorial! I wish I had a pantry door, but I think I may do something like this on the wall of my kitchen. Thanks!

  2. Alexandra says

    Now that’s handy. I’m always using scraps of paper to write down what I need for when I go shopping – and who knows where those bits end up? You could just take a picture of this on your phone. Cool!

    • Lynn says

      Hahaha…mine always ended up in the trash can, Alexandra! It’s when I would look for them that I would realize what I had done. It was so frustrating!

  3. Leslie says

    You did a great job, I love it. I wanted to do this but I am renting, so I am scared to ask the landlord just yet. You Meade it look so easy, hah.

    • Lynn says

      You should ask Leslie! 🙂 Maybe if you offer to repaint it back to the original color when you move out? Good luck!

  4. Meghan says

    This is such a neat idea!!! I definitely could use a solution for my pantry as well. I’m always trying to figure out what I need at the store!

  5. Shavon says

    I love this!! I have seen some pantry chalkboard walls but love the little extras you did with adding the wooden border and the flower embellishments. By the way, you are pretty BA for doing that yourself haha. I love the idea of the chalkboard though, I always think of stuff in the kitchen and your right, never a pen.
    -Shavon from dreaminginbabyblue.blogspot.com

    • Lynn says

      Haha…thanks Shavon! It was a lot of fun and let me tell you, I’m so glad to finally have somewhere to write things down! 🙂

  6. Stephanie Rose says

    That looks AWESOME! We are adding a pantry to our kitchen in the next few months and I am definitely going to do something like this! Thanks for the fantastic idea!

    • Lynn says

      Thanks for stopping by Stephanie. It was a lot of fun to create and it’s definitely been handy when I have an idea or run out of something.

  7. Charlotte says

    Fun idea! We have an erasable calendar on on fridge. I could see the kids having fun with the chalkboard. Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog linkup.

  8. Emily says

    What a great idea! I had a dry erase board in my old kitchen, but no place to jot things down in the new kitchen (well, new to me, it’s 45 years old and a place to write something is the least of it’s problems!). Pinning and sharing. #HomeMattersParty

  9. Sara says

    Great idea to use your door as a chalkboard! The boarder really makes it! Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters Party! #HomeMattersParty

  10. Nicole says

    What a cool way to make a chalkboard on a door! Great tutorial with a lovely outcome. I love having a place to write down reminders where they are easy to see. #HomeMattersParty

  11. Heather | Made In A Pinch says

    How simple and useful! It sure beats my current system of having notepads everywhere and losing my lists!

    What a great idea – now I can’t wait to do that to my own pantry door!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. Maren says

    I love that you are using the actual door for this! I’ve always liked chalkboard paint and all I could come up with was to paint a whole wall 🙂 your idea is just lovely!


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