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DIY Kitchen Chalkboard Pantry Door

Why is it the kitchen is the room least likely to have 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 comee 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:

  • Sandpaper
  • Painters tape
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Gorilla wood glue
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint sponges
  • Measuring tape
  • ArtMinds decor paint in pewter
  • ArtMinds metallic paint in silver
  • Dremel Rotary Tool
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Wood moulding 
  • 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 moulding at an angle so the pieces will meet at the corners.

Chalkboard pantry door

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

Chalkboard door

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

Kitchen chalkboard 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 paint brush, 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.

DIY chalkboard door

Step #5:  Remember in step #1 I mentioned my door panels are beveled?  Well, it’s time to cut the moulding.  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 moulding and use a pen to mark where it should be cut.  Safety note: It is possible that pieces of the moulding 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 moulding is marked, it’s time to cut.

When the paint is dry, check to make sure the moulding will fit in the grooves of the door and the edges of each side meet together.  If not, cut more of the moulding 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 moulding.  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 moulding 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 moulding so there is a thin line of glue going down all sides. Don’t worry, it’ll dry clear.  Take a thin small paint brush 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 moulding 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 moulding 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!

DIY pantry chalkboard door

How have you organized your kitchen to make things easier for you?

 
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40 Comments… add one
  • Krista 02/15/2017, 11:05 AM

    omg this is freaking great! I want to do this for my bedroom!

    • Lynn 02/16/2017, 11:47 AM

      Thanks Krista! You should do it. It’s so much fun and make things easier to jot things down.

  • Devon Marie 02/16/2017, 11:35 AM

    Wow I love this! Especially the frame you made with the little flowers.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Lynn 02/16/2017, 11:48 AM

      Thanks Devon!

  • Liz from lizwilcox.com 02/19/2017, 1:48 PM

    Love it! My husband and I are renovating our RV and will turn one side of the island into a chalkboard wall for our daughter! Now I’m super excited. Great pics, too. Thanks.

    • Lynn 02/21/2017, 1:24 PM

      Oh how fun. She’s going to love it! Would love to see it when you’re done! πŸ™‚

  • kate 03/06/2017, 10:51 AM

    Always loved the idea of chalkboard paint in a kitchen- a pantry door seems like a great spot to do it.

  • Kelly 03/06/2017, 11:02 AM

    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!

  • cara 03/06/2017, 6:12 PM

    This is so cute! And surprisingly easy! I’ll have to try this!

  • Jose 03/06/2017, 7:22 PM

    Chalkboard paint! That’s just a great idea. I will definitely make one for my room.

  • Alexandra 03/06/2017, 7:50 PM

    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 03/16/2017, 9:58 AM

      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!

  • Leslie 03/06/2017, 8:16 PM

    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 03/16/2017, 9:57 AM

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

  • Meghan 03/06/2017, 10:21 PM

    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!

  • Shavon 03/07/2017, 1:14 AM

    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 03/16/2017, 9:55 AM

      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! πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie Rose 03/07/2017, 2:53 PM

    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 03/16/2017, 9:54 AM

      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.

  • Charlotte 03/15/2017, 2:54 PM

    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.

    • Lynn 03/16/2017, 9:53 AM

      That sounds fun Charlotte!

  • Emily 03/16/2017, 6:22 PM

    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

  • Sara 03/17/2017, 7:47 PM

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

  • Nicole 03/18/2017, 6:15 PM

    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

  • Sahana 03/19/2017, 10:28 AM

    Love the flowers you have used to decorate the corners of the chalkboard. Neat idea. #HomeMattersParty

  • Jeannee J Taylor 03/19/2017, 8:46 PM

    That is so cleaver and handy! I love the way you took the time to add the special little details that took it to the next level Thanks for sharing@ #HomeMattersParty
    Jeannee

  • Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai 03/20/2017, 8:45 PM

    What a cute idea! I want a pantry door chalkboard — guess I’d better start with a pantry door… some day… #HomeMattersParty

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

  • Michelle James 03/20/2017, 9:00 PM

    Oh I just love this chalkboard and the flowers add such a pretty touch! Love having you as cohost of #homemattersparty

  • Gentle Joy Photography 07/11/2017, 6:19 PM

    What a fun project and addition to your kitchen! The corner medallions really add a finishing touch. Very nice! πŸ™‚

    • Lynn 07/12/2017, 3:58 PM

      Thank you!

  • Heather | Made In A Pinch 07/12/2017, 1:26 AM

    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.

    • Lynn 07/12/2017, 3:57 PM

      Hahaha, Heather! That was my system for years! πŸ™‚

  • Maren 07/12/2017, 8:33 AM

    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 πŸ™‚ your idea is just lovely!

    • Lynn 07/12/2017, 3:56 PM

      Thanks, Maren!

  • Elise Cohen Ho 07/18/2017, 8:17 PM

    I so wish that I had the proper door for this. It is so cute.

    • Lynn 07/19/2017, 9:04 AM

      Thanks, Elise. It was fun to make and boy oh boy does it come in handy. We use it almost every day!

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