This Project Sounded So Easy

by Lindy on February 20, 2013

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A long, long time ago (in internet years, that is), I promised to reveal a little project I’d been working on to help with the selling of the stuff and the debt reduction.  Well guess what, I’ve finished it.  And guess what else, I’ve already revealed it.  Did you catch the reveal?

No?

Is my attempt to confuse you putting the wind back in my sails after I totally deflated them by dragging it out so long?

OK, now that the wind has been thoroughly restored, I give you, the Big Reveal.

The Before.

The After.

(I promise I took this around Christmas and my tree is not still up)

I’ve been wanting to join in on the chalk board craze for a while now.  Not only does it make a house feel homey, but it also makes a house’s mom feel less crazy.

You’ve already seen my debt graphic (and creepy apple tree), but just look at the other useful features of this chalkboard…

Chalkboard in its useful glory

Why, you may be asking, did this project take so long? Was it,

A). That I ruined the first one and got all ragey about it, breaking it into a million pieces before scooping up the whole lot and throwing it into the trash bin?

B.) Anthropologie shattered my dreams by selling me the cutest ceramic door handle on clearance for $7, but it doesn’t actually work with real life doors?

C.) I spent two three weeks researching chalk pens, reading the conflicting Amazon reviews, and then another week trying to find a local store that sold them?

D.) All of the above?

You know the saying that household projects always take twice as long and cost twice as much?  Well, it’s really true.  That’s why they say that.

But at least I finally have what I’ve been wanting for so long – the ability to write on my own walls!

If you too want to turn your pantry door into a chalkboard (and don’t want to do it twice, like me) see the tutorial below.

What you’ll need:

  • Masonite board – cut to size by your hardware store – $6
  • Two cans of spray primer – I used Killz, but I also like Rustoleum – $6 each
  • Two cans of chalkboard spray paint (trust me, use the spray paint and not the roll-on paint) – $5 each
  • Industrial strength Velcro – I used 6 2×2 squares, but the more the better – $3 per pack
  • 220 grit sandpaper

1. Lightly sand the smooth side of the board and all edges, then wipe off the dust with a clean cloth.

2. Spray on the primer so board is well covered.  Follow the directions on the can for drying times.

3. Sand the primer layer if needed to make it smooth again, wiping off dust with another clean cloth.

4. Spray on the chalkboard paint until completely covered and let dry.

5. With the door hardware removed, secure your new chalkboard to your door.

6. You’ll need to create a hole in the chalkboard for the door hardware to go through.  I don’t have a saw, so I used a drill.  I traced a circle onto the chalkboard where I needed it, then drilled tiny hole after tiny hole around the perimeter of the traced circle until it was loose enough to break off.  It doesn’t need to be pristine since the door handle will cover it.

So there you go, sounds easy, right?  It’s not easy, it’s really not.  But hopefully it will be easy for you if you attempt it.

Hooray for organization! And more visual aids!

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  • I love the chalk board door! It looks fabulous! I grew up with a chalk board in our kitchen. I have so many memories of doing homework, writing messages and drawing for hours on that board.

  • A) you’re hilarious
    B) the finished product looks great!

  • and I mean good hilarious! I was laughing along, especially with that big reveal and with little notes like “I guess I took the week off.”

    I need to work on my initial posts so that I don’t keep posting twice!!

    • Lindy

      There are no penalties imposed for multiple comments. :)

  • that looks absolutely fabulous! I am way too lazy to do such a thing, but you have made me want one anyway. shame on you!

    • Lindy

      Might make a good husband project. ;)

  • Red

    This is simply amazing! I love it! :)

  • I love it too! Do you think it can just be painted over though in the event you were sick of it or were selling the house?

    • Lindy

      Yes! Since the chalkboard is actually just hardboard that I secured to the door with Velcro, if/when we want to move all I’ll need to do is tear it off.

  • You should send this in to ApartmentTherapy.com – it’s a great tutorial for other people who’d like to do the same. Love the graphs you put on the chalkboard!

  • Fun!

  • I love this idea! I’ve been wanting to do somethign like this, but didn’t know where I’d put it… I never thought to put it on a pantry door! Though for me it’d be the door to my washer and dryer (they are connected to my tiny kitchen) Yet another home ‘renovation’ to add to the list!

  • You really should have pretended like you’re a do it yourselfer mastermind. No one would have been the wiser because the finished product looks awesome.

    It might be a fun thing to put on my cellar door. I absolutely have no wall space whatsover in my kitchen. I covered every square inch with cabinets.

    I think my husband would take issue with me velco-ing our doors though. I like it though and want a chalkboard now. See what you’ve made me do? Now I covet something that I truly don’t need, but want cuz it’s super cool

    • Lindy

      That’s why I went for the door too – the rest of the wall space is taken. Plus the walls are textured, so that wouldn’t fly. I’ve also thought that you could do this same treatment on the side/end of an upper or lower cabinet.

  • What a great idea! You’re very handy; I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to make one of my own.

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