weekend project... from door to chalkboard!

For a few years, I've used dining room as my office.  Since it was the center of the home, it made sense to me.  Recently, however, I decided to make a change to have an actual dining room.  I guess I was tired of eating at either the kitchen counter or on the living room floor. 

When I had originally created my desk, I had used a stained slab door with two matching bookcases on either end as the "legs".  So what do you do with an extra door just lying around the house?  My answer: a giant chalkboard for my new dining room.

It was an easy one-day project and I love the end result!  Just a little bit of prep work, paint, and patience.  ...And it only totaled $30!  I did already have the door, but you can find one at any Home Depot, Lowes, etc for around $20.  Here's how it was done...

1)   Sand the door to remove any rough edges and then wipe down.  Use painters tape around the edges and then apply one coat of primer. 

2)   Apply chalkboard paint with roller (as instructed by Home Depot staff) to give a smoother surface.  My project took two full coats of paint, with 4 hours of drying time between the coats.  Remove tape after 2 hours of your final coat & let sit undisturbed for three days.

3)   The final step once is to take a piece of chalk and brush a layer over the entire surface of the chalkboard.  Once you erase…  It is all ready to use!
I am still working on completing my dining room makeover, but will have more photos soon when I finish a few other projects. 


  1. Great project! I'm pretty sure chalkboard paint is one of the best inventions in this decade (c: I'm all a flutter to see what you do with the rest of the dining room...but where will you have your office??? (c;

  2. WOW,I am impressed!!!Great project!

  3. What a cute idea!! I have an old door in my basement that would be perfect for this :-)

  4. What an awesome idea! I love this!! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Hope you are having a great weekend friend!


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