I had been wanting to make wooden shudder message centers for quite awhile, so we took off to our Habitat for Humanity Restore in search of some that would work for what I was wanting. Unfortunately, we didn't find what we were looking for that day but I did find something that SCREAMED "make ME into something".
Antique Cabinet Doors with handles and hardware!
I just HAD to have some since they were just .75 cents each. I'm all about making something new out of something old and spending very little money in the process.
When I bought them, I wasn't quite sure exactly what I wanted to do with them, but I knew I would come up with something. I just LOVED them and knew they had potential. On the way home from that shopping adventure, my husband said the lines made from the slats reminded him of a chalkboard. I immediately agreed and a quick stop at Hobby Lobby to pick up some chalkboard paint was all I needed since I had everything else at home.
Remove all hardware and hinges. Clean up the door as needed.
Paint the line indentions with white paint. I didn't worry about getting it on the main section since I was able to just wipe that off with a baby wipe before it dried. I'm all about cutting corners! Just make sure the white paint completely fills all of the crevices.
Using a foam brush, I painted the main area with the chalkboard paint, being careful to not touch the white lines.
I then painted the rest of the door with regular black acrylic paint. I mostly only worried about getting full coverage on the outside edges since most of the rest would be covered with fabric. You definitely want to make sure you paint wraps around the edges for a finished look when it is hanging or displayed. At this point, I also went back and touched up any places that needed some extra TLC. The chalkboard paint did take several layers.