DIY Cabinet Door to Chalkboard


Have you recently renovated your kitchen, only to find yourself with an excess of old cabinet doors? Have you walked in the ReStore and thought "I really want to buy those cabinet doors for a super-cool repurposing project--If only I knew what I could do with them..."?

Prepare to learn how to upcycle a cabinet door into the chalkboard of your dreams!
...What, you don't dream about chalkboards? That's what WE dream about.



Old cabinet door
Old cloth
Chalk Paints
Chalkboard Paint
Painter’s Tape
Optional: 120 to 200 grit sandpaper
Optional: Embellishments of your choice(glitter, pom-poms, etc)
Optional: Glue(to fasten embellishments)



Wipe down your cabinet using an old cloth. Make sure to clean all the dust, spills, etc from the surface and grooves. Is your cabinet already painted with a glossy paint? Use the 120-200 grit sandpaper to roughen up the surface to give the chalkpaint something to adhere to. Is your cabinet paint-free? You can skip this step.



Use painter’s tape to tape off the area you want to be the chalkboard. Press down the tape to seal it. Using a paintbrush, paint the chalkboard area with chalkboard paint. Let dry. Apply 2 more coats, letting the paint dry in between coats.




Now, use the painter’s tape to tape off the area you want to be the border. Use your chosen color(s) of chalk paint to paint the border of the cabinet. Get as creative as you want, painting stripes, polka dots, ombre etc. We used the painters tape to make a painted pattern. Add a 3D element by gluing pom-poms, lace doilies, Google eyes and more! The awesome thing about cabinets is that most have a raised frame, making it easy to target the border.
Let this dry.


Remove the painter’s tape. Optional: coat the border with wax or polyurethane.

Now feel free to make those cabinet doors into chalkboards for chore boards, menu signs, scheduling, or just to write a note!


DIY Halloween Spiders

 Have you ever thought to yourself: “I wish there were more spiders in my house/apartment/life” ?

...No?...You will after today! And your wish is our command...

This is an easy DIY Halloween craft for kids AND adults, created by a Durham ReStore staff member.

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- Old softballs (you can also use golf balls)
- Chalk paint(s)
- Paint brushes (medium and small)
- Hot glue gun (w/hot glue refills)
- Pipe cleaners (4 per softball)

Gather Your Materials

Get your chalk paint--Our ReStore has 16 colors of recolor® chalk paint for you to choose from. Check our sports section for softballs or golf balls. Other materials can be found at most craft stores.

Paint Your Spiders

Step 1 - Choose what color you want your spider’s body to be. Paint the softball with your chosen color of chalk paint.
*Pro Tip: To avoid fingerprints, we found it easier to paint half the ball, let it dry, and then paint the other half.

Step 2 - Once dry, it is time to paint the eyes and features of your spider. Let your imagination take over! Give your spider-to-be a personality by painting different expressions—Here are some ideas:
- Paint different-shaped eyes and eyebrows.
- Is your spider happy? Mad? Sad? Mischievous? Paint the face accordingly! 
- Go wild with Google eyes, spooky eyes, eyelashes, glasses, a mustache, buckteeth, a grin, a grimace, a monocle, etc!

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Step 3 - Prep for spider legs. Let the paint dry. Plug in the hot glue gun with the glue cartridge. Once it is hot, you are ready to attach the legs.

Attaching the Legs

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Step 1 - Turn over your softball to where you want the legs to start. Apply a 1- 1 ½ inch line of hot glue and press the center of the pipe cleaner along the glue. The ball should be centered on the pipe cleaner, making 2 equal-in-length “legs” on either side. Once secure, repeat this process 3 times, gluing the pipe cleaners parallel to one another.

Step 2 - Once the hot glue is set, bend the legs up and down to look like spider legs. The pipe cleaners make it possible to pose the spiders however you want!

Ta-Da! Now you know the secret to making a pose-able spider.

The Final Step

Use your powers for good(or evil): Make a spider clone army. Make superhero-themed spiders.  Make unicorn spiders. Make elf/Santa/Christmas spiders!

The world is your spider web. So go on, fill your home with softball spiders and include them in all of your home décor!


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How to Transform a Chair: Upholstery + Paint

Miss last Saturday's workshop on how to make over a chair? Make it to the workshop but need a refresher? 

Welcome to our online tutorial on how to reupholster and paint a chair!



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-       Chair with an upholstered seat
-       Fabric (1/2 yard per chair)
-       Scissors
-       Staple Gun (with staples)
-       Screwdriver
-       Sandpaper (fine to medium grit)
-       Chalk Paint
-       Protective Topcoat
-       Paint Brush

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Find the Perfect Make-Over Chair

Find a chair with potential. The ReStore is perfect for this (We have an entire section of $5-$15 chairs just WAITING for you to transform them (no pressure;-)).

-Choose your fabric.
-Choose a chalk paint(We have you covered, with 16 colors of recolor® chalk paint to choose from at our ReStore).


Painting Your Chair

Step 1 - Prep:
It’s sanding time! Grab your sandpaper and lightly sand the whole chair frame. This helps the paint to stick better. Once finished, wipe the dust off with a dry rag. 

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Step 2 - Paint like Bob Ross(“There are no mistakes, only happy accidents”):
Chalk paint is very forgiving. Mix your chalk paint before you start and wait at least 30 minutes between coats.

Step 3 - Apply protective top coat: Wait 8 hours before applying the clear protective top coat (We recommend Rustoleum Chalked Protective Topcoat).  Apply 1-2 coats, waiting 2 hours between coats.


Reupholstering the Chair Cushion

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Step 1 - Remove the seat cushion from the chair frame:
There are generally 4 screws under the chair holding the cushion in place. Unscrew these and pop out the cushion. You can leave the current upholstery on the cushion; the new fabric will cover it.

Step 2 - Cut the new fabric:
Place the fabric wrong-side up on a flat surface. Place the cushion of the seat on the fabric. Trim the material so that there is enough to fold all the way over the edge. When in doubt, cut the fabric larger than you think you need to(You can always trim the excess).

Step 3 - Staple the fabric to the base of the cushion:
Fold a flap along one of the sides of the cushion. Start stapling at the middle, then out to the corners. Repeat with the opposite edge of the seat. If you come across curves, fold and staple the fabric under the seat. If you make any mistakes, you can easily remove the staples and try again.

Step 4 - Finishing touches:
Trim the excess fabric. After your chair is painted and dry, reattach the cushion to the chair.

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