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!