March 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Custom Color Chalkboard Paint Pantry Door

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We have been doing simple and improvements to our kitchen as of late.  I am trying to get away from the refrigerator as a catch all for papers, lists, calendars and such.  So I thought, why not make the back of the pantry door a chalkboard so that we can all keep a running list of what we need?

This is our pantry door before…odd things sticking out the back…

Which were actually holding the mirror on the front.  Yes.  A mirror on our pantry door. In our kitchen.  I don’t know.  It was there when we moved in.

So we took the door off of the hinges and brought it down to the basement so we could paint it.

 I had been planning on just putting a fresh coat of white paint and then painting the chalkboard on the back. But once I had the door down and began looking at it closely, it had definitely been painted one too many times.   Or three or four times.

So we bought some stripper and got to work.  It took not one, not two, but three applications and removal with the stripper to get the layers upon layers of paint off.  Then we did some sanding with the orbital sander I had bought Daddy D for Christmas.  It looked so much better!

Sooooo much better.

I wanted a smooth finish with no brush strokes.  I opted on using an inexpensive kit I bought in Walmart specifically for cabinets.  I liked the small, high density foam roller that would give me that finish.

And I got to work painting…

Once the front of the door was completely painted, I flipped it over and taped off the inset panel of the back of the door.

Using this recipe from Martha Stewart.  I combined 2 tablespoons unsanded tile grout with 1 cup regular old acrylic paint (in PAPAYA!).  I actually ended up using 2 of the recipe and coated my surface four times (as there was no regular base coat of paint since we had stripped the door).

And then finished painting the whole door.  Daddy D rehung the door with new hinges and put on the vintage door knob set
I then “primed” the chalkboard with a coating of chalk…

Then we were good to go!
We keep a list on  the top…

And Eli does quite a bit of snazzy scribbling on the bottom…

I love the functionality, but I also really love the unexpected and fun pop of color that the papaya chalkboard makes!

What color chalkboard would you make?

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  1. says:

    I love the way your pantry door came our. I think I want to do the same thing and have the door be a functional writing board as well. What a great idea.

  2. pantry cabinet says:

    The way your pantry door came our is great!

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