Repurposed Vintage Cabinet Door Chalkboard

As one of 20+ bloggers participating in the Thrift Store Décor Challenge this month, I am excited to share how I repurposed this vintage cabinet door and turned it into a chalkboard.

vintage cabinet door

The Challenge Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | Domestically Creative – Pili | My Sweet Things
Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela – Jeanie | Create and Babble
Molly | Just a Little Creativity – Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek
Marie | The Inspiration Vault – Michelle | Michelle James Designs
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications – Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Pam | P.S. I Love You Crafts – Gail | Purple Hues and Me
Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts – Toni | Small Home Soul
Sue | A Purdy Little House – Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled – Marie | DIY Adulation
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom – Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles  – Denise | My Thrifty House
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks – Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Yamilette | The Latina Next Door

When I found this vintage cabinet door at a local junk shop I instantly knew that I could repurpose it into a chalkboard for my kitchen.  

I fell in love with the old wood, ornate hinges and the metal, locking knobs. Taking something old and repurposing, recycling and reusing it into something new is what I love to do with my junkin’ finds.

vintage cabinet door chalkboard seasoning

I have been saving this Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint Kit  for the perfect DIY project.


vintage cabinet door chalkboard paint kit (2)

It worked flawlessly when I made my Rustic Wood Slice Chalkboard and it certainly didn’t disappoint when I used it for this repurposed vintage cabinet door project. This starter kit included the chalkboard paint, the paint brush, stencils and liquid chalk in a dauber. Each of those items can be purchased individually too and I have links below for you to shop.

Supplies Needed

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repurposed vintage cabinet door directions

Directions for Dummies

  1. Wipe down your cabinet door with a damp cloth and let it dry.
  2. If you don’t have a steady hand, mask off any area that you don’t want covered with chalk paint.
  3. Brush on one layer of chalkboard paint and let dry for 30 minutes.
  4. Add a second layer of chalkboard paint and let dry for 24 hours before writing on the chalkboard surface.
  5. Remove the painters masking tape and season your chalkboard by rubbing it with a piece of regular chalk all over the chalkboard surface.
  6. You can wipe the chalkboard off with an eraser, dry cloth or damp paper towel.
  7. At this point you can use regular chalk to freehand a message or use the stencils and liquid erasable chalk dauber to decorate your chalkboard.

This really was a simple project and the best part was finding the vintage cabinet door in back of a junk shop.

repurposed vintage cabinet door chalkboard

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below and make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


  1. Florence says:

    Denise, I love this! It reminds me of a cabinet door I have that I haven’t thought of what to do with yet. Love your “Directions for Dummies” too. Pretty clever, and I love easy projects.

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