DIY Chalkboard Door

"We're bored," the littles whined. 

"Not so fast, you two, I have just the thing--- a new door!"

The smiles were wiped away faster than if they had a door slammed shut in their faces. 

"No, trust me. You'll love it."

And so it began. 

In the throes of a summer heat wave I conceived a brilliant idea- paint over one of the doors that had been "decorated" when the littles were actually little with chalkboard paint. If nothing else, it would provide a surface for a glow-in-the-dark make-you-own chalk kit we received several years before. Huzzah!

How to Make your own Chalkboard Door

Remove door from hinges and then take off the hardware. I found just loosening the hinges gave me enough wiggle room to get the paint in there. 

Block it up on horses. Prime. Wait. Paint. Wait. Paint again. Wait. Yep, the chalkboard paint I got had a three day cure time. Then I flipped the whole thing over and did the other side. Needless to say, the not-so-little littles whined some more. But we found a few or three or ten things to do in the meantime. We're good like that.

Then I refit the hardware. And hung it back up. 

Last step, we prepped the now chalk-board painted door with a layer of white chalk, wiped it off, and then gave it a quick wash.  

It looked a bit more white grey, than black grey, but that has more to do with me not getting a fresh, non-chalky rag to get it sufficiently clean. 

Voila...a great surface to doodle on, play tic-tac-toe, do some quick math figuring when explaining an example from summer math workbooks, or reminding myself where the laundry room is...oh and to do said laundry. 

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