July 18, 2014

DIY // China door chalkboard

For this wonderful, yet rainy Friday morning, I wanted to share one of my favorite pieces I have done. This was a DIY where I just thought of an idea and went with it.
 When we first moved into our home, there was a China Cabinet that the owners of the house, previous to my grandparents, had left. Since this China Cabinet had no sentimental value, I decided to redo it. As you know, most China Cabinets have the door on the front. My goal with this was to completely take out the glass and make it like a hutch. Well, I couldn't figure out how to get the glass out without tearing up the whole front end so I just took off the door.
I am repainting it this weekend and I'm going to take another stab at getting that glass out!
After I took off the door, I was about to throw it away until this little idea popped in my head to just paint it. I did a bit of a distressed/ cloudy look on it. Originally it was a dark brown color and I love doing distressed looks when a dark color is underneath.
I had some dry erase markers and used it as a thing to write notes, verses or supper plans for the week :)
Recently I have been wanting a chalkboard and instead of getting ready to spend $ 50 on one that I loved, I decided to grab my chalkboard paint and just try it out myself.
 If you have never used chalkboard paint, just know it can be a bit of a pain. It is sort of chunky and it can be hard to get an even spread. I would highly recommend getting small rolling brush to use. I used a paintbrush and its probably why I had so much trouble.
Also, let it dry overnight. It will take about four coats of this stuff until it is thick enough for chalk and if you put on another coat too fast, it will just add to the chunky-ness.
I just loved the way it turned out. I went to Target and purchased a huge box full of chalk and came straight home to draw on my chalkboard.
Its the small things :)
I hope you all have a marvelous weekend! 


  1. um. i love that! we have some old windows laying around so i'm gonna need to get some chalkboard paint! :)

  2. I love the idea of a Friday DIY Linkup! And this turned out absolutely precious! I love it!!

  3. how is yours working out with glass? I painted chalkboard paint over a mirror once and it ended up peeling a while later.

  4. Love it! Great project Lauren, I really like the chalkboard black agains that torquiseish paint. Beautiful!

  5. This is so cute! You did a great job on it! :)

  6. You did a great job, Lauren! Super cute! I'd join that link up- I feel like there's so much you could do with it and everyone could interpret it in different ways to fit what they've been doing!