Chalkboard Welcome Sign…from a cabinet door

Hello Friends!  Today, I’m going to show you how to make a fun Chalkboard Welcome Sign…from an old cabinet door.  Perfect for all seasons!

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So, You may or may not know that I love to re-purpose old items…typically items bound for the trash.  While perusing a local flea market a few weeks back, I saw a sign made from a cabinet door and knew I needed one.  A fun idea popped into my head to make this project, but where to find a cabinet door…

I put the word out that I was on the hunt for a cabinet door, when lo and behold…my parents neighbor is remodeling his home and there was a stack of them…You guess it- In his trash pile!

So I loaded a few in the car and brought them home…only to be met with eye rolling from my husband.  Sometimes, he just doesn’t see the potential in my found items…

Cabinet door to cute sign

 First thing, I washed the door and gave it a rough sanding to help the paint stick.  Chalk paint typically adheres to any surface, sanded or not, but I wasn’t sure about the chalkboard paint.  Better safe than sorry!

Cabinet door to Cool sign

 The door received two coats of DecoArt’s Lace Chalky Finish paint.  I knew I was going for a distressed look, so I didn’t want too many layers of paint to sand through.  If you prefer a less distressed look, three coats will give a smooth, non-distressed look.  I then painted the center with DecoArt’s Black Chalkboard paint.  I ended up painting four thin coats on the chalkboard, but they dried really quickly.

distressing painted wood

 Here’s the difference between distressing and leaving the painted wood.  For the distressed look, I used a sanding block to sand over any section of the door where I wanted the wood to peek through.

cabinet door turned chalkboard

You see those little holes where the handle used to be?  Well, I didn’t fill them in before painting and they didn’t look that great once they were sanded.  They showed up a little more than I thought they would.  So, I just drilled a couple more matching holes on the other side.  Perfect for hanging the sign!

Cabinet door to hanging Welcome sign (

 I ran a fun ribbon (found at Hobby Lobby) through the holes, tying a knot in the back, and hung it from the light fixture on my front door.  Charming, huh! 

Chalkboard lettering the easy way- 2 steps!

 Write a greeting like Welcome…or I really wanted to write “Enter at Your Own Risk” because my house looked like a tornado had just spun through and my boys were being particularly ornery!

Or, turn it into an Established Sign.  For the Established Sign, I wanted the lettering to be a bit more prominent or noticeable.  I sketched the lettering on with a piece of chalk and went over it with a chalkboard marker to create more precise lines.

Say Welcome with an easy tutorial starting with a cabinet door ( Either way, it creates a charming sign to welcome guests to your home.  I’m loving how it looks on my front porch…

*This post was previously shared on Sugar Bee Crafts*


If you liked this idea…You might also like some of my other homemade Outdoor Decor…

Ombre Painted Mason Jar Entertaining {Mason Jar Entertaining Caddy}

SPLASH Outdoor Sign with an easy Watercolor Paint effect I  {Watercolor Outdoor Splash Signage}

Hope your week is off to a great start…Now go make something!

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    SO cute! I have my cabinet doors from my first house and now I’m getting windows from my second house! Maybe I can do this to one of the doors! :)

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