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