Our garage door is one solid piece of primed (never got around to painting it) wood. Boring and ugly, and it has been in this state for several years. Until this weekend, that is. I was so inspired by making my little chalkboard frame a few days ago, that I felt compelled to go bigger. So, I made our ugly garage door into a chalkboard door for the whole family to enjoy!
Here is what the door looked like before…
I started out by painting the door white (Benjamin Moore’s White Dove) to match the rest of the doors and trim in the house. After that was done, I taped off a rectangular area of the door with painter’s tape. I then applied several coats of chalkboard paint (I think it was four), waiting about an hour in between coats. I used a foam roller to achieve the smoothest finish possible.
Even though I wasn’t done, my daughter had to try out the chalkboard door as soon as the paint was dry. She is so excited about this door!
To give it a more finished look, I picked up some basic chair rail at Lowe’s, and painted that the same white color as the door. After the chalkboard paint was dry, I measured and cut the chair rail to size, and then installed it with my trusty nail gun (1” nails). After some minor touch up (like, filling nail holes) the door was done!
I’m so happy with the way it turned out. The kids are already fighting over it (I guess that’s a sign you’ve created something good), and even my husband commented that it was a very creative idea.
In our case the door was flat, so it was easy to paint on a simple chalkboard and put some trim around it. But, I’ve seen other people do this even with different door styles, like in these pictures below.
This was a really fun, and easy project that is perfect for those of us who love casual family living. It would be great for a kids room (“yes, honey you can draw on the doors”). Do you have a chalkboard wall or door in your house?