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Monday, January 30, 2012

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I like to keep lists of just about everything. Okay, everything.☺ The majority of my lists are kept only by me, but the grocery list is one that my husband contributes to, and even my oldest son.  The problem was that I usually kept it near my desk,  but somehow the items that they wanted or needed  to be replaced never got on the list.  I decided that it needed to be moved to a spot much closer to the food. 

What better place than the pantry door? I knew I wanted a chalkboard, and I wanted it to be framed, but I didn't want anything hanging on the door. Our doors have a square cutout at the top of the door, so I decided to put the chalkboard inside the square, and use molding to frame the outside. Practical and cute?  Love it.

  • 3 inch mdf or wood molding
  • spray paint
  • liquid nail or gorilla glue
  • nail gun, and 1 1/2 inch nails
  • chalkboard paint


1.  I carefully taped off the square using painters tape and pages ripped out of a magazine. (Okay, so I actually used white duct tape, because we ran out of painters tape and I was too much in a hurry to wait.  But YOU should use painters tape, lol.  I also knew that even if the tape ripped off some of the door paint, it would be covered by the frame, so I didn't worry about it too much.) I covered as much of the top half of the door as I could. I would also suggest protecting your floor with a tarp, and even hanging an old sheet in the doorway of the pantry, so the overspray doesn't get on your food items. This is a picture of it in progress...

2. Once it was taped off, I used chalkboard spray paint on the inside of the square.

3. Now for the frame can do this part one of a couple of different ways.  My original plan was to cut the wood to fit around the square, and adhere it piece by piece. If you don't have a miter saw to cut the edges on an angle, you can just make straight cuts--or you can do it if you prefer the look or want it go faster--which was me.  :)

For example..if you had a 24 inch square, and using 3 inch wood (make sure you measure the wood first--it's always less than it says it is), this is how you would cut your wood:  Side pieces = 30 inches (24 for the actual square, 3 on each side), Top and bottom pieces = 24 inches) I don't have pictures of this process, because my cute husband came home from work one night and surprised me by putting the frame together, so I just had to put the frame all at once.  Either way will work!

4.  Once your pieces are cut, painted, and sanded, you're ready to get them up on the door. Before you glue them on, double check your wood pieces or frame to make sure it will fit--once you put on liquid nail, there's no going back. Apply a small amount of liquid nail or gorilla glue on the back of the wood piece, and place it carefully on the door where it goes.  You will have time to adjust it and get it in the right place---it doesn't bond instantly.  Once it's right, add a few nails using your nail gun to secure it in place.  Repeat the process with all of your wood pieces. *Gorilla Glue will foam and get much bigger in size, an Liquid Nail will squish out--a little goes a long way.

So let's say the top of your door doesn't have an exact square opening, and perhaps several cutouts on the top half of your door...can you still do this?  Yes!

* Buy and cut a piece of sheet metal the size you want your chalkboard to be (plus an inch all the way around) and that will cover any cutouts or openings on your door.  You can buy it at Home Depot, and use tin snips to cut it to size, or look for a local sheet metal company that will cut it and sell it. It's a little more expensive that way, but worth it if you can get it.

* Drill small holes in each corner of the metal.  Use liquid nail to adhere it to the door, then hammer tacks into the corner of the metal through the drilled holes, securing it in place.  

*Tape and paint according to directions above.

*Adhere your wood pieces and or frame as described above, except that you need to overlap the sheet metal by about an inch all the way around, so the edge won't be exposed.  

Another option is to buy a frame that is the size you want, cut the sheet metal to fit it, and then just adhere the frame instead of the wood pieces.

I absolutely love it--I should have done it a long time ago!

P.S.  I'm typing this as my four little ones are running around the family room and watching Cars 2---it's a little loud in here, and I'm slightly distracted, lol.  Please let me know if I need to clarify something!

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Blogger Amanda said...

This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing!

January 30, 2012 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger Gayla said...

How cute! And I'm kind of in love with how neat and organized your pantry shelves are.... Be still my heart....

January 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Natalia said...

That is the pantry with the mostest!

January 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Margie said...

Much better idea than the magnetic backed list which keeps falling off the 'fridge door .....

January 30, 2012 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Sabrina said...

I love lists too! I make them daily and just like you, for EVERYTHING! I'm a new follower of your blog, thank you for all of the cute ideas like this one! I would like to award you the Versitile Blogger Award :)
Have a blessed day!

January 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Dingbats & Doodles said...

I really like how you used the panel of the door for the chalkboard. What a wonderful use of space...thinking outside the box or rather inside the the door...LOL!

February 24, 2012 at 8:59 AM  

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