Do you remember all those old doors I scored from the old church here in my town? You know the ones they literally “gave” me??
I finally got my act together and used them for something. I was especially partial to the white one on the right, the hardware is original, post World War II and I thought the three panels would make an excellent chalkboard.
I started by removing all the hardware. Unfortunately, when the door had been repainted, much of the hardware had been too. I made a lovely soup for dinner that night in my crock pot.
After a thorough overnight simmer, most of the paint just peeled away. Next I turned my attention to the door. I cleaned it thoroughly with TSP solution to get all the accumulated dirt and yuk off of it. Sanded it with a 220 grit, then sprayed the entire piece with my favorite primer Zinnser 123. I decided to prime this piece because I didn’t want any of the old paint coming loose and compromising the finish of my work.
I painted all three panels with Chalk board paint, and painted the remainder of the door in CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White. Two coats, sanded it until baby soft smooth with a 320 grit sandpaper, then sealed the Vintage White with 100% Natural CeCe Caldwell’s furniture wax. If you haven’t tried this wax, then you are in for a huge surprise. It has only a very faint pleasant smell, no harsh fumes, no petroleum, nothing. After the wax had dried, I buffed it to a lovely shine, put the hardware back on, voila! I have a chalkboard door, ready for service.
I love how the original hardware adds character to the door:
Here is the finished product:
I wish I had room in my home to keep this door, but Mark has already placed a Moratorium on anymore chalkboards around here……I am selling it this weekend at the Paris Flea Market sale.
Here is a sneak peek of my space!
Hope your Monday is a good one! Off to a Giant’s Baseball Game today!
Sharing my old door with these lovely blogs: