Re-Purposed Cabinet Door

Re-Purposed Cabinet Door

A little over 2 months ago, the 400 Mile Sale came around again. It runs along HWY 68 through Kentucky and kicks off the first weekend in June.

My neighbor a few doors down specializes in old junk, and has a booth at every sale event that comes along. Since I could walk to his sale from my front yard, I decided to check it out. He had several things that caught my eye, but this in particular called my name:

It was an old cabinet door that someone had obviously painted black in the middle. But it wasn’t chalkboard paint. I couldn’t figure out what the intent had been, unless it once hung in a black and white kitchen. I really liked the handle, in particular, and decided to ask my neighbor if the door was as old as it looked.

He said it was made of particle board, but that particle board had been around for much longer than most people realize. He guessed it was made in the early 1900’s, maybe the 1920’s. Knowing it would make a perfect chalkboard for my kitchen, I handed over the $4 and made it mine. The first thing I did was scrub it down to remove the filth of ages. Then I gave it a fresh coat of chalkboard paint everywhere the previous black paint had been. It looked much better, but I really felt it needed a pop of color. So I decided to try red. For just $3.95 at Walmart, I found this little gem of red goodness. It was the perfect size for such a small project.

An hour later, my cabinet door had been completely transformed!

And I knew right where to hang it. I have a narrow wall in the kitchen where the wall calendar has hung for 11 years. I felt it was time to be honest with myself and admit that I was using the wall calendar less and less, in favor of my phone calendar. So I took it down and gave it’s spot to my new chalkboard. It was a perfect fit!

Next, I had to decide what exactly I wanted to write on it. I wanted something that would get updated regularly, and would serve a real purpose, not just give me something else to maintain. And it suddenly occurred to me that it could actually solve a problem. For the last several years I’ve become more and more lax about planning meals. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants and pull something together at the last minute, because I have so much else going on. And I’m usually stressed out at dinnertime. No more. From now on, my cabinet door chalkboard serves as a menu of the week’s evening meals!



The desire to keep it up to date will force me to plan meals in advance, and the kids will be able to see what’s coming and keep me accountable to actually make it. I’ve been using it for a week already and love it! I’m so much happier with the look of that space now, and I’m actually using what’s hanging there.This was a fun and easy project that turned out to be a lot more useful than I originally anticipated.

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