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Frugal Crafts: Chalkboard Cabinets

by Dana Fleming

Frugal Crafts at BetterBudgeting: How to Make Chalkboard Cabinets

Keep reminders handy with this recycled-art chalkboard, made from cabinet doors.  Also makes a great gift!

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Items needed:

Cabinet door (any size, any shape - I get mine at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore)
Clean release tape
Chalkboard paint
Acrylic or latex paint
Picture hangers or ribbon/rope and staple gun
Clear gloss paint (optional)


Clean and sand cabinet door.

Paint door with primer.

Tape off center part of cabinet with clean release tape.

Paint center of board with chalkboard paint, let dry, remove tape.

Tape off edges of cabinet with clean release tape.

Paint edges of cabinet with colors of your choice, decorate with design of your choice, let dry, remove tape.

Add hanging elements: claw-type picture hanger, or if door is lightweight, ribbon or rope can be stapled to back to make hanger.

If you're into the distressed look, you can sand once more over the decorative paint.  The outside edges of the door can also be sealed with a clear gloss paint.
Hang and use!

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