I salvaged this old closet door from the trash pile of a house that my parents were cleaning out. It was too charming to throw out, and someone had already taken the time to take the panels out and insert mirrors into the door. I thought about keeping it as a mirror, but I have lots of mirrors.. and it just wouldn’t work in the space that I could put a full length mirror to use. So, I decided that I really did want a memo/bulletin/chalk board for my little nook in the finished basement of our house and this door would be awesome to re-purpose for that kind of project.
In the same house I found a bunch of old door knobs in rough shape. Rusty, old chipped paint, covered in cob webs… they were just lying around in that basement for me to find!
- Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint Black Finish- I almost bought green, so Double Check!
- A Sample of BEHR paint from Home Depot The shade here is ‘Hallowed Hush’ and I actually had this left over from a previous project- WIN! Paint samples are awesome for small projects, and cheap too!
- Metallic Paint This is Dazzling Metallics which can be found in the craft paint aisle. This shade is ‘Rich Espresso’.
Wooo!! Off to the Craft Store! (I really like going, can you tell?) I went to Hobby Lobby (don’t forget that 40% coupon) to pick out a fabric that would tie in my blue paint color and bring out some of the other colors in my “craft room”. I have a light green desk, and a lot of the pillows on my couch are a fern green. If you can’t already tell… I am severely partial to blue. I think almost everything I have refinished thus far has been some shade of blue so I guess I could pick fabric with colors other than blue.
- Duck Cloth (I only needed 1/4 Yard) Duck Cloth is thicker and sturdier than regular fabric, just a nice way to say Canvas, in my opinion. This fabric print is ‘Abundance’.
- A spool of coordinating 3/8″ Satin Ribbon
- Decorative Buttons You’ll need one button for every intersecting ribbon meeting point.
- Quilt Batting (or Bondable Interfacing, very thin piece of foam… anything that will give a little cushion between your panel and the fabric.)
Other Miscellaneous Items that I needed:
- Paint Brush
- Foam Brush or Roller for the Chalkboard Paint
- Sand Paper
- Hammer, Screwdriver
- Painter’s Tape
- Sewing Needle and Thread
- Ruler or Measuring Tape
Before I painted, I gently cleaned off my board with some damp paper towels and vinegar. It smelled… yucky. It came out of the trash, people! A little light sanding to smooth it down and give the paint something to adhere to better. I painted the Chalkboard paint right on top of the mirror. For the chalkboard paint waiting is essential. You must let the first coat dry for 4 hours before applying a second coat. I thought 3 hours was PLENTY of time. No. No, it really wasn’t and I ended up with this fiasco to fix:
While I waited for my paint to dry, I took out my Dremel tool and buffed out the rust on the door knob. I also used vinegar in the step to help loosen up the rust by soaking a paper towel in the vinegar and wiping down the knob. (If I had patience, I would have just skipped the Dremel and let my knob soak in Vinegar for a couple days- it removes rust… who knew?) After the door knob was all cleaned up it was time to put some metallic paint. Just brush on the paint and then using a damp paper towel, lightly wipe down what you painted. By wiping off the paint, the paint stayed in those tiny crevices of the design and gave my knob a nice antiqued finish.
Now it was time to work on the fabric. Taking out the smaller panel required some prying off the trim on the back of the door that was holding the panel in place, but just set those trim pieces and nails aside because you’re going to need them again later. I measured out my quilt batting, and my fabric, leaving out 2 inches of excess on my fabric so that I would be able to wrap my fabric around the panel. (Oh, Iron!! Don’t forget to iron your fabric before you start this step.) I laid my fabric, and my quilt batting over the panel and secured the fabric temporarily with some Painter’s Tape.
Flipping the board over to the right side, now its time to figure out where to lay your pieces of ribbon. Leave yourself some extra inches on both ends of your ribbon. Using a ruler or a measuring tape find the center of your panel. My panel was 16 inches putting the middle at 8 inches. This will give my ribbon “X’s” 4 inches apart. I will be cutting an pinning 4 pieces of ribbon.
Start: Begin at Point A (pin ribbon) and continue to Point B (pin). Cut. With your second piece of ribbon: Point B (pin) to Point C (pin). Cut. Third piece of ribbon: Point D (pin) to Point E (pin). Cut. Fourth piece of ribbon: Point E (pin) to Point F (pin).
It also helps if you just pin in both intersecting points (between D-E and E-F). That wasn’t so hard, right?
Here I have all of my ribbon pieces pinned down. Everywhere that I pinned, I will sew. The ribbon needs to be pulled taught otherwise any paper won’t stay held in by the ribbon. Sew your buttons in the intersecting points in the center of the panel. After everything was sewn in place and the buttons were on I put the fabric and the quilt batting back on the panel and I secured the fabric with my hot glue gun. A staple gun would be ideal- but I wasn’t going on an archaeological dig into the garage to find it. I used my hot glue gun to secure the fabric to the back of the panel. Same thing.
I came back to this a day later after I was sure all of my paint had dried. After all was said and done I used two coats of paint on the door, and three coats of chalkboard paint after my mistake. Because this door was so old, and I wanted it to really still look like a door, I wanted to distress the edges. By giving the door a distressed edge I won’t have to worry about if the paint chips because, that’s Character.
Paint dried, edges distressed… time to pop in that fabric panel in again! I don’t have pictures of this step because I haven’t mastered the technique of hammering and taking pictures.
I may have forgotten. When you pop the fabric panel back into the door this is time to really make sure you have everything pulled nice and tight.
I’m very happy with how this turned out- Love it. If you do this project too, please share!