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Cupboard Door into Command Center

Happy Friday!  I am loving the nice spring weather, warm days and some delicious smelling rainy ones.  Don’t you love the smell of rain?

Today’s project was super simple and super needed, a perfect combination!  I am sharing an upcycled cupboard door into command center.

Upcycled Cupboard Door to Command Center

It is perfect for the small spot behind the door from my garage into my kitchen!  I have been wanting a place to hang my purse and jot notes and reminders down in hurry and this is just what I needed!

cupboard door, painted

I picked up this cupboard door almost a year and a half ago at the Restore for $1.  I figured I could make a cute sign with it or something.  While I was painting another project, my Large DIY Bracket Frame, I decided to paint the door too, why not?!   It has been hanging out for a while now with nothing to do.  Well, not anymore!  I came up with the idea to make this cute little cupboard door into a fun command center!

Spray paint with plastic primer, then regular spray paintI was thinking of painting a chalkboard on it and making a cork board,  so I knew I needed a place for chalk, paper, pens and such.  In my kids bathroom I have these cool little plastic drawer organizers.  I remember thinking this will totally help separate my kids tooth brushes and toothpaste, I am so smart…. Wrong!  For some unearthly reason my kids don’t use them, everything is just thrown in as a huge sticky mess  (I say sticky because kids can’t just push out a small amount of toothpaste, it has to be a quarter size, and then the rest gets rubbed all over EVERYWHERE, ready to turn into toothpaste cement once it dries.  Have you ever tried to clean up dried toothpaste?  Ha, now you have an experiment, go ahead give it whirl…have fun!) My pathetic attempt at organizing was completely fruitless.   Sorry tangent…

Anyway, I saved an “unused” plastic tray from the grasp of the cement hardening toothpaste and scrubbed for hours it really good.  Then I gave it a coat of plastic primer, and then glossy black, both of which I already had on hand.

Use painter's tape to tape off for chalkboard paint

I taped of the top of the cupboard with painter’s tape, oops ran out of the green.  Then I gave the cupboard and the plastic tray front, three coats of chalkboard paint.  The above photo is after one coat.  I love this stuff!

Cutting cork for making cork board

If you have been reading my previous contributor posts for Gail you know I get a lot of stuff for free.  This cork roll was one of my free finds, and to tell the truth I can’t even remember from where, craig’s list, freecycle…  But, I knew someday I would want to use it!  I cut it to the size I wanted using my paper cutter and mat, and this plastic ruler that has been used more for wood and other projects than quilting.  It is awesome!

Using gorilla super glue to secure cork

I used this (non expanding) gorilla super glue to attach it to my cupboard door.  I just put glue on the back of the cork, set it where I wanted it, put a heavy book on top and held it in place for about a minute.

Screw on plastic tray to cupboard

I predrilled holes and screwed on my plastic tray.  I didn’t take a picture but I used black glossy craft paint to paint over the screws, so they would blend in.

using contact paper for stencil for painting chevron stripes

I could have been done at this point but since I never throw anything away…I still had this left over contact paper stencil from when I  made my Halloween Spider Craft.  I used a few chevron stripes to stick on the cork, and pressed them down firmly.

Pull paint away from the stencil to get crisp clean lines

Then I simply painted one coat of white.  When I do stencils I always start, with very minimal paint, on the stencil and paint towards the middle.  This ensures crisp clean lines!

Upcycled Cupboard Door to Command Center

I added three hooks on the bottom for keys and my purse (yay!), and I was done…

Attaching d-ring hooks to hang Upcycled Cupboard Door to Command Center

Well almost.  I did add two D-ring mounts to the back.  They are nice and strong, and I just had to drill screws into the wall to hang them on.  One screw was in a stud the other was anchored in the drywall.

Upcycled Cupboard Door to Command Center

It is super awesome to be able to hang my purse and keys!  I also love having the cork board for coupons and reminders, and the chalkboard too!

plastic painted tray holds chalk, paper, pens

The little tray can hold quite a bit and I don’t have to worry about things falling out!

Upcycled Cupboard Door to Command Center

I am pretty excited about it, and happy I finally found a use for my $1 cupboard door! I am thinking my husband has no excuse now for losing his wallet and keys.  The tray and hooks are perfect for taking care of such a job!

Upcycled Cupboard Door to Command Center

As I was building this I realized that this might be nice for my kids rooms or maybe even the office, it really could be modified for any room in the house!  What would you use it for?

Thanks for reading!  Hugs,


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A teacher at heart, Gail relishes the chance not to show off her projects, but to help others find their inner handywoman, step-by-step. Her blog, MyRepurposedLife.com, chronicles her scrap-saving adventures and has been featured on countless DIY magazines and websites, including Women’s Day, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. She is a longtime influencer for both Krylon spray paint and Gorrilla Glue. With a tribe of more than 400,000 followers, Gail is inspiring a new generation of DIYers to pick up some tools and get to work.
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  1. Great job on the cabinet door.

  2. girlfromwva says:

    I really like how you did this; and how it turned out! I think I would use it as you have, perfect. I could see it used a kitchen with magnetic paint and little metal spice tins, or even in the bathroom with magnetic paint for a magnetic make up board.

  3. Sometimes I’m not the brightest bulb… I was reading this post thinking OH Gail found a use for the doors she got, and when I saw the note on the bulletin board saying not to forget to pick up the boys I was just about to leave a comment asking what boys Gail was picking up! I figured it out, duh it’s Mindi!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me! I read and appreciate every word!