I'm so happy to share this hollow core door chalkboard project with you today!
Hollow core door project
While on a walk with Lulu Mae, I found this damaged door. Apparently someone kicked it. Can you see what caught my eye? That great arch shape of the top half. I knew right away it would be perfect for a chalkboard. I took Lulu home, borrowed a dolly from my neighbor Rodney and rolled the door home.
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Remove damaged portion of door
It was easy to cut the lower half off using my circular saw.
Can you see how perfect it is going to be for a chalkboard already?
How to plug a doorknob hole
I’ve used this method to fill in the doorknob hole on my Hall Tree Bench, you can click that link for more details.
Fill in gap of hollow core door
Because this is a hollow core door, there is a void at the bottom where the door was cut off. I found the perfect scrap in my stash to fit this gap. I used Gorilla Wood Glue , Quick Clamps, and my nail gun to make a secure base in the door.
There were three places that I needed to patch to repurpose this door. I used wood filler on the hinge mortise and doorknob. For the strike plate area, I used a small piece of thin plywood to fill the void, then the wood filler to make it all smooth.
Add top and bottom trim to repurposed door chalkboard
Because I was busy doing some home reno, I worked on this project off and. I didn’t take pictures of the process of adding a top shelf and crown molding. After doing that, I decided that even if this large chalkboard was used as a hanging piece, a bottom base might also pull the look all together. Luckily I was able to find enough of the same reclaimed crown molding in my stash to do the bottom portion as well.
TIP After nailing and gluing my crown pieces I do a little sanding right on the joint to better blend the pieces together. You can see that on the right.
Here is the reclaimed hollow core door chalkboard all finished and waiting for it’s new outfit.
Paint and Glaze hollow core door chalkboard project
I used an oops off white chalky paint primer to do a base coat, then used the same paint without plaster of paris to do the top coat. Not shown. I used painter’s caulk in the seams and cracks and it made all the difference—it really makes a project so much neater and cleaner.
Project ideas and a video of "how to glaze painted furniture and more"
Because the top coat is a semi-gloss, the smoked glaze went on a little different. I used a cheap chip brush and a small cloth as needed to make the glaze even. The glaze was applied in more of a dry brush fashion. I don’t wipe off extra glaze on a towel, I just BARELY get the tips of the chip brush wet and apply it with a very light hand.
Because of the design of the door, I did a vertical pattern on each side, but a horizontal pattern above and below the chalkboard area as seen here.
Watch my video of How To Glaze Painted Furniture
Roll on chalkboard paint
I didn’t want to use painter’s tape on the new finish so I bought a new fabulous small foam roller to apply the chalkboard paint. You can see I poured a small puddle of paint and then spread it with the foam roller. I ended up doing four light coats, storing my foam roller in a plastic baggie in between coats.
Hollow Core Door Chalkboard
I LOVE it! I wish I had a place for this repurposed hollow core door chalkboard in my home. It’s really large—standing 50” tall and 36” wide! But because the door is hollow, it doesn’t weigh much at all.
Here it is hanging on the fence because I didn’t have anyplace else to hang it to show it off.
Wouldn’t it look great resting on a buffet in a dining room?
Do you love a great chalkboard as much as I do? I’ve been making chalkboards in some form or fashion since I first started blogging. I have a couple of cupboard door chalkboards hanging in my kitchen.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.