I was cleaning out my old shed and found this door off of one of my old cabinets. I threw it into the fire, and literally pulled it back out when I realized that maybe I could make something out of it. My idea - a chalkboard.
Here's how I did it.
First I cleaned it and sanded it down. I left a lot of the old varnish so that the paint would look distressed. I took off the old door handle but left the rusty hinges for an authentic effect.
Next I painted it with several coats of black chalkboard paint.
Then I painted a cream color over the white layer
I sanded down the edges to make it look old and distressed.
Then I added the hardware. I took an new handle and painted it with black paint. Then I dabbed rust and brown craft paint over it to make it look old and rusty to match the hinges.
Then I was able to use it on my mantle for a Christmas decoration. I can't wait to use it all year for whatever holiday comes next.