Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Repurposed Vintage Door

I've been on a chalkboard kick --and a door kick-- if you haven't noticed.  When I saw this door with its missing glass insert I knew that that space needed a chalkboard.

But of course I couldn't stop there.  I thought it needed a shelf too.  I found a board in my stash that was the same width as the door.  I just happened to have these vintage brackets too that would perfectly support the shelf.  They're rusty iron.  Yummm. (Sometimes being a hoarder works for me.)

Vintage Iron Brackets

I cut a piece of wood to the size of the opening then I primed it and then painted it with chalkboard paint.  I needed to remove the trim molding before I inserted the chalkboard.  I wedged a putty knife between the molding and the door frame and pressed the molding loose.  When the molding was out, there was a lip around the opening.  I rested the chalkboard on the lip to support it, then reattached the trim to hold the chalkboard in place.

Door trim molding reattached over chalkboard.

I also painted the shelf with chalkboard paint and attached it with the brackets.
I decided that the door needed a number too and added one.

Side view of door with shelf and number.

I think it looks pretty good for a funky chippy door.

So, are you ready to tackle a door?
I wanted to share some other ideas to get you started.  This is similar to what I did.


 I added a sawhorse to this door and created a table.


 This one is from Country Living Magazine.

Add burlap and nail head.

What do you think about doors as coffee tables?


I love the sconce on this door.


Create a horizontal chalkboard variation.

If you're in need of an entry bench or something for your mud room, this works.

You could also display art on doors.

Make a bookcase.


This has to be my favorite.  Would you be brave enough to do this?


I'd love to see what you've done with doors.


To see my other chalkboard creations go here.
To see how I made a table with an old door and sawhorses go here.


  1. Love this post and love what your new chalkboard door! I really, really want an old door with character to put behind a table in my great room. Naturally this post was right up my alley of interests right now.

  2. i absolutely love the red door! it looks amazing, kathy!!