Repurposed Antique Cabinet Door into Chalkboard

We got about 5-6″ of snow Friday night and Saturday morning, so it looks like a winter wonderland outside my house.  The roads are all clear now, but being snowed in all day Saturday had its benefits – one of which was being able to stay home and get a lot of work done.
I started sewing new Christmas stockings for my family, and started working on a book page wreath and a chalkboard that some customers ordered.  I created a new sign, as well as a few other projects, which I’ll also show you later in the week also.
A few weeks ago, I brought home a big antique cabinet door from the auction.  It didn’t look like anything special and was leaning up against a wall, with other things stacked in front of it.  The auctioneer almost passed it up, until I pointed out to him that he forgot to start the big on it.  It was really dirty and the side that was facing the crowd was super chippy paint.  I normally love chippy paint, but this paint was falling off in big chunks and the color wasn’t attractive, so I was the only bidder (yay!)
The backside of the door was completely unpainted and unfinished, other than a few drips of paint that had run from the other side, and the inset wood had a really nice beveled edge.  I sanded the frame down to remove the paint drips and stained it, then brush-painted chalkboard paint on the inset panel.

Antique Cabinet Door Chalkboard via Knick of Time
The front side has the metal keyhole plate, but I love the keyhole showing on the back also.

Antique Cabinet Door Keyhole Chalkboard via Knick of Time

When I sanded the wood down, it had some beautiful color tones and aging.

Antique Cabinet Door Chalkboard via Knick of Time

It has both of the original hinges, although the top one is broke.  I decided to leave them both attached, because I think they attest to the age of the door and don’t detract from its appearance.

It’s a large door, measuring 50 x 21, and definitely is a focal point kind of chalkboard.  It is available in my shop here, but it’s one of those pieces I’ll be perfectly happy to keep if it doesn’t sell.



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  1. Looks good Angie … You are really doing good at the auctions and having fun too.
    God Bless,
    Audrey Z.@ Timeless Treasures.

  2. Very pretty and such a great size, too!

  3. Looks great Angie…don’t ya luv it when you get a great deal? Enjoy all that snow.


  4. Love it Angie! The old hinges and key hole give it so much character.

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