I have a fondness for old doors. I see so many different possibilities in each one I come across. This particular door was quite a find. One morning, while taking my girls to school, I noticed this door on the side of the road. Of course, my head twisted all the way around as I tried to figure out if it was free or not!! I dropped the girls off and came back. The door was still there and the owner was out in her yard so I asked if it was up for grabs and luckily she said yes. While I forced the big ole door into my tiny little car, she looked at me like I was insane! Keep in mind, the door was missing glass in a few of the panes and she, unfortunately, could not see the beauty in it. My gain!!!!
I brought the door home and it sat in my home for quite a while before I could decide exactly what I wanted to do with it. So many possibilities!!!! I tried a few different looks with it, but nothing really stood out to me, then it hit me…I need a chalkboard and not just any chalkboard…I needed a weekly memory verse chalkboard for myself and my family. Wheels started turning and within a few hours I was tearing the door apart, adding new pieces and finishing it up!!!
This was the door in its original glory: (warning—-these pictures include my very messy workshop 🙂 )
To get the door ready I had to break out the glass panes. I laid an old sheet down and wrapped it around the door so the glass would not fly everywhere and would also be an easy cleanup. This was the fun part! I took the hammer to each pane and knocked the glass clean out and then, with gloves on, pulled any pieces that were still in the panes out.
By this time, I was getting a little tired so I pulled the hubby in and had him remove all of the panes for me:
Once the panes were removed, my awesome hubby cut me a piece of plywood to fit inside the door where the panes used to be and added trim around the plywood. Being the frugal female that I am, I used the wood from an old canvas to create the trim. I had the hubby cut the pieces and fit them in like a puzzle:
I then painted the entire piece with my black chalk paint. For this piece I used Maison Blanche – Wrought Iron for the base and the chalkboard area. I then painted the door and trim with Maison Blance – Vanille. After it all dried I distressed it to my liking ( I apologize this picture is blurry…I took these with my phone and thought it was clear – but you get the idea):
At this point I chose to add the words to the top of the chalkboard since this is a special board for weekly scripture memory for my family. You could add your own spin to it or leave it blank. After adding the words I finished off the door and trim with Maison Blanche Antique Wax, buffed it after it was dry and seasoned the chalk board with chalk:
After seasoning the chalk board I erased all of the excess and viola!!!! The hubby helped me hang it with a special hanger for heavy artwork and the final result is:
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it will be helpful for you and your next vintage door project!!!! Please feel free to follow our blog for future DIY projects!!!!