D.I.Y. upcycled chalkboard cabinet

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D.I.Y. upcycled chalkboard cabinet

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Project Overview

A chalkboard cabinet gives you somewhere to store your tools and a place to write up lists or plans for your next project. Learn how with Bunnings Warehouse. D.I.Y. chalkboard cabinet Continue to step-by-step instructions
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How to cover hinges and screws when painting

When you’re painting, sometimes it’s hard to avoid getting paint on screws or hinges. An easy way to fix this is by applying a little Vaseline. Then it doesn’t matter if they get smeared with paint because you can just wipe the Vaseline away, leaving you with a nice clean finish.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Clean the cabinet
2 Remove handles and hardware
3 Putty up any holes or cracks
4 Drill the holes for the handle
5 Paint the cabinet
6 Attach the handles
7 Fix the cabinet to the wall
  • Step 1. Clean the cabinet

    It’s important to make sure the cabinet is clean before you paint it. To do this, mix sugar soap in a bucket of water and scrub the cabinet clean with a sponge, making sure you remove all the grease and grime.
  • Step 2. Remove handles and hardware

    Use a screwdriver to remove any handles or hardware from the cabinet.
  • Step 3. Putty up any holes or cracks

    Use a putty knife to fill any holes or cracks in the cabinet with putty. Overfill the holes and wait until the putty has dried. Then put on your safety glasses, dust mask and ear muffs to sand the putty back until it’s smooth and level with the cabinet surface.
  • Step 4. Drill the holes for the handle

    Use a pencil to mark where you would like the handle for the cabinet to go. Use a cordless drill to make two holes. Use a cloth to wipe away any dust on the cabinet.
  • Step 5. Paint the cabinet

    Mix the chalkboard paint thoroughly with a paint stirrer. Then paint the cabinet all over with your paintbrush. After the first coat dries, apply the second coat and even a third if required. For quick results, chalkboard paint also comes in an aerosol can.
  • Step 6. Attach the handles

    Once the paint has dried, use the screwdriver and screws to attach the handle to the cabinet
  • Step 7. Fix the cabinet to the wall

    Fix the cabinet to the wall

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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