How to build a chalkboard cupboard

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How to build a chalkboard cupboard

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Project Overview

A chalkboard in the kitchen is the perfect place for meal planning, shopping lists or just messages for the family. We’ll show you how easy it is to transform an old cupboard with louvres into a magnetic chalkboard and the steps that you need to do. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Remove the cupboard door and hardware
2 Remove the door louvres
3 Prepare the door for painting
4 Measure and attach beading
5 Paint the door frame
6 Prepare the chalkboard panel
7 Apply the magnetic chalkboard paint
8 Attach the chalkboard to the door
  • Step 1. Remove the cupboard door and hardware

    With a screwdriver, carefully remove the cupboard door from it’s hinges. Then take off all the hardware from the door such as hinges, locks and handles to get it ready for sanding and painting.

  • Step 2. Remove the door louvres

    If your cupboard has door louvres, you’ll need to remove these before you start. Place the door on saw horses and carefully cut these off using a jigsaw.
  • Step 3. Prepare the door for painting

    Sanding the door surface will give the door a nice even finish and help the new paint to stick to the surface. After sanding, use a damp rag to wipe the door down to remove any fine dust. You could also fill any holes with builder’s bog if you need to.

  • Step 4. Measure and attach beading

    Next you’ll need to measure and attach beading around the door panel where you cut the louvres from. Cut your beading to size with a mitre saw. Then glue and nail the beading down to secure. A good tip is to make sure the top edge of the beading is flush with the front edge of the door. You can also use some filler in the spots where you’ve nailed.

  • Step 5. Paint the door frame

    Give the door and frame a coat of dark coloured paint that will match the chalkboard.

  • Step 6. Prepare the chalkboard panel

    For the chalkboard panel, measure and cut out a piece of MDF board to fit in the space where you removed the louvres and attached the beading. Give the board a coat of primer to seal it before you apply the magnetic chalkboard paint.

  • Step 7. Apply the magnetic chalkboard paint

    After the primer has dried, you’re ready to apply magnetic chalkboard paint to your MDF board panel. Give the can a good shake to mix the paint and apply a few coats evenly for a great finish. A good tip is to spray the can from end to end for the first coat, side to side for the second coat and alternate for any additional coats that you need.

  • Step 8. Attach the chalkboard to the door

    Once the chalkboard has dried, you just have to securely fix the board into place within the door. You can use screws or glue to do this. Then attach the door back into place and you’re ready to start making notes on your cupboard.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Chisel
  • Drop sheets
  • Dust mask
  • Filler
  • Gloves
  • Jigsaw
  • Mitre saw
  • Nail gun
  • Paint brush
  • Saw horses
  • Screwdriver
  • Sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Tape measure

Materials

  • Builders bog
  • Glue
  • Magnetic chalkboard spray paint
  • MDF
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Rag
  • Screws
  • Timber bead

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.
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