These three chalkboards are actually doors without the glass in them. Several months ago while I was still working my “day” job, my good friend Sarah Simpson let me know about this fantastic place to get doors from to use in upcycling projects called ReUse Centers. If you are near the Cincinnati area the Reuse Centers are a treasure trove of building products. They receive donated building grade products from companies and private individuals. These are overstocks or items that are normally headed for the dumpster, they are then sold in their stores. They network with Reset Ministries, who help people with the training and preparation to get back into the market place. Just look at all of these doors!
My oldest daughter and I found four unfinished doors that had empty panels in them, just perfect for putting a chalkboard in the middle! We brought them home along with a few other doors that I was certain I would use (eventually). It took us awhile to get them all loaded into my Ford Escape in a way where I would still be able to drive, have room for my daughter and get all the doors in, I was not leaving any behind!
Off to Lowes where I bought a sheet of plywood and had them cut it down to the size and in the quantity I needed (they are always so helpful, and I am not receiving any compensation for mentioning them, its just my favorite place to shop for hardwareish things).
The doors were each painted with various Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors, some were distressed and some just given a wash. The plywood was painted with chalkboard paint. (Valspar has no idea who I am, this was just what I had on hand). I stapled the chalkboard panels into the doorframes, put some hooks on the back, added a little embellishment and now I have three beautiful upcycled doors looking for a new home (I left one unfished, for special requests).