Painting A Chalkboard Door

I’m about to show you a project NEVER BEFORE SEEN in blogland.  I know because I’ve googled it, searched it on Pinterest, looked on my friends’ blogs… Okay.  That’s a lie.  A really big one.  Chalkboard projects are everywhere.  Walls, doors, wood slices, jars, wall art, inside of pantries, coffee tables and so on.

I’ll be honest.  I’ve resisted.  I said I would NEVER do it.  But it got to me.  Maybe in 10 years we’ll look back and roll our eyes at our crazy obsession with chalkboard paint.  However, today I’ll celebrate my official jumping on board the chalkboard bandwagon.

We have 2 back doors.  One goes to the back yard, and one goes to the garage.  The one that goes to the garage is pretty hideous, and that’s giving it a compliment.  It’s hidden from pictures most of the time, just because of its location.  This ugly old thing is about to get ambushed.

Painting Chalkboard on a back door

This project cost less than $20.  WHAT?!  Yeah.  I figured chalkboard paint would be a little pricey, but it is definitely not.  $9 for the can.  I also picked up a Hi-Density Foam roller kit made for doors to keep things smooth.  You guys, the door took less than half a can.  Imagine all the things I can chalkboard attack with all the left overs.  It’s dangerous.  It’s an illness now that I’ve given in.  The chalkboard plague has struck.

Chalkboard paint supplies

Like always, I only use FrogTape.  Bleeds are not something to be risked.

How to paint Chalkboard

After one coat, it looked like this.

Painting a Chalkboard Door

After 2 coats (we probably would have been fine, but I wanted a solid 3).

How to paint a chalkboard

Awww, and the beautiful 3rd coat.  I followed the instructions on the box to a tee, and waited 4 hours between each coat.  It was ridiculously hard to wait because after about 30 mins the paint is dry to the touch.

Painting a Chalkboard

When painting a chalkboard surface the most important thing to remember is to season it.

The reason seasoning a chalkboard is so important is because chalkboards are very porous.  If you don’t season it properly, the first thing you write may get “burned” into the chalkboard.

You season it by first rubbing the side of a piece of chalk vertical, and then horizontal.  This will fill in all the porous holes that may exist in the surface.

How To Season A Chalkboard

Seasoning a Chalkboard

After that you can erase it using a felt eraser, or a damp cloth.  I wouldn’t recommend paper towels.  They leave behind lots of shreds.

Then you’re game for writing whatever comes to your creative mind.

Of course my lopsided free-hand typography could use some work.

DIY Painted Chalkboard Back Door

Now at least our back garage door can hide in style and on trend.

How To Paint a Chalkboard Door

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  • Nancy

    Great idea. I love the door.

    • Kenz

      Thanks so much Nancy!!

  • Bethany Kline

    it looks WAY better! and your freehand typography is impressive actually! Also did you know that they make chalk markers now? look em up. the are a little pricey (def more than regular chalk) but it looks really cool. 🙂 and no powdery fingers, it makes me cringe just thinking about it…… blech!

    • Kenz

      I HATE powdery fingers. Oh my gosh, when I was seasoning the door, my finger nails kept catching the board. It was horrid. But I sacrificed them, and cut them down so I could finish the project. Haha, that’s how you KNOW you have dedication. I should look into those chalk markers. They sound wicked cool!

  • OK, I’m seriously impressed with your calligraphy skills! We’ll never be jumping on this particular bandwagon because of our kids (teens). We had a chalkboard hanging in our kitchen for a brief time, and they just didn’t play well with it. Too many squabbles. When it got unkind, the board came down!

    • Kenz

      Ohhhh, that makes a lot of sense! Things you don’t think about when you don’t have teenagers. haha!

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    This looks WWAYYYY better than the brown. Way Better.

    • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

      Also, mine would get covered in explicit passive aggressive things to my husband- such as “WOULD YOU PLEASE TAKE THE F*in TRASH OUT. LOVE,WIFE”

      • Kenz

        ha, it’s only a matter of time until the chalkboard door gets used for a bunch of swears and inappropriate things 🙂

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    much improved!!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! It’s the function that I’m most thrilled about 🙂

  • Who cares if it’s been done before? i love it.

    • Kenz

      True story! I love it too 🙂

  • Michelle

    You did this post wrong. You are supposed to claim that you invented chalk board paint. That’s true blogger style right there. It looks awesome in your kitchen!

    • Kenz

      Dang it. You’re right. “I am the inventor of chalk board paint” sounds sooo much cooler. Next time… next time.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art

    I have never seen such a thing before 🙂 🙂 :). But honestly I still love a good chalkboard door 🙂 Yours is perfect!!

    • Kenz

      What’s NOT to love about chalkboard doors?!

  • Funny! Love it! xo Kristin

    • Kenz

      haha Thanks Kirstin!

  • Gretchen

    Perfect solution for an ugly door! (and, btw, that other door next to it? we have the exact same door going out to our garage. I thought you were going to chalkboard paint it, and I got all excited).

    • Kenz

      It definitely is the perfect solution to an ugly ir-replaceable fois boix door 🙂 I’m so glad we have the same other door! Door-buddies 4 lyf!

  • Candice Rigtrup

    LOVE chalkboard doors!
    Not that I’m claiming to have been original at the time…but my mom and I did this to some doors in our old house about 13 years ago. 0_o People thought we were weird back then. haha.
    When your little gets bigger, keep some chalk available for little doodles on the bottom. My sibs loved it way back when 🙂

    • Kenz

      You are totes original Candice! (Ps, I MISS YOU!)
      People always think the creative people are weird… I get the oddest looks from my neighbors ALL THE TIME when I’m working on a project outside.
      Won’t it be the cutest when the Little sits on the floor and scribbles at the bottom? I can hardly wait!

  • Cassie Bustamante

    HAHA! the quote on it is the best and needed in my house as i ihave a wall, two doors, no make that 4 doors…. um 3 or 4, no maybe 5, other chalkboards… do i have a problem?

    • Kenz

      hahahaha oh man! I am soon to be in the same boat Cassie. I still have so much chalkboard paint left, and I want to paint EVERYTHING now! It’s dangerous. No surface is safe 🙂

  • girlwithgreenbanana

    I like it a lot. Good job mama

    • Kenz

      Thanks gurl. I like YOU a lot.

  • I love your “new” door! I still haven’t jumped on the chalkboard bandwagon but I’m tempted to!

    • Kenz

      I was like that for a LONG time. But I’m really happy I finally did it. It’s been so much fun. And I still have over half a can left… One of these days Aaron is going to come home from work and I’ll have chalkboarded ALL THE THINGS!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    I mean, how could you not??? That door is perfect for chalk paint and I love it!

    • Kenz

      Right?? I’m glad you understand! Thank you!

  • thediynurse

    haha I love it! And you have some amazing typography skills girl!

    • Kenz

      Thank you!! haha, I’m definitely going to be working on those skillz for sure!

  • eranfaraway

    Love it! Yes, it has been done before, but so has placing a couch in a living room! You don’t have to be completely original every time you post, as long as you’re authentic! I recently jumped on the chalkboard paint bandwagon too, only I use it on canning jars and homebrew bottles. Glad to see things are coming together!

    • Kenz

      You are true! I’m glad we live in a day where chalkboards and living room sofas can be lumped together 🙂 I love the idea of chalkboarding jars and bottles! It’s a great way to label them and erase it when you reuse it. I can’t tell you how many of my moms mason jars have ’97 written, then crossed out, then ’01 next to that… and so on. So long sharpies!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    I’m laughing and simultaneously jealous that you can write on a chalkboard wall…er door so well.

    • Kenz

      haha well thank you! Chalkboard doors are definitely made for being snarky.

  • Anu

    The door looks so much better with the chalkboard paint. Your chalkboard writing skills are wonderful!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Anu! It has been so much fun already 🙂

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    my husband recently got into the chalkboard paint. We now have a great wood carrier next to the fireplace. I balked at the idea for so long and now I want to paint more things with chalkboard paint.

    • Kenz

      Ohhh that sounds so cool! Chalkboarded wood carrier!
      Chalkboard paint is so addicting.

  • With a quart of chalkboard paint, you could very well paint ever non moving surface in the house. An some moving, too.

    The pugs looks awesome in chalkboard.

    Seriously though, your door looks great. And you are going to have fun using it. And your chalkboard art at the bottom cracked me

    • Kenz

      I’m loving having the chalkboard so much already. haha, the pups would look great in chalkboard!

  • I am doing this to my kitchen pantry this January (it is my January resolution!). I am so excited (and certainly behind in the chalkboard craze). I was wondering, do you have to sand the door before you paint it?

    • kenz

      Hi Summer! I’m excited to see how your door turns out. We did NOT sand our door previous. We had no problems at all 🙂

  • Emily

    Did you prime the door before applying the chalk paInt?

  • Jimmika L. Robinson

    Did you use any primer for this?