Chalkboard Pantry

We have tons of Ikea furniture. Sadly a lot of it is the birch color and I hate it. We bought most of it back when Ikea only offered a few colors. This project turned one of those birch pieces into a much better color.

Here’s the before.

Here it is with the door off and all the random holes filled and sanded. This cabinet has been around awhile and used in lots of different places so it needed some love.

After it was all sanded I put two coats or primer on it.

If you have ever tried to paint Ikea furniture before you know paint does not stick but I have read that people had success with sanding and priming. I was a bit skeptical but I figured I would give it a try. And it worked really great! It took a long time but the end result is definitely worth it. No peeling or bubbling of paint.

Then 3 coats of chalk board paint.

Next I peeled off all the tape I put on to keep my lines straight and hung the door back. I found a package of 6 black door handles at Ikea for $2.99. What a deal! (now I just need to find something to do with the rest of them, but it was cheaper to buy 6 then 1.

On the other side I hung a lantern that we recently got on a weekend trip to Cape Cod.

The Chalkboard paint was $10 for a quart at Home Depot. I only used about a quarter of the can so now I have to find more things to paint…

And if you were wondering. Yes there is a lobster and a shark hanging out on top.


I put this project up on the Pinterest Challenge hosted by Sherry of Young House Love and Katie from Bower Power. Check out their blogs. They are awesome!

I pinned a few chalkboard projects but this one is my favorite – photo from here.


Sanding and Priming for the 4th of July

Since I had the day off and no plans I thought it would be a prefect day to start a new project. So I spent my holiday sanding and priming. Here’s a hint at what I have planned.

I have always wanted to paint something with Chalk Board paint and I have seen it all over the internet lately. ¬†Since I rent it’s hard to paint a wall in my apartment black. So I finally found something I can use it on. I’ll post pictures as soon as it’s all finished. The box says I have to wait 3 days before I can write on it. That’s going to take a lot of patience.