Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors

Last year in an attempt to declutter the workshop, we dismantled a corner media cabinet that I was going to "do something with one day". One day turned into months and then into years and it was decided the likelihood of me doing anything with it was slim. As Mr. Frugalista dismantled the cabinet, I grabbed anything thought worthy of salvaging despite the eye rolls of the dismantler.

Fast-forward a year to this month's Thrifty Chicks Chalkboard challenge, a perfect example of why I don't throw anything out. The two doors from that salvaged cabinet were repurposed into a Chalkboard Message Center fit for a princess.

Chalkboard Message Center Fit For A Princess

Chalkboard Message Center With Cabinet Doors

Before I get into the details of how I made my Chalkboard Message Center, I should tell you a little about the Thrifty Chicks. On the second Wednesday of every month, my creative junk loving friends and I come together to transform, upcycle or repurpose a junk find based on a theme.

Thrifty Chicks Monthly Themed Blog Hop

In case you missed it, last month's challenge was to repurpose a License Plate. I turned mine into Children's License Plate Art for my grandson's room at our house.

Chalkboard Message Center Video Tutorial

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These are the cabinet doors and thankfully, I kept the knobs too.

Salvaged Cabinet Doors for Message Center

Remember the Student Desk That Went All Glam? I decided to go girly girl glam with my chalkboard message center too and pair it with the desk. The desk and chair are at my booth at the Blue Jar Antique Mall and this will be heading there soon too.

Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors

The doors are painted using the leftover custom pink chalk paint from the desk. Pictured below is after the first coat and it only took two coats for complete coverage. The paint is protected with Best Dang Wax by Dixie Belle Paint Company.

Chalkboard Message Center Custom Pink Chalk Paint

The recessed part of one door is painted with two coats of craft chalkboard paint.

Tip 1: Did you know another option for making chalkboards is using flat latex paint or chalk paint?

Chalkboard Paint on Salvaged Cabinet Door

Tip 2: DIY Chalkboards do have to be seasoned before being used. Simply rub the side of a stick of chalk along the board both vertically and horizontally and wipe with a clean rag.

A sheet of cork board is cut to fit into the recess of the other door.

Corkboard for recessed salvaged cabinet door

And then embellished in pink with a Polka Dot Stencil.

Stenciled Corkboard for Chalkboard Message Center

It is attached to the door with E6000 glue.

Message Center Cork Board on Salvaged Cabinet Door

The doors are joined together with metal bracket wood connectors - can't get any easier than that.

Chalkboard Center Cabinet Doors joined with metal brackets

Now to add some gold bling to the message center. The original wood knobs and two silver bulldog paper clips are painted with Rustoleum Metallic Pure Gold Spray Paint. Once dry the paint is protected with two coats of Rustoleum Matte Clear Coat.

Gold Spray Painted Accessories for Chalkboard Message Center

To add a little more bling mini round mirrors are attached to the circles on the top of each bulldog clip with E6000 glue.

Chalkboard Message Center Gold Bulldog Clips

The clips are attached to the middle of the chalkboard message center with wood screws. One to hold a stick of chalk and the other to hold a sticky note pad.

Message Center Chalkboard On Salvaged Cabinet Door

Two D-ring picture hangers are attached to the back of the frame and it is ready to hang.

Chalkboard Message Center D-Ring Hangers

I am so happy to finally put some of those salvaged cabinet pieces to good use. Cabinet doors make the perfect Chalkboard Message Center don't you think? If you enjoyed this repurpose please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors
Do you save scraps of wood, furniture parts, and bits & pieces from things that may come in handy one day? I'd love to hear your stories in the comment section below.

Please join me in visiting my friend's blogs to see how they repurposed the items pictured below and turned them into a chalkboard.

Chalkboard Wall In The Pantry by Lora B. Create & Ponder
Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors by The Interior Frugalista
Chalkboards In Any Color by The Vintage Cottage
Quick & Easy Cookie Sheet Chalkboard by Thrifty Rebel Vintage

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