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I have been craving a chalkboard door for a long time. They just look so fun. I was convinced our pantry door would look incredible with a coat of chalkboard paint. My husband was not so sure. I agreed an entire door in chalkboard paint seemed, a) a lot of work, and b) too permanent. Instead I opted for a cheap, quick, easily removable alternative.
I found a roll of chalkboard vinyl at Michael’s for $4.99. The roll was only about 17 inches wide, which was just about perfect for the raised panel of my pantry door. I measured and cut a piece to fit the top half of the door. I peeled back the first few inches of the backing and carefully lined up the top of the vinyl with the top edge of the raised panel. After securing the top few inches, I simply pulled the backing off slowly and applied the rest of the vinyl. I used a credit card to gently smooth out any bubbles. I think I prefer the raised panel chalkboard look over the full door version. It seems a bit cleaner…chalk over an entire door could get pretty messy.
Chalkboard vinyl would work on most door styles. If you don’t have inset or raised panels to “frame” your chalkboard, then consider cutting the vinyl into a cool shape before applying to the door. For a classic look cut the vinyl into a large oval and apply to the flat door. For a little more interest, try cutting an ornate border or a shape like a star or animal.
We use our chalkboard to jot notes to each other, to keep a running list of things to pick up at the store, and occasionally the kids like to doodle on it. I have been toying with the idea of doing the bottom half of the door just for them. I just have not gotten around to buying another roll of vinyl.
Most recently I drew a sign on the chalkboard to welcome out out of town guests. I had a little fun with the sign, highlighting the crazy Minnesota government shutdown, which almost jeopardized our planned trip to the Minnesota zoo.
I have since found a few other uses for the excess chalkboard vinyl that I will share in another post soon.