D.I.Y. upcycled chalkboard cabinet

chris johnson
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D.I.Y. upcycled chalkboard cabinet

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Project Overview

A chalkboard cabinet gives you somewhere to store your tools and a place to write up lists or plans for your next project. Learn how with Bunnings Warehouse. D.I.Y. chalkboard cabinet Continue to step-by-step instructions
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How to cover hinges and screws when painting

When you’re painting, sometimes it’s hard to avoid getting paint on screws or hinges. An easy way to fix this is by applying a little Vaseline. Then it doesn’t matter if they get smeared with paint because you can just wipe the Vaseline away, leaving you with a nice clean finish.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Attach the handles
2 Clean the cabinet
3 Drill the holes for the handle
4 Fix the cabinet to the wall
5 Paint the cabinet
6 Putty up any holes or cracks
7 Remove handles and hardware
  • Step 1. Attach the handles

    Once the paint has dried, use the screwdriver and screws to attach the handle to the cabinet
  • Step 2. Clean the cabinet

    It’s important to make sure the cabinet is clean before you paint it. To do this, mix sugar soap in a bucket of water and scrub the cabinet clean with a sponge, making sure you remove all the grease and grime.
  • Step 3. Drill the holes for the handle

    Use a pencil to mark where you would like the handle for the cabinet to go. Use a cordless drill to make two holes. Use a cloth to wipe away any dust on the cabinet.
  • Step 4. Fix the cabinet to the wall

    Fix the cabinet to the wall
  • Step 5. Paint the cabinet

    Mix the chalkboard paint thoroughly with a paint stirrer. Then paint the cabinet all over with your paintbrush. After the first coat dries, apply the second coat and even a third if required. For quick results, chalkboard paint also comes in an aerosol can.
  • Step 6. Putty up any holes or cracks

    Use a putty knife to fill any holes or cracks in the cabinet with putty. Overfill the holes and wait until the putty has dried. Then put on your safety glasses, dust mask and ear muffs to sand the putty back until it’s smooth and level with the cabinet surface.
  • Step 7. Remove handles and hardware

    Use a screwdriver to remove any handles or hardware from the cabinet.

Tools and Materials


  • Clamps x2
  • Cordless drill
  • Impact driver
  • Phillips head bit
  • Large carpenters square
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Orbital sander or sanding block
  • Pencil


  • 17mm x 1500mm x 400mm form ply x 2
  • 17mm x 420mm x 600mm form ply
  • 17mm x 1500mm x 400mm form ply
  • 17mm x 1500mm x 600mm form ply
  • 17mm x 270mm x 400mm form ply x 3
  • 30mm black timber screws
  • 12mm screws
  • Lockable casters x 4
  • Carnauba wax
  • PVA wood glue
  • Rag
  • 120 and 80 grit sandpaper
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