Project Overview

A chalkboard in the kitchen is the perfect place for meal planning, shopping lists or just messages for the family. We’ll show you how easy it is to transform an old cupboard with louvres into a magnetic chalkboard and the steps that you need to do. Continue to step-by-step instructions
paint roller
View the video
00:12
×

How to paint with a roller

When you’re painting a ceiling with a roller, keep the end of the roller facing the side of the surface that you have already cut in. This will make sure that the roller’s metal frame doesn’t damage your walls.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Remove the cupboard door and hardware
2 Remove the door louvres
3 Prepare the door for painting
4 Measure and attach beading
5 Paint the door frame
6 Prepare the chalkboard panel
7 Apply the magnetic chalkboard paint
8 Attach the chalkboard to the door
  • Step 1. Remove the cupboard door and hardware

    With a screwdriver, carefully remove the cupboard door from it’s hinges. Then take off all the hardware from the door such as hinges, locks and handles to get it ready for sanding and painting.

  • Step 2. Remove the door louvres

    If your cupboard has door louvres, you’ll need to remove these before you start. Place the door on saw horses and carefully cut these off using a jigsaw.
  • Step 3. Prepare the door for painting

    Sanding the door surface will give the door a nice even finish and help the new paint to stick to the surface. After sanding, use a damp rag to wipe the door down to remove any fine dust. You could also fill any holes with builder’s bog if you need to.

  • Step 4. Measure and attach beading

    Next you’ll need to measure and attach beading around the door panel where you cut the louvres from. Cut your beading to size with a mitre saw. Then glue and nail the beading down to secure. A good tip is to make sure the top edge of the beading is flush with the front edge of the door. You can also use some filler in the spots where you’ve nailed.

  • Step 5. Paint the door frame

    Give the door and frame a coat of dark coloured paint that will match the chalkboard.

  • Step 6. Prepare the chalkboard panel

    For the chalkboard panel, measure and cut out a piece of MDF board to fit in the space where you removed the louvres and attached the beading. Give the board a coat of primer to seal it before you apply the magnetic chalkboard paint.

  • Step 7. Apply the magnetic chalkboard paint

    After the primer has dried, you’re ready to apply magnetic chalkboard paint to your MDF board panel. Give the can a good shake to mix the paint and apply a few coats evenly for a great finish. A good tip is to spray the can from end to end for the first coat, side to side for the second coat and alternate for any additional coats that you need.

  • Step 8. Attach the chalkboard to the door

    Once the chalkboard has dried, you just have to securely fix the board into place within the door. You can use screws or glue to do this. Then attach the door back into place and you’re ready to start making notes on your cupboard.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Chisel
  • Drop sheets
  • Dust mask
  • Filler
  • Gloves
  • Jigsaw
  • Mitre saw
  • Nail gun
  • Paint brush
  • Saw horses
  • Screwdriver
  • Sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Tape measure

Materials

  • Builders bog
  • Glue
  • Magnetic chalkboard spray paint
  • MDF
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Rag
  • Screws
  • Timber bead
hydrangea

Planting & Growing How to create an allergy-friendly garden If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezi...

pallet coffee table

Outdoor Living Five D.I.Y. ideas to update your outdoors Autumn is a great time of the year to tick off a few D.I.Y. projects from your to-do list. Here are a few good ideas to get you started.

pot

Planters How to choose the right plant pot Pots are a great way to add colour, interest or texture to your outdoor space. Tuscan Path’s Elaine Foster shares her top tips on how to choose the perfect pot.

sunflower

Planting & Growing How to plant and care for sunflowers Sunflowers are a great way to add colour to your garden, and they’re easy to grow and care for. Bunnings Greenlife buyer Katie explains the basics of how to grow sunflowers and shares some tips on how to care for them.

orchid

Planting & Growing How to care for orchids Orchids are a low-maintenance flower that can be grown indoors or outside in a protected location. And, with a little care, they will provide you with lots of colour.

DIY balcony and courtyard garden

Planters D.I.Y. balcony and courtyard garden Even if your outdoor space is limited to a balcony or courtyard, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having a garden. The team at Tuscan Path, who have been supplying pots to the Australian marketplace for over 40 years, share some ideas on how ...

 kitchen benchtop materials

Benchtops & Cabinets A guide to kitchen benchtop materials The perfect benchtop will add style to any kitchen. It’ll also see the most action, so choosing the right benchtop for your kitchen – and budget – is an important decision explains Bunnings Kitchen Designer Ben Carey.

Top of the content