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Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Chalkboard Pantry Doors

Last summer (2009) I found this picture

at Better Homes and Gardens, while searching for kitchen inspiration pictures. Of course, I must admit to wishing my pantry was as big as this, but it is what it is! It doesn't mean, however, that it has to be either ugly or boring! ;)

(Which it was.)

Here is a "before" picture of our pantry doors. I actually finished the doors last February, and posted on them at my other blog, Nest to Keep. BUT, I learned something important:

If you use green chalk, and then, while trying to clean it off, smear it on the white trim, it makes the trim green. Permanently.

So being the perfectionist I am, I repainted them. So here they are, "take two"!

There is a "grooved" design around the edges of the cabinet, which separated the chalkboard from the "trim" around the outer part, which I painted white. It is really difficult to make a clean, crisp edge between the two colors.

But that's where this came in:

Have you seen these paint pens you can buy?
They saved my life. Practically.

I used the black, medium tipped ones and they were able to make a clean line dividing the chalkboard paint from the white part. (It was a lot harder to do with the doors already hung up. It was a cleaner and crisper line the first time around when I painted them while they were laid flat on a table, but I eventually just had to call it "good enough".)

And then I hid all the green chalk.

Here below is a better picture of the doors, although I don't think it's the best picture of the kitchen itself! You can see all I am still working on, including the crown molding! And our very ugly stove to the left of the pantry...but the good news is my husband is just about to start rewiring our "new" vintage stove we will be installing! (Hopefully this fall, if everything goes well!)

Oh, and yes, I changed my mind about the bead board on the back of the upper cabinets...


I am repainting them white, and I love it so far! It feels so much cleaner and open!

I am linking this to:

Under the Table and Dreaming

Between Naps on the Porch

Domestically Speaking

The Shabby Nest

Tatertots and Jello

Well, that is all for me for now! I sure do hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Thank you for taking the time to stop by!




Angie - Big Bears Wife said...

what a great idea! We dont have a pantry door but this would be awesome to do in my craft room! Love it!

Erin said...

Jenni, this is great!!! I love how it looks and the transformation of your kitchen is amazing. Can't wait to see more :)

Unknown said...

Very nice, Jenni! You just reminded me that I never shared the full view of mine (just the sneak peak). Oops. Thank you. Better add that to October list. So I love your doors & love your floors! Do you use your door all the time? I love the darn thing. That chalkboard paint is addicting though...I almost needed therapy. You?


::cottage instincts:: said...

WEll now, how did I miss this bloggy of yours? It's delightful :) I am about ready to make a chalkboard on my pantry doors too...great inspiration!

the cape on the corner said...

that looks fantastic! i love the shape of the doors (even tho they gave you trouble) and the crystal knobs! wish i could do this, but more surfaces for me to make lists on is not a good idea!

Debra @ Life in a 320 square foot home said...

OH...MY...GOODNESS! You are amazing! Do you just think of these things while you sleep? You never can rest! Well done! :-)

Robin Beck said...

LOVE IT!! Thanks for all the pics too. I love when bloggers put lots of pictures on so we can really see what things look like!

Debra said...

That turned out great! I just love chalkboard paint.

Mrs. Nancy G said...

Very cool! LOVE the inspiration!

Jen @ said...

So cute Jenni!

Your kitchen is just adorable!! So pretty!


Anonymous said...

Your doors look great! Your kitchen is really coming along nicely!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a fun idea - I love chalkboard paint and I know my kiddos would love this!

About Southern Belle said...

{sigh} Seeing pictures of your home makes me happy!

Michelle said...

What a fabulous idea, I might give it a try in my kitchen

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Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your attention to detail! My family calls it...OCD! I laugh at them! I say that I have great attention to detail! I love your chalk board cabinets! You did an amzing job!

Keep up the fabulous work on you home!

Deborah said...

Beautiful! I love the contrast of the black and white!!!
Awesome job!! :)

Deborah xoxo

fleurcottage said...

i love this...would you do this in a new kitchen? i'm getting a new kitchen put in & was debating whether i wanted to chalkboard a small section of a front facing side of a cabinet - it feels a tad scary to do it! :)

kitchen pantry storage cabinet said...

Beautiful!! Thanks for all the pics too

Milliscent Morgan said...

I found this blog so nice for giving such a good info about Pantry Doors.

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