Friday, January 11, 2013

How to Make an Upcycled Sandwich Board

Ah the wonders of chalkboard paint!  You can turn just about any piece of trash into a work of art or something that is super useful with a few strokes of a brush.  Today, I'll show you my new sandwich board that I plan to use at craft fairs this Spring.

Lovely, eh?  Want to give one a whirl for yourself?  It would make a great chalkboard for a wee little one's playroom too.  To make yours, gather up the following supplies:

  • Two kitchen cabinet doors of the same size. Habitat for Humanity's ReStore is a great source for these.
  • Chalkboard paint (you can make your own if you don't have any laying around the house - or don't feel like giving your right arm and leg for it)
  • A couple strips of fabric about an inch or two wide and 10" long.  I'm  using strips of denim from an old pair of jeans but you could use an old belt or anything that will keep the two doors from sliding all the way open
  • 4 Nails or decorative brads
  • 2 hinges (mine were still attached to the cabinets when I bought them)
  • Screwdriver and screws to fit the hinges 
My doors from ReStore
Let's start by prepping and painting  those doors.
  • Remove all the existing hardware and set it aside for later use
  • Sand the doors down so that the existing paint or finish is no longer shiny.
  • Prime both sides completely
  • Paint the front and back.   If you plan to paint a border that is not chalkboard paint like mine, I suggest you do your painting opposite the way I did it.  So start by painting the back side and the border.  Then glaze with a protective glaze.  I really like this crystal clear enamel  protective glaze, it doesn't yellow like so many others.  THEN paint out your chalkboard area (do NOT spray with the glaze).  I did the chalkboard area first and then had to cover it so I didn't accidentally coat it with glaze.
Glaze all of the non-chalkboard areas

Let your doors cure for 24 hours, then start putting everything together.
  • First line up your hinges on the back side of the doors where the top of the doors meet and mark the holes
  • Drill small pilot holes on the spots you just marked
  • Screw your hinges into place
I added a bit of purple paint to the bit of hinge that shows on the top

Now add a couple of strips of fabric with nails or decorative brads.  Once you've primed your chalkboard you (or the kids) are ready to draw all over it.

To prime your new chalkboard: Rub the side of a piece of chalk all over the board, make sure you cover it completely.  Erase it and you're chalkboard is now ready.


  1. Cute idea! Love to re-use :) Found you on Thursday Favorite Things! I'm kicking off a brand new blog hop on Superbowl Sunday called the Creative HomeAcre Hop! I would love to have you join the fun at:

  2. Thanks, Lisa. I'll have to check it out!

  3. very creative, love it. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. I posted the new giveaway yesterday

  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and knowledge on this topic. This is really helpful and informative, as this gave me more insight to create more ideas and solutions for my plan. I would love to see more updates from you.

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