I found this old cupboard door at a garage sale in the MacGrove neighborhood a couple of years ago. I originally painted the inset with chalkboard paint, added a chalk pencil design and put it in my occasional sale for $22.
Nobody bought it the first year.
Nobody bought it the 2nd year.
I had a couple of people ask, is that design permanent? No, it isn’t. I think that was the wrong answer. Or maybe it was the right answer, but they didn’t want chalkboard? I’m not sure.
Either way, it didn’t sell.
OK, I can take a hint. And I was bored last night so I decided to restyle it. I sanded it down and casually slapped on a few layers of milk paint. I don’t normally paint over existing paint, so this was an experiment for me. I got a lot of chipping over the original paint, but not much at all over the chalkboard paint. Interesting. I had mixed the final coat of Linen a bit thicker than usual and dried it with a blow dryer to get some crackle going on.
But, I was aiming for super chippy, layers of ‘age’ and slightly grungy. A little scraping, sanding and dark wax later, and that is pretty much what I got.
I added a French Market stencil and presto chango, a fab new sign.
I’m kind of loving it in my own kitchen. I might just have to keep it now.