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I love working on projects!  First I have to find the time to do them and then think of what to make.  Once I get going though, it’s a reminder of why I enjoy it so much.  It allows me a chance to use my creativity but the solitude helps me get grounded again.  No joke.  This project… how to make a menu chalkboard!   A chance to get creative with the cabinet door that I received from Cabinet Door Mart.  Remember the drawer box I made into an indoor herb box last month?  The company also sent me a unfinished cabinet door in exchange for a collaborative effort.  They sent the custom built, aspen, cabinet door made to my specifications and my idea of a chalkboard menu.

Do you want to know what my inspiration was for this project?   These little beauties.

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Aren’t they fabulous knobs?  Very Old-World, they have a Mexican look to them.  They remind me of a Mexican pottery design.  I loved everything about them.  When it was time to make this project, I strolled through the craft store and when I saw these, they were my inspiration for this project.  Sometimes it’s a decorative pillow, sometimes it’s a color combination, sometimes it’s just a style that gets me going.  I love the turquoise, the russet, creamy off white all mixed with black accents.  Those were the accent paint colors I decided on as well!

I started by wiping down the blank cabinet door and applying some primer to the outside frame.

HOW TO MAKE A MENU CHALKBOARD-beforeNext was the three different color of paints I used for the accent areas.  I applied two coats of each color.  Once dry, I taped the freshly painted area so that I could paint the middle section with the chalkboard paint.  I headed to my Cricut to cut out the vinyl decal I designed.

 

I let chalkboard set overnight before applying the decal.

HOW TO MAKE A MENU CHALKBOARD-cricutSome antiquing around the frame section and drilling holes for the knobs…

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and screwing the chalk holder (a.k.a. the drawer pull).

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Here are some final shots.

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This is going to make it’s home in a very special place and will have an awesome purpose.  Wait and see!

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