diy {super simple door chalkboard}

A few months ago I realized I was in dire need of something to help me keep track of stuff. I have a daily planner, but it doesn’t help much if I don’t look at it everday. I was starting to forget a lot of things so I started thinking of ways to help me tackle my ‘stuff’. I saw all kinds of cute little organizers online, but I needed something BIG. The other factor I ran into was a complete lack of wall space to put something BIG. I remembered Kevin and Layla’s mirrored closet doors over on The Lettered Cottage and it inspired me to do something similar in my kitchen with a chalkboard.

This was such an EASY project. I used a big piece of hardboard (looks like pegboard but without the holes) cut to the size I wanted. I painted a few coats of chalkboard paint. Once the paint was dry I took the door off the hinges, laid in on the ground and used Liquid Nails to glue the chalkboard to the door. To frame it in, I sanded down yardsticks and used Liquid Nails to glue them to the chalkboard. The yardsticks match my backsplash, but I especially love that they say “the helpful place” because that is by far what this chalkboard has become for me.

It is usually covered in notes and writing, but I felt funny posting that online….so you get the more cleaned up version!
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I’ve been using it for a few weeks and now that I know what I like on there I am thinking about making the categories more permanent, so I am only erasing and writing the weekly changes. I love the chalkboards by MaryKate McDevitt on etsy. I’d like to attempt something similar for my category titles, but I’m afraid of messing it all up…I’m pretty confident mine could never look as cute as her’s.

While I was adding one chalkboard I was taking down a much larger one. I have had chalkboard paint on a few of my walls for about 2 years (which is REALLY long for me). I was ready to see it go. I’ve had some wallpaper (it’s no longer in stock) waiting for months to be hung and decided one evening to hang it the next day. My mom came over the next morning to help me, but we quickly realized we needed my dad to intervene…or most accurately I should say we needed dad to come hang it all. I helped a little.
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“diy” means “Do It Yourself”…..just in case someone has been wondering….
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Spring is here and it makes me happy. This time of year you can find me kindly pruning a tree down the road. It is close to power lines so I don’t mind helping the city out. They should give me a discount on my bill for being kind enough to prune trees.
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  • tiffani - ok. you know your’e gonna have to give tips on what to do and what not to do when applying wall paper, right??! {in all of your spare time;)} and THAT wall paper i have eye balling in blog world for a while and it looks amazing in your space! i am sad it is not available:( love the door in your kitchen too-so functional & pretty:) happy wed!!

  • Betsy from Elizabeth St - Cute chalkboard! Have you ever used chalk markers? LOVE them. You can get ‘em here: http://www.amazon.com/Uchida-480-4A-4-Piece-Bistro-Marker/dp/B0018N4D1A/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1300883243&sr=8-3

  • Pam - That wallpaper is amazing!! And I love that it’s in a small enough area that it doesn’t (seem to) overwhelm the room.

  • RachelC - absolutely love the wallpaper and the picture of you and your dad. definitely a keeper.

  • andy - love the chalkboard and new wallpaper
    so nice to have a dad to help
    my dad helps us when he comes to visit too :)

  • Christy - Love the redo! Digging that wallpaper

  • Katie - Awesome! I love the wallpaper and dads that are handy! Mine is too!

  • Celia - Love that wallpaper!!

  • Meg - Okay, I am completely obsessed with that wallpaper!!! I know you said it is out of stock but who makes it? I would love to see more of what they have. You are so talented. I love your home!

    megandcalconner.blogspot.com

  • Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails - Hi my name is Sarah and I never thought Id say this…EVER! But I WANT.TO.WALLPAPER my walls now!!! Its gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    XO

  • Mariah - You are such a civil servant, Ashley. Helping the city so selflessly. Thy should give you a medal. Or… no, no… these lovely flowering branches will be enough. No, really… You just want to do your part. :) You cracked me up this morning! Love it! Oh, and the wallpaper is pretty snazzy too!

  • Juliana - OMG… did the same “door” project at my son’s bedroom with magnet paint instead but with the same rullers around from Home Depot! Great idea!! ;p

  • Christi Smith - I would LOVE LOVE to see a blog post or 2 about doing your own wallpaper. i have wallpaper i want to take off the walls in one of my bathroom and dont know what i will get into behind it.

    love that print of your wallpaper. i like it better than the chalkboard paint on that wall. Plus it hides the control boxes as well! yay for dads who help out with projects!

  • Laura - that wallpaper looks so great! a little dottie angel touch?:).

  • the whyte house - I was doing the yardsticks board, too! Well, I got everything to do it last spring and it has yet to be done, anyway! LOL. Ours was going to be w magnet paint and chalkboard paint, framed w vintage yardsticks from missouri and our area. So far I’ve used the yardsticks when I’m online purchasing kids shoes(to measure how long my sons extra wide foot is!! LOL). I WILL get it finished…someday. :)

  • T - Hi! I love the wallpaper and the door! Thanks for sharing all the fun things you do. I was wondering about the snapshops email, I’ve signed up for it several times but I never seem to get the emails, any idea what I’m doing wrong?

  • Ryan - I love the wallpaper! But I’ll miss the chalkboard paint…I thought it was a really deep, rich and functional idea for that corner. :)

  • TDM - Hi! not sure what happened with my last post there! maybe that’s why I don’t get the snapshop emails :) I was just wondering, I’ve signed up for them several times but never get the emails for some reason, any ideas?

  • Ashley - That wallpaper is so refreshing. A perfect new addition to your house for spring!

  • e l l a - Awesome!
    I love the before shot of the bush and then in the vase – very clever ;D

    ps. I have featured one of your products on my blog today – hope you don’t mind ;)
    http://www.lifeologia.com/diy-upcycling-pallets-get-a-new-life/

  • Kelly - A couple years ago I found myself in the same situation. Although instead of being patient & going to the store to get a board, I just went to the garage and got the paint. My chalkboard is painted right on the pantry door. I love it! And people comment on it ALL the time.
    The wallpaper looks great & I really love the picture of you & your dad. :)

  • Dacia - I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the wallpaper!!! I loved the chalkboard walls, too (I used to have one in our old place), but the wallpaper is so pretty and lively. It goes with everything else!

  • Mandy B - Ashley, it turned out great! I hate that I have to see it on your blog before I see it in person, but I guess I will take what I can get. If I actually kept up with my blog maybe you could see my house too, lol.

  • Katie - Such cute wallpaper! Where’s it from?

  • Michelle - I know you get so many questions and may not see or have time to answer this, but, I’m gonna try anyway. All the pictures above your mantel are so cute! How did you get them so straight and so nice looking?

  • Cory - I LOVE the giant chalkboard & wallpaper are awesome! My pinterest is pretty much your house lol!

  • christina larsen - Love the chalkboard door.

  • Erin - Could you use a silhouette to cut out the letters/headings you want? I think they would stick to a clean chalk board. Or even better, use the reverse of the cutout to paint in the words you want, since you are afraid of messing it up. Just a thought. Love the chalkboard door! So cute!

  • Ashley - The wallpaper is gorgeous!

  • Christie - Can I move into your house? Or hire you to decorate mine for a really small budget, ha ha? I love your house. Love it. Will definitely use it as inspiration when we decorate our home we build this year!

  • Andrea - I love the new wall, the blue in it is so striking!

  • ashley jensen - I plan on making a calendar of to do’s like this…http://www.brownpaper–packages.com/2011/03/place-for-everythingwith-somewhat.html

    That is some stinkin cute wall paper!

    I also cut branches off of flowering bushes/trees, especially Dogwoods.

  • bethany_may - Ashley, I am VERY interested in attending SnapShots. My husband and I are expecting our first baby and I would love to learn as much as I can about photography before she comes in August. But I am not sure if I have the right type of camera. Tells you how bad I need your class : ) I live in Tulsa and actaully go to Battlecreek. How do I know if mine is a DSLR? Bethany

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh, Ashley! I love the wallpaper. It looks amazing! Have a wonderful day!

  • Lori - ash! love the new wallpaper. that is a cute pic of your DAD…my DAD can do anything as well. love that. well, I am so busy but I had to look at your blog – first things first…gotta have my ashley blog, coffee and then devotional…

  • Joy Fisher - I LOVE this wallpaper. I’m sorry to hear it is out of stock now. Do yo know what it was called? I had been keeping this kitchen in mind for my current kitchen DIY project, though hadn’t figured out where I might put the wallpaper yet: http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/small-cool-kitchens-2010/theresas-sweet-and-modern-san-francisco-kitchen-small-cool-kitchens-2010-rent-division-116829

  • CharlaL - Love the chalkboard paint I have been debating on if I should do my pantry or not! Looks like I will be paiting it soon! Love the pic of you and your dad!:)

  • Chelsea in MO - Man, that wallpaper looks like it was made to go right there. It looks great! I like how it ties together the mirror you can see through the doorway and the glass jars on the mantle. Another awesome and inspiring choice!

  • Jenny B. - LOVE the chalkboard! I’ve been wanting to put one up somewhere, and had thought about painting a door in my kitchen, but couldn’t figure out how to make it a writeable surface (since the door has raised panels). How permanent is Liquid Nails? Will you have to replace the door when it’s time for a change? And, this may be a dumb question, but where do you get all your yardsticks? Do you buy them? In hardware stores? Flea Markets? All of the above? :)

  • Heather - the new wallpaper is so lovely!
    i love your chalkboard door, too! p.s. you’ve gotten me completely hooked on using yard sticks in my house. i bought them to use as a backsplash like yours, but ended up trimming our screen door with them instead, and then added rulers as trim to my kitchen island. i love it!

  • Jess H - how lovely! {feeling organized + gorgeous wallpaper + spring flowers!}

  • Sheila - Oh, I loooooove the chalkboard. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get something like that in my kitchen – we rent so can’t do anything too permanent. So, a chalkboard on the door is a no-no :(

  • Kassie - what a cute idea!! love the wallpaper too!

  • Jen M - Love the chalkboard. That wallpaper is divine and looks perfect in that space!

    I too would love to know about the collage of little pictures above your mantle. Looks amazing!

  • Amnah - So jealous of your wallpaper. I’ve admired that print for years. It looks beautiful. The chailkboard door looks like fun. I’d do that if I wasn’t living in a rental.

  • gina - love the wallpaper and flowers and chalkboard too!!

  • Kara @ Kara Paslay Designs - Ashley, the wallpaper looks great!!!! I am very jealous!

  • Carrie S. - Wow, that looks great! I love the chalkboard door, the wallpaper… awesome! You should get some liquid chalk pens now. (I wrote about them here: http://familyblog.spritzerleyba.com/2010/10/06/pantry-organizing-supplies/)

  • Ana - Love the new wallpaper look, but I did love the chalkboard walls, too, just so you know. And I have always wondered how easily chalkboard paint could be painted over- and magnetic paint, too. Uhhh, maybe I should google it- duh! :)

  • Heather C. - I find the abundance of a calendar in my phone, one at work and a small book calendar simply don’t cut it anymore. I am thinking a wall space for a chalkboard might be just the fix. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kerry - I am soooo in love with the wallpaper! Perfect way to freshen up your home for spring. The colours are gorgeous! :)

  • Shannon - I LOVE that wallpaper, and the area you put it in! I love your flowers, as I sit here with my kids because it’s a snow day. The chalkboard looks great too!

  • Jme - love the picture of you and your dad, you both look so happy. I love his shirt too! y’all did a great job!

  • Heather @ Cookie Mondays - So jealous of the discontinued wallpaper!!!!

  • jami nato - i want to paint my entire house in chalkboard paint.

    and that wall paper is ADORBS. that’s right, i shortened adorable.

  • Heidi - LOVE that wall paper! We have a chalkboard door in our pantry and I love it!

  • Mindy Harris - i am drooling over your wallpapah.

  • kylesmom - I love it before and after. And you so totally have dad’s nose! LOL!

  • Neva - Hi Ashley
    If you get your blackboard headings looking just right and want to keep them, you can hairspray them to make them permanent. You probably already know this. But what you may not know is that you can’t get the hairspray off of a dining room table, long after the blackboards have been finished with. I recommend spraying outside :-)

  • steph - oh jeez… can you send your daddy-o over to my house to hang some wallpaper?
    i’ve been eyeing one from anthropologie for a while but just can’t bring myself to order it.
    too much moolah… plus, who am i kidding?
    i don’t want the work of hanging it.
    my walls will have to remain bare.
    sigh.
    but at least i can see pics of your gorgeous walls.
    it looks awesome!
    the chalkboard is super cute too!!

  • Regan - You look just like your Daddy!

    Very cool chalkboard door. Perfect place for it..in the kitchen.

  • Margie - awww, this picture makes me miss My Daddy!!:) So Sweet.

  • Margie - Oh, and You all did a Great Job too! :P

  • Crystal - The Domestic Warrior - Your dad is awesome…just sayin’ ;-) And I love that wallpaper is on the up and coming again! I’ve been seeing so many cute ideas out there lately. Way to go with the chalkboard. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time now too. Maybe seeing this is the push I need. Happy Spring!

  • Ashley - Hi Ashley! I saw a little glimpse of your “chandalier” above your kitchen table above the branches. Can I see the rest and can you tell me how you made it, b/c I’m sure you did!:) i want soemthing similar in my dining room!thanks!!!

  • Karla (LaPine) Swalve - I usually have time to read your blog at the end of the day and it just makes me happy :-)Thanks so much for spreading joy! LOVE THE DOOR, LOVE THE WALLPAPER-you inspire me in doing house projects all the time. I am not necessarily creative enough to come up with ideas on my own, but I love to copy yours! I have quite a few “Ashley” projects in my house. :) Thanks for your blog!

  • meg duerksen - I LOVE THE WALL PAPER!!!!

  • Lydia - The wallpaper looks fantastic!!

  • hearttypat - I have never hear about Liquid Nails! Are they permanent? And as strong as they sound?

  • kristiina - what is it about fathers and daughters…love that picture :) and the wallpaper looks fabulous!

  • Becky - Hi, Ashley, I have been reading your blog for a few months now and am just loving it. I love your projects that you did today, but am now really curious about that photo collage that is on your mantle. It looks so cool! I looked back through the DIY projects but didn’t seem to find it. Have you posted about that already and I have missed it It is way cool! Also thanks for the tips about getting the shot, loved them!

  • Erin - The Smallest Sparrow - I LOVE your chalkboard organizer! I need something like that too. And the wallpaper is TO. DIE. FOR. Way to go! Don’t you love getting projects like that done?

  • Jodi - Love the wallpaper, going to wallpaper my bathroom, it’s small enough to make do!

    But I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the chalkboard memo wall. I have a chore chart I have been working on (inspired by your yardstick backsplash) and I wasn’t loving how it was turning out. This is exactly what I need. I don’t think I am going to change a thing! Yours is perfect.

    Yay for liquid nails!

  • racheldenbow - Pure genius over here. I love that you added the rulers as a border. It’s the extra touch that makes this project kind of stellar! AND, I’ve always, always loved that Orla wallpaper. It’s dreamy! Thanks for always sharing your projects here!

  • Amber - Hey Ashley – Love the chalkboard helper idea! I never look at my planner often enough either. One question, I’ve never used liquid nails. Once you apply something with it, does it ever come off?

  • heather - at first i thought you were removing that wallpaper and i was sad!!! love it! thanks for sharing!

  • Lesley - Ok, you totally have dad’s nose.

  • Elizabeth Horn - LOVE the wallpaper and is that a light fixture/basket? Did you make it? It looks awesome!

  • Katie Weller - I absolutely love the photo collage!!! Do you have a picture of the whole thing? And how did you do it; would absolutely love to do it in my own house! You have a wonderful website:-)

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