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!

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.

“diy” means “Do It Yourself”…..just in case someone has been wondering….

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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  • 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.
    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 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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