One of my favorite things to do is to re-purpose old stuff, or to use the more popular term, “upcycle”. There is something positively delicious about rescuing a used, worn object and giving it new life.
(Perhaps it is because it mirrors the story of redemption written on my heart by the “Master Upcyler” who restored this used, tattered young woman and gave her new life…..and because we bear His image, that creative heart of His beats in us.)
As we begin to think about Christmas gifts, and as that time of the year always necessitates our bravest creativity, we are rummaging around for some great gift ideas.
I found a bunch of these old cabinet doors that my father had collected over the years. After finding a few ideas on line, we decided to recyle them into message/chalk boards for the kitchen.
One thing to note about me and homemade gifts: I like it simple. If it’s not pretty simple, I’ll grow impatient and lose interest. Crafting ADD, I guess.
(Somehow the angle of the pictures I took created an illusion that makes the top pic look much wider???)
I did the first one, and Alexa, my 8 year old begged to do the rest and did a fantastic job! We’re looking for some cool knobs to glue or screw across the bottom to hang aprons and such.
(Close-up of the dry brush effect.)
A few short steps:
- Tape around the inset that will be painted with chalk board paint and then paint it.
- After that dries (just an hour or less), tape over the edge of the painted inset and paint the rest of the door the desired color.
- We “distressed” the look by brushing over the wet paint with a dry brush.
- Glue or screw knobs across the bottom, tie on a piece of chalk (all optional) and you’re done
I am considering playing around with trying to make a plaque and painting a word or phrase inside. Vinyl lettering would work great, but I’m also challenging myself to do the upcycle without spending any money. Any ideas would be helpful!
Since posting, I found this very inspirational video with lots of different cabinet upcycling ideas!
While we had the chalk board paint out, I got happy and painted the top of the children’s table (well, THEY painted it because I
temporarily lost my sanity wanted them to be involved too.) Then we spray painted the rest John Deere green (it was the only color of spray paint we had, OK?)
The table is a hit! And since our air conditioning is out and it’s 150 degrees inside, (well, 90, but I’m going with a heat index of 150) we’re spending a lot more time downstairs (which is where the table is) so the new distraction comes at a great time! I said “distraction” but I meant “teaching tool”, of course 😉