Chalkboard Door

Kids love chalkboards.  An interior garage door is the perfect surface to add a little personality.  Generally it is the door only your family sees.  Why not make it fun with a little chalkboard paint?  That is exactly what Jess from the East Coast Creative did.  Join me in welcoming her and taking a spy at her mini garage makeover.

Hey everyone! It’s Jess from the East Coast Creative Duo. I blog with my bestest friend in the whole world, Monica. Last month she surprised her husband with a garage mudroom makeover that was so awesome.
mudoom garage
I know, right? So fun! As a result, I was inspired to organize our out-of-control garage. By out of control, I mean can’t-walk-through-without-tripping-on-wood scraps/kayaks/bikes/kids toys/trash/old furniture/tools etc. It was bad. Very bad. The one thing I decided to do was add some personality to our garage door that leads into our house with a little leftover chalkboard paint.
chalkboard painted door
Isn’t it cute?! We also painted the wall with paint we had on hand, painted the trim white, added a cute, super easy set of hooks for bookbags and coats, and organized our shoes and everyday paper products. I’ve had this chalkboard paint FOREVER, and it has served me well through many projects!
valspar chalkboard paint
Once I did three coats on the entire door using this method, I then seasoned it using a big piece of sidewalk chalk. Make sure you use the side of your chalk, instead of the tip, so you don’t leave any permanent marks on the door.
seasoning chalkboard
Definitely not the prettiest look after it’s been seasoned, but never fear!
seasoned chalkboard door
Once you wipe it down with a damp cloth and add your text, the door starts looking a whole lot better! I was inspired by this vinyl from Belvedere Designs, so if you don’t want to make a big statement like this, but still like the sentiment, you can buy it in smaller form.
write on a chalkboard door
Some of the phrases make me chuckle every time I walk in the house like “Down Boy”, “I’ll sign for that” and “What are you doing here?”.
fun garage door
I had an old frame laying around that I spray painted and added heavy duty magnets. I love the pop of color on the black door.
frame hanging on door
I can’t even tell you how much a transformation this area has undergone! Now, I don’t feel stressed every time I pass through. Makes mommy happy.
garage door transformation
And the chalkboard step I added makes the kids happy.
kids love chalkboards
It’s a win- win for everyone! 🙂 What crazy things have you painted with chalk paint?
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  1. So fun! love this idea 🙂

  2. How fun. The garage door is the perfect place. Super for messages too with a busy family coming and going. Great idea!!

  3. This is the perfect location! I painted the interior door in our house leading to the basement. It’s been tons of fun, but the clean-up isn’t! Having it in the garage would be so much better!

  4. Way cute! I like the idea of adding magnets to the frame for hanging. I have to try that too!

  5. Julie @ Knot All That I Seam says:

    Love it! Looks amazing and the kids would love it too! Thanks for sharing. x Julie

  6. I love this, the door is awesome so are the rugs, the whole thing!

    Hugs, Tanya

  7. This is such a great idea! I’m in the process of doing it right now- putting the third coat on when the munchkin goes down for a nap!


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