Repurposed Screen Door Chalkboard

Mmm…love me some trashure time. When the second Tuesday of the month rolls around, my blood starts pumping because it’s Trash to Treasure time! {{happy dance}} My fellow rethunk junkers and I get together to share with you a makeover of some sort to get you inspired and thinking. The project I have for you today has been in my brain for over 3 years. So I hope you enjoy how I am creating a repurposed screen door chalkboard from this…

Salvaged Door Before (aka Trashure) | Prodigal Pieces |

A few years back my oldest son, Mr. I, and I were out during city clean-up doing our first jaunt together ever and we came upon a house that had a nice long dresser set out. Obviously, that caught my attention so we stopped and began to load. While loading the man of the house brought out a few arched frames. I had no idea what they were for, but I wanted them.

I was in a stupor and I had to have looked like a linebacker ready to tackle the anyone who tried to get them before me. My son and I grabbed them as soon as he laid them down. I had no idea he had more until he asked, “Do you want the door too?” What?!! Trying not to look too obvious, I said, “Sure.” Inside my head I am screaming as if I won the lottery for a million bucks. (living inside my head is quite fun, ya know)

Not only did I get these amazing inserts, but also that gorgeous door too? I went home one happy mama.

I have hung onto these things for over three years now as I have been patiently waiting for our home to be done and use them throughout. This is one of those rare times I am saving these for me. Much like the various things I hoarded for our bedroom and bathroom remodels.

While I am patiently waiting (not really…I’m dying!!) for our kitchen to be at the point I can jump in, I have been working on decor. The first part of this set to get its new use is the screen insert part of the door. Since I have always wanted to have a place to write a scripture or verse to encourage my family on a daily basis, I thought this repurposed screen door would make a wonderful chalkboard.

I started by removing the aluminum screen that easily reminded me of redoing an upholstery project with never-ending nails and staples. Ugh.

Empty Screen Door Frame | Prodigal Pieces |

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The break in the center rail was an easy fix by using wood glue, wood filler, and a couple of nails. After that, I scraped and sanded to get a smooth surface. I would have loved to get it down to bare wood, but the 6 layers of paint stopped me. tsk.

Since this is going in my kitchen, I decided to use the same color paint as my cabinets, called Slate Green by Glidden.

Painting Repurposed Screen Door Frae | Prodigal Pieces |

And just like I did for my faux clock tutorial, I used a hardboard for the backing.

Making Chalkboard from Repurposed Screen Door | Prodigal Pieces |

Easy to do by just tracing and then cutting with my jigsaw.

Cutting Chalkboard with Jigsaw | Prodigal Pieces |

For the chalkboard effect, I always use a simple flat black paint. It works just as well as any expensive chalkboard paint, just like I did with my chalkboard menu from a repurposed mirror backboard. It only takes a couple of coats and we’re ready.

Painting Chalkboard with Flat Black Paint | Prodigal Pieces |

Once dry, I simple nail it onto the back of the repurposed screen door using my brad nailer and staples.

Nailing Chalkboard to Repurposed Screen Door | Prodigal Pieces |

After adding a little verse for encouragement, my new addition to the kitchen dining area (aka homeschool space) is ready for fun.

Chalkboard Made from Repurposed Screen Door by Prodigal Pieces |

After the addition of heavy-duty mounting hardware, I added a few baskets for storage of the chalk and my handmade erasers.

Chalkboard Storage Baskets on Repurposed Screen Door by Prodigal Pieces |

Did you know felted wool sweaters make for wonderful erasers? Just pop them in the wash when dirty, and reuse. I use felted sweaters for most amazing things, including the quilts I make for my boys. TIP: Use a pencil sharpener to sharpen basic school chalk instead of buying expensive chalk pens.

Handmade Chalkboard Erasers from Felted Wool Sweaters by Prodigal Pieces |

This serves as a daily reminder to my kids they are loved and encourages the writing of the scripture on their hearts. Each one will get a chance to pick a verse and decorate it each week or so. Fun!

Wall-Mounted Repurposed Screen Door Chalkboard by Prodigal Pieces |

DIY Chalkboard from Repurposed Screen Door by Prodigal Pieces |

I try to stage my pictures at times when my littlest naps, and when she saw me taking pictures upon waking, she had to have at mama’s newest creation. (notice the bed head with major grin)

Little Girl Drawing on DIY Chalkboard | Prodigal Pieces |

I’m pleased as punch with not only FINALLY getting to make use of this repurposed screen door, but that it’s a functional part of our home now. We all can use a good reminder in our day, right?

Scripture on DIY Chalkboard from Repurposed Screen Door by Prodigal Pieces |

I shared what I did with the main door in this post, while the window is yet to be. Sign up for my newsletter to get the details! And…I would love it if you would pin and share to inspire others to give DIY a try too. ♥

Repurpose Screen Door Turned Chalkboard Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces |

Up next, I’ll be giving this empire chest of drawers a new look. Head HERE TO SEE.

Set of Empire Furniture Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

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WAIT!! Don’t forget to see what my Trash to Treasure gals have worked on for you today!

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces |

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  2. Girl in the Garage
  3. Artsy Chicks Rule
  4. Bless’er House

More of my repurposed projects for you to enjoy:

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  • Jamie K

    Love Love this project~ WHAT A FABULOUS FIND! Whoohoo! Can’t wait to see what you do with the door and remaining window frame! Thank you for sharing!!

    August 9, 2016 at 7:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am so excited, Jamie, because just yesterday I finally found a mirror to fit the large door frame at the thrift store for $10!! I’ve been looking for years and refuse to pay for new. Cha-ching!!

      August 9, 2016 at 12:44 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    U r some kind of talented, I love watching what u will do next!

    August 9, 2016 at 8:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I have so many projects in my head that it drives me crazy, so this one felt good to let it out. 😀 Thank you for the love, Cheryl!

      August 9, 2016 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    oh my goodness, what a fantastic find! i would be hopping up and down too! (in my head, of course 😉

    August 9, 2016 at 8:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Just let it all hang out, girl! I do. tsk. 😀

      August 9, 2016 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Larissa it turned out beautiful. And it is a very practical and functional piece as well, especially with the baskets.. I see your little cutie is making use of it.

    August 9, 2016 at 9:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh yes, the kids love it and all are planning their own verse and art to share. What fun! Thank you, Mary.

      August 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • Esther

    Coolest chalkboard ever!! Love the wire baskets you added!

    August 9, 2016 at 9:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! Thank you, Esther! Yes, I found those baskets on Etsy ages ago and finally were able to put them to use. 😀

      August 9, 2016 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    Has a Church window look, perfect for the verses! Love it!

    August 9, 2016 at 9:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My thoughts exactly, Ellen. It’s fun to pass by the house we got it from all the time and know the history. Total fun!

      August 9, 2016 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Another winner! So “you”!!!! I love it! And I love how you keep things simple. Enjoy this day and multiplied blessings on your new school year!

    August 9, 2016 at 9:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Sarah. We love to make our decor functional, so this definitely suits us. It’s fun to create!

      August 9, 2016 at 12:39 pm Reply
  • [email protected] Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    This is perfect for a chalkboard! I would have totally been the same way if I saw those frames being set out ha ha!! Awesome score! XO

    August 9, 2016 at 12:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      We would have such fun together, Christy! You can even bring your little man. 🙂

      August 9, 2016 at 12:38 pm Reply
  • freidia

    Just Gorgeous! I would have fought over those too!

    The Best,


    August 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    What a sweet idea Larissa! I just love it. 🙂

    August 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm Reply
  • Barbara

    Love, love, love this! I wish I had a place to store fabulous finds for three years until I had just the right inspiration! Jealous!! BTW – years ago I had the exact same country “window” picture posted from Confessions of a Serial DIYer – and it would be in my storage … if I had a space! Have to check out what she did with hers!

    August 9, 2016 at 2:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahahaha…I have storage? ahem. 😉 I am working to destash my stash and it never fails I get a good kind of interruption. I hope you love what Christy did…I do!

      August 10, 2016 at 7:11 pm Reply
  • Tracey Martin

    Not only do I love those AMAZING arched inserts and door you found and what you did with this, but the verse you chose is the one after MUCH contemplation and even prayer that I finally chose as the “theme” of my little business. I stamp the reference Ecc. 3:11 on the back or bottom of every piece I complete and sell. I know God wasn’t talking about furniture when He inspired it, but it says volumes to me on so many levels (including what I do in my business and booth)! You don’t see that verse displayed much so I was thrilled to see it on your new chalkboard! Blessings! 🙂

    August 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh, how wonderful, Tracey! It is such a short and straight to the point verse that I knew would be easily written on my children’s hearts. You picked a good one that will impact many. Bravo!!

      August 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm Reply
  • Jeanette

    EEk! That was a fabulous find! And what a totally amazing idea to re-use & re-love an item destined for the trash heap(= I enjoy your creative ideas immensely. But…how’s it going with the kitchen? Blessings…Jenny

    August 9, 2016 at 8:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You ain’t kiddin’, Jenny! I am happily working through my stash. As for the kitchen, we are plugging along and waiting an eternity for the plumber to come hook up our utility area in the laundry, dealing with a leaking roof and stopping to repair it, etc. Since we both work, I homeschool, and blog, it is a sloth’s pace, but we get it done. We seriously don’t know what it is like to rest. 🙂

      August 10, 2016 at 7:09 pm Reply
  • Kathy

    You never cease to amaze me… Your creativity is boundless. And dare I say it, ..but I believe you are even more talented than Joanna ( yes, I am referring to The Joanna). Sorry Joanna…big fan.
    I can sure understand why this didn’t show up in your shop?

    August 9, 2016 at 10:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You deserve a hug, Kathy. I am blessed to have the outlet and ability to share my passions. Thank you!

      August 10, 2016 at 7:03 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Gah, I love this so much, Larissa! It looks fabulous in your kitchen and I know your kids will love drawing on it. Great idea adding the baskets for storage too!

    August 9, 2016 at 11:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You know they love it when they fight over it and guess what’s been happening since it’s been up. 😉 Thanks so much, Jen!

      August 10, 2016 at 7:02 pm Reply
  • Joanne Taggart

    What a wonderful job! And I so enjoyed your story behind acquiring the piece. Especially the part of looking like a linebacker ready to pounce should anyone make a move toward what you wanted! LOL! This is the first time I have written but it won’t be the last. I really like your site and am a retired homeschooler. Way to go that you are doing it. I homeschooled for eighteen years. Raised five boys and it was by far the best decision my husband and I ever made. Have a wonderful day and thanks for the post!

    August 10, 2016 at 4:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      High five to you, Joanne, and your family! It is absolutely worth all the work and I know myself and my kids are better for it. Thank you for the love!

      August 10, 2016 at 7:02 pm Reply
  • Vangie

    Love it, love it.

    August 10, 2016 at 9:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Vangie!

      August 10, 2016 at 7:01 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    I love the way you did that and incorporated it into your home.

    August 11, 2016 at 1:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Bonnie. My kids have not left it alone since it was hung up and I love it!

      August 11, 2016 at 1:36 pm Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    I love a good DIY chalkboard but what makes yours extra special is the repurposed Arched door and the little shelf with wire baskets. You staged it beautifully for your homeschooling area too. Pinned to share 🙂 I remember your flat black paint tip and haven’t bought another can of chalkboard paint since – thanks! Will add your felted sweater chalkboard eraser tip to my memory bank too.

    August 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My kids are still playing with it all the time and creating verses for us to remember. I am so glad I finally got it done. Yes, the black paint is wonderful! Thank you so much, Marie.

      August 23, 2016 at 5:25 am Reply
  • Meredith

    As usual Larissa you have knocked this out of the park! I love the creativity behind this project!! Plus, I love creating chalkboards. 🙂 Great job!

    August 30, 2016 at 11:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Meredith. Yes, making chalkboards is super-fun. 🙂

      August 31, 2016 at 5:19 am Reply
  • Heather V.

    I really need to make one of these for my 3-year-old daughter. She loves to draw on walls, even though we bought a child’s easel for her! I’m going to try this, except instead of a chalkboard, I’ll use a holder for large pads of easel paper (like my hubby uses at work!) that she can draw on. Maybe if it stands up like a wall, she’ll draw on it instead! thank you for the inspiration!

    November 29, 2016 at 6:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are an awesome mama! She will love it as my toddler is drawing on ours every day. What fun!

      November 29, 2016 at 9:09 pm Reply
  • Jolinda

    There you go, you have gone and made a treasure out of a terrific find. The color is so soft and you found the perfect spot. I like the idea of you kids writing their own verses on it.

    June 13, 2017 at 11:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Jolinda. We use it daily and love that it’s ours to keep. yay!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:39 am Reply

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