Chalkboard Magnetic Closet Doors

Chalkboard Magnetic Closet Doors

When I shared Revyn’s awesome room earlier this week, one thing you all really liked were these closet doors.  So today I thought I’d share with you how we did these fun doors.  It’s super easy!

RevBedroomDoneDoorsBefore these are the doors she had.  These were her colors before, zebra and lime green.ClosetDoorsBefore

On these doors we tried the magnetic paint you can buy at Lowe’s.  It’s around the chalkboard and dry erase paint.  The only problem is that it’s not very magnetic.  We put 3 coats of magnetic paint in these squares, then topped it with two coats of chalkboard paint.  Once she went to stick stuff on them, those magnets slid down the door like it was a slip and slide.  All that painting, drying, painting, drying, etc. for nothing.  There were only a few spots that sort of held a magnet.  You can see the only two things on that top second square.  Those were the two magic spots on this set of doors.  You had to be pretty picky to hang something with a magnet, it had to be light and in the exact spot.  It was a little aggravating when she discovered they were really magnetic because we made sure we shook and mixed that paint up good.  We shook it like it was a shake weight, but it still didn’t work.

So when we embarked on the room redo, her main request was good magnetic chalkboard doors.  We priced new doors at Home Depot (to start all over from scratch), but ended up picking out the exact doors that she already had.  So instead of spending money to buy the same doors, here is what we came up with.  We took the doors down and sanded them.  Then we had a local metal fab shop cut us pieces of really thin gauge metal (20 or 22 ga) to fit on each closet door.  We actually had to do this twice.  The first ones we had cut were 16 gauge paint grade but those pieces were to heavy and thick.  You have to be careful to get the weight light enough for the doors to still function, and thin enough so they still close tight.ClosetDoorsMetalG adhered the metal to the doors with a LocTite adhesive that worked on wood and metal.  Then we stacked whatever we could find on top of them so that they glued down tight.  Then I wiped each piece down with paint thinner to remove any grease or oils that might be on the metal.  Next I painted on chalkboard paint following the cans instructions.  I did three coats on these doors.ClosetDoorsPaintedOnce they were dry we seasoned the chalkboards outside, then hung them back in the room.  This is such an easy and inexpensive upgrade that will provide so much fun for her and her friends.  Heck, G and I even like leaving her little messages on there.  The shop we used cut us these eight pieces for about $60.  So for $60 and a quart of chalkboard paint we have these fun doors.

Don’t be afraid to go out of the box to be able to get the end result you’ve imagined in your head.  I seem to decide how I want something, then it’s trial and error until I get it like it’s pictured in my mind.  Sometimes those mental images are what drives me to try and try again.  I hope your able to use this idea for something in your home.  You will enjoy all the notes and sayings you can leave on the chalkboard.  Besides, writing with chalk is just fun!

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  1. My daughter wanta magnetic but told me the paint won’t work becaseu it’s a bad idea. Ok. If you say so. Turns out she was right so thanks for the inspiration on how to make this happen. We’ll adjust acc. to her room. Summer project for us.

    • We didn’t have any luck with it when we used it on wooden closet doors. Getting thin sheet and just painting it was the way to go. Good luck, I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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    • Thanks, we really are having fun with them. She’s a little stressed with school right now so she has it full of encouraging bible verses.

  6. I’ve really been getting into chalkboard paint lately. It is cool to use them on your doors :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great weekend!

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