Holiday Menu Board Made From an Old Cabinet Door

It’s true that I love to shop in thrift stores on a regular basis, I haven’t found a Goodwill that I couldn’t conquer yet!  But I’ve recently found a new thrift love, Habitat for Humanity’s Restore.  Restore is a thrift shop for those looking to do a little home improvement or similar construction project.  It really is fabulous and not just for those looking for a bargain or a project but for the environment as well.  You see, nearly a quarter of what goes into landfills is from construction, mostly demolition projects.  Giving these materials a second chance makes a gal like me smile.

On a recent trip to Restore, I saw that they were clearing out all of their drawers and cabinet doors.  At only a dollar a piece, I loaded up my cart!  I found this fabulous cabinet door and immediately thought menu board.

This project only took a couple of hours and was super inexpensive, there’s no way I paid more than $2 to make it.  To make yours you’ll need:

  • Old Cabinet Door
  • Chalkboard Paint (I made my own Chalkboard Paint with leftover paint from another project)
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Trim Paint in the color of your choosing
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver

Give your cabinet door the once over with a little warm soapy water.  Then remove any existing hardware, like hinges and handles:

Now you’re ready to sand the surface of your cabinet.  If your door has a lot of big dings and gauges you’ll want to start with a coarser grit sandpaper (grit of 100) and then go over the cabinet again with a finer grit (220) paper to really smooth out the surface.  If you’re door is in relatively great shape, like mine, start with 220 grit and sand just enough to remove the shiny coating on the door.  The goal is to give the primer/paint something to stick to. I’m using a hand sander but you don’t need it, a sheet of sandpaper and good ole elbow grease will do the trick.

Next prime and paint.  I’m using spray primer but you can use the brush on primer just as well.  I’ve painted the inside of the molding with chalkboard paint which you’ll need to apply a minimum of two coats and the border is a light brown color that I picked up from the seconds table at my local hardware store.  If your cabinet is void of any molding or decorative border you can pick up bits of trim from Restore as well and use a little wood glue to attach it to your cabinet door before you prime it.

So what do you think?  Perfect for the holiday table, buffet or placed prominently to greet your guests.


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  1. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!
    It’s the little changes that produce the most important changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  2. Sweet! You know I love this tutorial. I have several around my kitchen and dining room. We love using them!

    • I’m falling fast in love and currently working on a “sandwich board” style sign with old cabinet doors to use when I exhibit at fairs and festivals!

  3. What a fun project! I’m going to head into our local Home REsource and see if I can find the materials I need. I think our daughter will love to draw on it too!