How to make an Upcycled Blackboard from a Kitchen Drawer

If you are anything like me, you will have “To Do” lists and shopping lists all over the kitchen surfaces which get lost underneath homework and snacks. So why not create your own upcycled blackboard and get organised! I have used a vintage kitchen drawer which can be wall hung or sit on your worktop with space for your chalks too.

DIY Tutorial: A Kitchen Drawer Blackboard upcycled craft project by Kate Beavis

MATERIALS USED

  • Old drawer approx. 25 cm by 30 cm
  • Blackboard paint
  • Vintage wallpaper
  • Drawer handle

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • Paint brush
  • PVA glue
  • Cloth and cleaning materials
  • Nail and hammer to hang
  • Screws and screw driver to attach handle
  • Pencil

HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

Step 1:

Choose a small drawer for your project. I used a kitchen drawer from a vintage larder unit which was beyond repair. An old bedside table drawer would work well too. Clean it thoroughly inside and out.

DIY Tutorial: A Kitchen Drawer Blackboard upcycled craft project by Kate Beavis

Top Tips!

My drawer had an old yellow lining that I decided to keep as I liked its character and colour. You may want to remove any old linings.

Step 2:

Position the drawer on the underside of the wallpaper and draw around the sides and back of the drawer. Cut out the three pieces of wallpaper.

DIY Tutorial: A Kitchen Drawer Blackboard upcycled craft project by Kate Beavis

Top Tips!

I used vintage wallpaper that matches my room, but you could use new wallpaper off cuts. Alternatively, you may want to paint the drawer. It is worth saying that the drawer I chose already had a cream front which I decided to keep.

Step 3:

Using PVA glue, carefully stick the pieces of wallpaper to the sides of the drawer. Smooth out any bubbles and leave to dry.

DIY Tutorial: A Kitchen Drawer Blackboard upcycled craft project by Kate Beavis

Step 4:

Using the blackboard paint, paint a fine layer onto the inside base of the drawer. Leave to dry and repeat with a second layer.

DIY Tutorial: A Kitchen Drawer Blackboard upcycled craft project by Kate Beavis

Step 5:

Attach a hooked handle to the front of the drawer although mine had one already. Choose one in a similar style or era as the drawer and wallpaper.

Top Tips!

Use a vintage egg cup or jelly mould to store your chalks in which can sit inside the drawer to finish the look.

DIY Tutorial: A Kitchen Drawer Blackboard upcycled craft project by Kate Beavis

Step 6:

Position a nail into the wall where you want to hang the blackboard. You could also sit the drawer on a shelf or a worktop.

DIY Tutorial: A Kitchen Drawer Blackboard upcycled craft project by Kate Beavis

Top Tips!

Why not use a chalk pen and write an inspirational quote on it to start the new year filled with positivity?

DIY Tutorial: A Kitchen Drawer Blackboard upcycled craft project by Kate Beavis

This upcycled blackboard project appeared in my monthly feature for Reloved Magazine

 

 

 

 

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