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.
- Old drawer approx. 25 cm by 30 cm
- Blackboard paint
- Vintage wallpaper
- Drawer handle
- Paint brush
- PVA glue
- Cloth and cleaning materials
- Nail and hammer to hang
- Screws and screw driver to attach handle
HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using PVA glue, carefully stick the pieces of wallpaper to the sides of the drawer. Smooth out any bubbles and leave to dry.
Using the blackboard paint, paint a fine layer onto the inside base of the drawer. Leave to dry and repeat with a second layer.
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.
Use a vintage egg cup or jelly mould to store your chalks in which can sit inside the drawer to finish the look.
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.
Why not use a chalk pen and write an inspirational quote on it to start the new year filled with positivity?
This upcycled blackboard project appeared in my monthly feature for Reloved Magazine