dil·i·gence:careful and persistent work or effort

Proverbs 13: 4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Broken armoire door gets second life

There once was an Ikea armoire who lived a good life holding a large tv for a very long time.  But, then LCD tvs were invented, and the armoire was no longer needed.  But, it still had a job holding old linens and dog towels in the basement.  The armoire was very happy.  But, it knew it had more to give.  You see, the doors had been removed and were sitting dusty and dirty in a dark corner of the basement.  The door were removed for 2 reasons:
  1. Because one was broken, and 
  2. because it just didn't make sense to have only one door.
So, while the armoire was happy, the unused doors felt sad and dejected.

But, then one day, I took a look at that unused door and decided that we simply must use it for something!  It didn't take me long to decide that the door was begging to become a chalkboard.  So, I got out the trusty chalkboard paint and gave it 3 coats.

Once that was dry, the frame got a couple coats of the green that is on the backs of the living room bookcases.  The lovely door turned chalkboard now has a place of honor in the dining room.

She turned out perfectly, and I envision writing menus for dinner parties or seasonal messages up there (once the suggested drying time passes).

I just love free projects using broken items from around the house, don't you?  And, the door and the armoire lived happily ever after!



Update:  the drying time passed, and I've broken her in!  Just in time for a weekend full of out of town guests!


  1. Really cute story, Emily, to go along with your project. I love it and it makes a great chalkboard. xo Diana

  2. Really cute chalkboard Emily! I love the green and recycling is always good! Fun story too! My old TV cabinet made it as far as the garage and I'm still trying to figure out what to do with it!

  3. The chalkboard looks lovely in your dining room! What a great way to re-use an old door!

  4. Hi Emily! Just visiting and gotta say that I love aaaaany chalkboard surface! You certainly revived that door~! :D
    -Jane @ urbanejane.com