A Pantry Door With A Purpose

C499DD70-ABAF-42F5-AA1F-0963F2008C36A pantry door pep up is just one of the many DIY decor projects I’ve been up to in our new build in Bothell. (more ideas coming soon) I had been thinking of making a central family calendar/to do checklist board and I landed on the pantry door as the perfect place. Mostly because, well we spend about 80% of our time in the kitchen/great room and I needed something that was functional, yet looks nice. By functional I mean, a space for an organized calendar, checklists, shopping lists, magnetic board to display kids art/Christmas cards, etc. and also an area for kids to do what kids do best… make a mess. I initially wanted something hidden inside the pantry, per the inevitable mess. I had searched my favs; Hobby Lobby, Target, Home Goods and Michaels, and came up empty handed on just the right size and functionality. So what’s a girl to do? Make it herself!

I went back to my ‘go to’ online bestie, Amazon, to order my supplies. Mostly because I can get close to everything I need without toting my crazy energetic 2 & 4 year old boys to the store, all from the comfort of my bed with a simple click on my phone…. I know, it’s dangerous.

Here’s what I started with:

Martha Stewart Crafts Chalkboard Stencils – Calendar

 Chalkboard pens

Foam Roller & Tray Set

(I ordered two of these so I could just throw away the roller after the magnetic and chalkboard coats. I know it’s wasteful, but it’s way too difficult, potent, and messy to clean)

 Rust-Oleum 30 oz Chalkboard Paint

 Rust-Oleum 30 oz Magnetic Primer

(Don’t spring for the larger primer and chalkboard cans. I only used about a quarter of each and I ordered the 30 oz. size)

 Blue Painter’s Tape

Starting with a blank slate, this door offered the perfect panels for a nice organized calendar, to-do list, and shopping list on top as well as a great space for the kiddos on the bottom.

I first taped off the edges, which took the most time overall. I wanted to make sure to get the lines perfectly straight since the black and white contrast is anything but forgiving. Next step was to roll on the magnetic primer. This stuff is potent so be sure to have a window or door open.  The more coats of magnetic primer, the stronger the magnetic hold will be. I put on 3 coats and let it dry at least 30 minutes between each coat.


I waited a full 24 hours before moving onto the chalkboard coat. Also why I ordered two of the roller kits to reduce the mess and clean up in between. I used the same method and added 3 coats of the chalkboard paint waiting at least 30 minutes between each coat of paint. Don’t be alarmed, when you open the can… it is blue, not black. This kind of freaked me out and was hesitant to go for it but in the end it dries black. (insert sigh of relief)

After another 48 hours, I started the stencil work. Since I can’t freehand anything that looks fancy, Martha Stewart came to my rescue. Her stencil packs are amazing and so easy to use. I spent about 30 minutes stenciling in a really cool calendar and I’m not gonna lie, it looked really cool. Until it was time to change the month… I had such a hard time removing the chalkboard pen and when it was all said and done, I decided that it was waaayyy tooo much work to update monthly. I ordered a pre-stenciled magnetic template and have found it much more feasible to keep updated. It may not look as pretty, but its practical and I’m at a stage in life where practical is ESSENTIAL.


I also ordered these really cute Melissa and Doug Dino Magnets for the boys and added them to the bottom panel.


All in all, I’m happy with how it turned out and my boys love to play with it too! What are some fun chalkboard projects you’ve done?


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