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#DIY How to make sliding pantry doors with chalkboard paint & styling awesomeness!

Do you ever wish you had a chalkboard eraser for your brain?

I do.   I would erase all of my awkward childhood memories.

The embarrassing ones.  The ones where I visited the principals office.  The ones where I visited the police station.

Yup, my parents took me to the office of the police chief  for stealing lip gloss when I was 9.

That was the last CRIME I committed.

I think I may need more than a chalkboard eraser to erase some of those funky memories.

I may need a shovel.

Or a dump truck.

Or a backhoe.

This could take some time.

Back to chalkboards.

Chalkboard paint and doors.  What a delicious mix.

My awesome friends Jill and Matt created this for their kitchen pantry :

#DIY chalkboard doors : Read how to make your own here https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-chalkboard-doors/

There are many recipes on line for making your own DIY chalkboard paint.

  * You  may  also  just  buy  it *

For this DIY project , you will save sooo much moola on the doors and track hardware, you will have some coin left over to buy the paint.   Or a new pair of shoes.

Whichever comes first.

That would be my choice….the shoes….and buying the paint.

I don’t have time to brush my hair some days, so the thought of mixing up chalkboard paint makes me a bit weak in the knees.

I would rather mix a margarita.  Or mix and match my socks.  Anything.

The one thing I confidently know about chalkboards is how to write lines on them.

Writing lines on chalkboards = childhood for old farts like me.

I went to Catholic School.   I had NUNS as teachers.  Send me a sympathy card.  STAT.

I can still hear it now…from my teacher *cough* NUN, Sister Mary Ellen :

Sister Mary Ellen :

“LYNNE ! Up to the chalkboard you go.  You must write out 100 times….”

” I will not steal my teachers rubber bands to make jumpsies “

I had no idea what she was talking about.  I only borrowed her rubber bands AND then knotted tons of them together to make a jumpsie rope.  Do you remember those?  Epic.

She could have stayed up all night and un-knotted them if she really wanted them back.  Seriously, where was she going to go on a Friday night?  Pub crawl?

For those of you who now think I am ancient…and you have no idea what a rubber band jumpsie rope is…..

This is how it worked :

We joined about a billion rubber bands together to make a long elastic line.  Then you went in search of two suckers friends who were willing to hold on to each end of the elastic line.  You jump over the elastic ROPE a million ways to Tuesday.  For hours on end.  Until some stupid nice teacher called you in from recess.  I think Sister Mary Ellen could have worked on recognizing our way of avoiding class team sportsmanship.  Three young ladies working together.  Brilliance.


At least two young ladies and a willing tree.

We were creative thinkers.  I think Jill would have fit like a glove in our girlzz childhood clan.  Look what she has just sitting around so beautifully in her house.

She is one creative gal !

#DIY chalkboard doors : Read how to make your own here https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-chalkboard-doors/

We also figured out how to put a rubber ball in one leg of pantyhose.  Do you remember those?  We bounced the one legged pantyhosed ball against a wall in a figure eight pattern.  Bliss

My Mom had one legged pantyhose for years.  I have no idea how that happened.  The way I look at it now, I rescued her from having to wear pantyhose.

Panty hose are cruel itchy torture.  Blah.

Since Sister Mary Ellen didn’t have any extra pantyhose in her desk drawer, we had to think outside the box.  Rubber bands to the rescue. We could connect lines of rubber bands from here to there to China.  The chair was connected to the table…. which was connected to door handle…which was connected to Sister Mary Ellen’s desk…..which was connected….. all the way to the principals office.

Sometimes we got caught.

We took turns at ‘taking one for the team’.  Writing lines on a chalkboard became a way of life.

This may explain why I buy my chalkboard paint.  I need to get some nice feeling mojo back into my chalkboard experiences.

I have seen chalkboard paint used in many applications.  Some I like.  Some make me feel a bit uptight.  Yup, uptight.  Gee, I wonder why?


1)  Large chalkboards built into thick funky frames and leaning up against a wall.

2)  Paint a child’s picnic table in chalkboard paint.  Kids LOVE it.

3)  Paint one wall in a creative office space.  Funky and sexy.

4)  Paint plain flat doors with chalkboard paint.  Mount on a track.  Voila. Kitchen Pantry doors.  Deliciously beautiful.  Simple.  Inexpensive alternative.

#DIY chalkboard doors : Read how to make your own here https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-chalkboard-doors/

I was so excited when I saw my friends idea in their kitchen…… I almost kissed them.

Actually, I think I did.  Jilly Bean has been a long time friend of mine, and her husband Matt is one of the most incredible builders ever known to mankind.   They created these pantry doors as a DIY project.  That guy Matt knows how to think ‘outside the builder’s box.’

He thinks green.  He thinks smart.

He knows how to do a project that not only saves money, but is creatively brilliant.  And he is cute.  Just sayin’.


Have you priced the hardware for a sliding door?  Track hardware can set you back.  Hundreds of dollars.  You may need to give up your first born child to pay for it.  Or sell all your worldly possessions. The super cool thaaang that Jill and Matt did was buy the hardware for these doors at farm supply store.  Yup.  A tractor shop!!

These are standard tracks that are used to hang barn doors.

How cool is This ?!

#DIY #chalkboard doors : Read how to make your own here https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-chalkboard-doors/


Need another alternative to door track hardware?  I have a coolio free DIY sliding door track hardware tutorial right here on ze blawg.  You’ll save a bucket load of moola and have some gorgeous Amish made wooden wheels too.  Booyah!! Awesomeness!!!

Need more?!! Here’s a book on how to make sliding door hardware.  Holy batman, right?



They also bought standard hollow doors.  You know the kind.  The kind that are not all that and a bag of chips.  Inexpensive.  Flat.  Boring.

Until the magic of chalkboard paint and a track hardware hits them.  BAM.

These doors hide an entire kitchen pantry.  You can chalk it full of your goods, small kitchen appliances, drawers and crown jewels.  Shhhh.

Jill and Matt have a boat load of kids too.  Jill told me that the chalk dust is not an issue at all.  She barely ever notices it.  I promise, Jill never lies.  She might lie about their family whereabouts now that I have shown the inside of their kitchen and confessed that her husband is cute.


And the end of the day, this is one of my all time favourite ideas.  I love it when that happens.

Now you know why I kissed them.

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Mwah!   xx


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  1. AD says:

    Hilarious!! Glad I stumbled upon your blog! Great ideas and so fun!!! Thanks for sharing….

    p.s. I completely forgot about rubber band jumpsies!!! Omg! Lol! Thanks for the throw-back to childhood! I’ve got to do one with my little girl now… ?

  2. JaseyJade says:

    Your blog is absolutely amazing! I love the way you write and your pictures.. everything is just simply perfect!!!!
    Nice DiY btw!

  3. Megan says:

    Hi Lynne – I know this is a late post, but hoping you will still reply. Could you check with Jill & Matt to see if they have any issues with the doors getting pushed and broke since there is no bottom track on the four doors? I am hoping to do something similar in a playroom and want to know if I should plan for a bottom track. Thanks!

    • Hi Megan,

      My friends Jill & Matt have 3 boys and they have lots of pals…and they haven’t had any problems with the doors getting pushed or broke.

      Whew, huh?

      Don’t you love great news like that? I do. I do.

      Lynne xx

  4. Emily says:

    Dear Lynne,
    Great post! I’m dying to find the elusive TSC multiple track sliding door hardware described for Jill & Matt’s chalk board doors . Can’t find it anywhere on the TSC website!
    Any help is much appreciated. I’m fixing up an old firehouse…these would look great and help the budget!

  5. Carol says:

    love it

  6. Kathleen Martin says:

    Did they have to do anything special to the hollow core doors to attach the hardware to them? Everything I have found says to use a solid door, but I just found an amazing old louvered door that I’m fairly certain is hollow and I would love to use it for my project but don’t want to ruin it!

    • Hi Kathleen
      That’s a good question ! I will ask my friend for you and get back to you.
      Cheers !

    • Hi Kathleen,
      My pals Matt and Jill wrote back to me to answer your door question.

      Here you go….

      I thought I better let you know about the doors. I’m always looking for practical or simple solutions and the doors definitely fell into that category. I ordered 32”x 96” mahogany slabs from Rona. Our opening was about 10’ overall. The hardware is pretty hi-tech, it’s galvanized barn door track from the good ole TSC. It works beautifully and would handle much heavier doors. They use a big u-shaped bracket that bolts through the door with 4 big bolts. So, I would say you could use that hardware on almost any door installation.
      Hope this helps.
      Take care, Matt

  7. simona says:

    It helps a lot! Thanks!

  8. simona says:

    Hello Lynne,
    Love ur friend’s sliding chalkboard doors. I want to do it in my home. The thing is I have over a 100 inches from floor to ceiling, hollow doors are 80 inches in height. Did ur friends have special doors? If so where can I get them? Did they combine doors? I see no seams, so I can’t imagine. If possible I would love to know. Thanks for sharing ur ideas and knowledge.

    • Hiya Simona !

      I wrote to my pals to ask them about the doors and their sizing. I will {hopefully} let you know soon. Cheers !! Lynne

    • Hi again Simona

      Here is what my pal Jill wrote to answer your question:

      So, for Simona, I think our ceiling is about 100 inches too. What we did is built a little tiny overhang from the ceiling (about twelve or so inches wide, and it looks just like our walls) to put the track into, and then the barn door hardware attaches to the hollow door, and that metal track.

      Cheers! Lynne

  9. Cate says:

    I LOVE your sense of humor… And the great tips! Keep up the good work,

  10. Eleana says:

    Its really a great idea to have chalkboard doors.One can easily write down the menu or things which he/she can forgot.Love this idea of yours.

  11. Crystal Rubybeets says:

    What is greater,your ideas or your expression of them? Dunno. It’s all great!

  12. Brenda says:

    Wow Lynn, how timely..I just hung 2 old 5 panel pine doors on old barn track to go from my workshop into my studio space..Since I only had one set of old barn hangers I bought a set for the 2nd door at the feed store..not quite as nice as the oldie but for 40. bucks wonderful……I also hung an old CNR Station door [fantastic old thing with the most beautiful cast hand pull]on my studio wall AND painted it entirely in chalk paint so folks can leave notes when they visit.)) I used ben moore chalk paint..oh yeah with the $$I saved on using old track….haha

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Brenda…those doors sound stunning! What a brilliant idea too to use the door as a space for others to leave notes. I can’t do that at my place. Friends and family would write…” Please make popcorn, and leave more cold beer available because P.s. we had a party in your house when you weren’t here “. LOL.

  13. Ivo says:

    Hi Lynne,,

    I think the chalkboards are too dark to use them and chalk is awful when you breathe it, don’t you think? 🙂

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Ivo
      I think the dark chalkboard could look fabulous in a light bright room. My friends tell me that the chalkboard dust is very minimal. No problem at all. They also wipe their chalkboards with a damp cloth. I think I will give it a try. I just LOVE the look of it all.

  14. Lotte Hedges says:

    Hi Lynne,
    I saw Brenda last month and she told me about your blog. Took me awhile to read almost the entire webpage – you are prolific, you are! and funny and charming. Who is this nice person saying all this nice stuff about me, you ask? You probably don’t remember me; you got some Jerusalem artichokes from me one time (or something from my garden, ’cause why on earth would you want J.a’s? lol) and gave me a bicycle basket – my son Scott went to school with Shelby; I lived on Pioneer Way in Flamborough. Now I live in Meaford.. Love your treehouse; sorry about your dear hubby; I wish you all good things!!!!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Oh my goodness gracious Lotte !!
      So great to hear from you. I will never forget how Brenda turned me onto to such incredible gardening. Wow!! I am envious of you ‘green thumb-ers’ 🙂
      Yes, of course I remember ! I remember the bicycle basket too. We bought that when we traveled to China. I usually forget important things, like dates, birthdays, special events…but I remember bicycle baskets and flowers. LOL. I have my priorities straight. haha!
      How about a road trip? My treehouse is right in the middle of your place and Brenda’s. We could have a girlzzz night in the treehouse !
      We will be on the cover of OUR HOMES magazine next month. It is a local mag for you too, so I hope you see it. They are free. Steal all that you can. Bring them to me :)) I can autograph them for my three or four fans. haha.
      Sending love !

  15. “Writing lines on a chalkboard became a way of life.” – hahaha….oh, lynne you are too funny!! love it!!!! and u!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Ohhhh you sure know me 🙂 Sending love right back atcha, my friend and fellow goofball/road trip gal pal.
      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  16. ciely says:

    Catholic school … so many stories out there.
    My favorite num was SAK (sister Ann kathleen) she was a science nerd.
    who brought in a volcano that would erupt lava all over her desk.
    We’d roar with laughter AT HER then….
    now years later we’d probably laugh WITH HER.
    She was a riot!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Ciely,
      That is hilarious ! She sounded like a hoot ! Who says that Nuns can’t have a big laugh? 🙂 She was probably snickering when the students weren’t looking. Awesome memory !!
      Lynne xx

  17. Maureen says:

    ‘Cripes Kate’ … You catholic girls were soooo baaaaad … One of my fave movies from way back …’The Trouble With Angels’ … You could have doubled for Haley Mills. I remember jumpsies, double dutch, and putting playing cards on my bike spokes to make it sound like a motor
    (got on trouble for that one) . We put chalk. Board paint on the one and only walk in the kitchen at the TO condo. Grocery lists and messages and sometimes artwork are the ever changing decor. I’ve never noticed the chalk dust either.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      I am going to rent that movie this week in Toronto. You just gave me a hot tip on which movie to rent while I am lazing in the hotel room in my BED HEAD jammies :). Not that I would ever just laze. Blog Podium?! What Blog Podium ?! LOL. xx
      P.s. Thanks for the double dutch childhood memory reminder ! Loved that game. I can still hear the sound of the skipping ropes smacking the pavement. xx

  18. carina says:

    OK, I LOVE that chalkboard, and I want one. Tomorrow! But what I love more, is that your mom (your real mom?) is commenting here and is just as stinking hilarious as you!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Carina !
      Ohhhh yah, that’s my REAL Mom. She is hilare…especially with her cleaning tips. She cracks me up. How’s Paris these days? Are you staying out of trouble? LOL. I hope not. Bisous
      Lynne xx

  19. mom says:

    Where were you Lynne when I was your Mom and raising you??? How come you never had these ideas then…….wait…I guess that was my job!!! Stink is it too late for me? I’m still hanging my wrought iron scroll wall decoration upside down to dust it. Remember that? LOL I guess I never did pass down my creative cleaning tips (ok that one really made me laugh) Tell me you remember some fun times when you were just a kid yourself, or I’ll never get out of therapy :o)

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Mom!
      You were there….that is why I remember all the hilarious stuff that happened. We had a hoot ! It was Sister Mary Ellen that was a cranky pants. haha. We coaxed a few laughs outta her.
      P.s. I totally remember the “tip artwork upside down on wall’ to clean it…what a hot household cleaning tip. TOO FUNNY!
      Love you xx

  20. Warm and entertaining as usual! Love the doors and stories.. PS we called a jumpies a Chinese Jump Rope. Forgot all about them…till your blog.

  21. Woman, I loves ya. There’s nothing else to say.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Coming from one of my all time favorite bloggers in the whole wide blog-o-sphere of yumminess ….. That is one awesome compliment. Right back atcha sista !!
      Big love !
      Lynne xx

  22. Linda says:

    Hey Lynne! I love to shop in barn and boat hardware stores and dream about how the stuff could be used in a home – nice to see someone “step-up” and really make the dream happen.

    I recommend shopping in “tack” stores (where horseback riders shop) for clothes and boots and those rubber garden trugs and brass hooks and and and . . .

    Thanks for updating your blog address! 🙂


    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Watch out. I might kiss you too. Just the thought of buying stuff in tack shops…. Sends me to the moon. Riding boots, the smell of the leather tack, funky feed buckets….. I’ve considered licking the salt lick !! 🙂 My horses always made that salt lick look so tempting.
      Lynne xx