Next Friday is the start of the Edmonton Renovation Show and I'm excited to be a part of it this year! I created something for the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge Unhinged! presented by Rust-Oleum in support of Habitat for Humanity Northern Alberta. We were asked to make something from an old door we found at the HFH Restore, and I created a DIY message centre. Today, I wanted to share how I made it so that you could make one too, how you can bid on my door creation (with the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity) and how you could win 4 tickets to the Edmonton Renovation Show next weekend PLUS front row seats to hear Bryan Baeumler speak next Friday night!
It's no secret that I love sticking stuff on doors and walls to help with the organization and cuteness of my home. This antique-door-turned-message-centre is such a fun way to keep your family organized!
Here's how I made it.
First, I found a beautiful, chippy old door at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Doesn't it look so romantic and shabby chic?! I LOVE old stuff.
I wanted to keep the chippy look of this door, but I didn't know if this was lead paint or not. I carefully wet scraped the flaking parts of the paint off the door. Then I cleaned the door with a de-greaser (I usually use a cleaner like Windex for de-greasing old furniture).
Next, I painted 2 coats of clear poly over the entire door to encapsulate the original finish.
I found a nicely textured picture frame with a glass insert at my local second hand store and I made sure that it fit inside the trim of my door.
I popped out the glass, and painted it with chalkboard paint using my trusty foam roller. 2 coats did the trick!
Next, I made a wire basket from hardware cloth that was a nice size to fit mail and letter-sized paper. You can find my video on how to make wire mesh baskets here. I spray painted both the basket and my picture fraim with oil rubbed bronze metallic spray paint.
I popped my glass insert painted with chalkboard paint into my frame once everything was dry, and my oh-so-handy-hubby nailed the new chalkboard to the top of the door.
He also screwed the wire mesh basket onto the lower left side of the door.
Beside the basket, we mounted a sweet little blue mason jar using the same technique that I shared in yesterday's hanging mason jar storage post. This would be a great spot to store chalk, pens, or display a flower!
We installed some hooks onto each side of the door and onto the top center of the door. These could be for accessories, keys... anything you'd want to keep in a central location that's easy to find! A handmade bunting banner finishes the door off nicely and adds a splash of colour.
Beneath the mail basket and the mason jar, I attached 2 clipboards. They could hold anything from calendars to chore charts. I found these beautiful free printable calendars here.
I'm totally thrilled with how this project turned out. Though I'm admittedly sad that I'm not keeping it, I'm also happy that it will be sold for a good cause! You can find this door at the Edmonton Renovation Show this weekend as part of the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge Unhinged! presented by Rust-Oleum in support of Habitat for Humanity Northern Alberta. Please check it out and bid on it if you like it! (I'd love to see pics of you there with the door - if you spot it, don't forget to tag me on Instagram so that I can say HI!)
Want a chance to win FOUR tickets to the Edmonton Renovation Show next weekend (January 29-31, 2016) PLUS front row seats to hear Bryan Baeumler speak on Friday night?!
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