Recycled Cabinet Door

It’s time again for our Upcycle Challenge! I have so much fun with this monthly project just because I get to see what everyone in the group has come up with. I’ve gotten so many ideas and my brain is swirling with inspiration from all the talented gals that are a part of this. Be sure to hop around to the different blogs and you will see what I mean.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Kim | Made in a Day
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay    Sue | A Purdy Little House
Kimm | Reinvented    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home 
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Toni | Small Home Soul     Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
 Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Marie | DIY Adulation    Chelsea | Making Manzanita
Michelle | Michelle James Designs     Denise | My Thrifty House    Sara | Twelve on Main
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Chelc | Inside the Fox Den
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Florence | Vintage Southern Picks

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

Here’s my project for this month….

Recycled Cabinet Door Tutorial

Chalkboard next to a front door

I found this cabinet door at my local thrift store that had already been painted with a vinyl saying attached for $4.00. I loved the knobs that were already there and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it….AN OUTDOOR CHALKBOARD.

Cabinet door pegboard

Recycled Cabinet Door Supplies

  • An old cabinet door any size you’d like
  • Latex, chalk, or milk paint in the color of your choice. I chose a creamy white.
  • Paint brush
  • Chalkboard paint 
  • Sandpaper
  • Knobs
  • Two eye screws and chain to hang

I had the idea of using the knobs to hang a seasonal wreath so I turned the cabinet door around with the knobs at the top. If you’d like to make a wreath like mine here’s what you need.

  • Aluminum Wire
  • Burlap Tape
  • Fall Leaves

Fall wreath supplies

Recycled Cabinet Door Instructions

  • Clean and lightly sand your cabinet door. 
  • Paint the front and sides of the door. Let dry and repeat.

Painted cabinet door chalkboard

  • Tape off the edges where you will be painting the chalkboard section in the center.
  • Paint on two coats of chalkboard paint, drying after each coat.
  • Sand and distress the edges and a few places on the board.
  • Drill holes for your knobs and screw them into place. 
  • Screw the eye screws on the back at the top corners and connect chain.

Simple Fall Leaf Wreath

  • Cut a piece of wire in the size of circle you want.
  • At one end of the wire start wrapping the burlap tape around the wire at an angle. Cover the wire completely and squeeze as you go.

Wire with burlap wrapped around it and fall leaves

  • Use jute to attach the ends together to form a circle.
  • Hot glue fall leaves onto the wreath.
  • Hang on your chalkboard.

Cabinet Door Chalkboard

I love the idea of changing the wreath out depending on the season and I love how this turned out. It’s added a pop of color to my home.

If you wouldn’t mind could you pin this for us.

Cabinet Door Craft



And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


  1. Cute idea! Love that half the cabinet was basically done for you but you made it look so much better!! Hard to believe it’s almost Fall. Yikes! Visiting from Thrift Store Challenge.

  2. Cabinet doors are so versatile, love what you did with yours! Now you are ready for fall

  3. Awesome job! What I fun and simple way to make a wreath–I love it 🙂

  4. This is such a fun way to decorate your porch! I always see cabinet doors at the restore too so now I have all sorts of ideas for them.

  5. You’ve put me in a mood for fall crafting! Love your upcycled door and wreath. You lucked out with the knobs already on it!
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  6. What a cute idea for the cabinet door. The wreath is adorable as well. I like how you can make it seasonal and personalize it.

  7. Wow such a great makeover. It looks so much better as a chalkboard. Love your shutters on the sides of your front door too! That fall leaf wreath makes me think I need to break out the fall decor, lol.

  8. Cute and useful! Your all ready for fall!

  9. This is so fun! And holy wow, your front porch is gorgeous btw. Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. Hi Dru! Love this upcycle! I’m like you…I would be attracted to those knobs too. They add so much to the cabinet door, and I like the chalkboard idea too. The wreath is so cute! I’m cringing remembering when I threw away a whole package of faux Fall leaves b/c I didn’t have a clue what to do with them at the time. Ugh. Before blogging days. Don’t you always remember the stuff you got rid of??? Always.

  11. This is such a great idea. I love the chalkboard idea and the wreath is a nice touch and gives it a little color. I don’t think I have ever seen a cabinet door at my thrift stores. Now I am going to have to keep an eye out. Great project.

  12. Great use of an old cabinet. The color is so pretty and I love the addition of the knobs.

  13. That is so cute and it has endless possibilities! Awesome job!

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