There isn’t much about our kitchen that we really “love.” It needs all new cabinets, appliances that match, some tile with a little more personality, and a whole different configuration. However we do love 2 things about it: the skylight(who doesn’t love a skylight) and the pocket door.
We aren’t quite sure why there is a pocket door on the kitchen, but we don’t care. We love the quirky charm! The former owners told us that it didn’t work and that if we didn’t want to look at the exposed edge all the time, we would have to remove it.
Challenge Accepted! After a lot of WD-40 along with plenty of pulling and pushing, it works! It wasn’t actually broken at all, it was just really stuck.
Since we weren’t the biggest fans of the half white and half gray paint job that it had going on, we started thinking about what we wanted to do. Painting it white like the trim seemed too bland, but going for a bright color might compete with our already bold red floors.
Then I remembered something I saw on another Mid-Century Modern home blog, A Goode House. Stacey wrote about decorating their sliding chalkboard pantry door, and I thought it was so clever! Plus, the black of the chalkboard paint is pretty bold and it wouldn’t compete with the bold floor.
So off to Home Depot we went, and picked up this Rust-oleum chalkboard paint.
Before I could start painting, I had to prep the door. I first gave it a light sanding to rough up the semigloss surface, and then I got to break out my new toy: my dremel tool. The last 3 paint jobs this door had, all involved completely painting over the door hardware. This had been peeving me since day one, and now I finally got to address it!
So I put on my particle mask and got to work! It only took me about 20 minutes to buff off all the paint and reveal those shiny handles that have been hiding for the last 20+ years!
When the prep was complete, I made sure to tape off the white trim with painters tape. I just have to say that Frog Tape is the best. I used to swear by the blue stuff, and I don’t want to hate, but Frog Tape kicks its ass! Anyway… After covering all the exposed trim, I got started rolling with a tiny foam roller to ensure that the paint would go on smoothly. One coat later, it wasn’t looking so great.
Anxiously I looked at the can to see how long I would have to wait to apply another coat. The can said 3 hours. 3 HOURS?!!!! I thought, “What if the next coat didn’t cover either? This could potentially be a 9 hour project? 1 door in 9 hours?” I just couldn’t do that.
So I waited an hour, when the paint was dry to the touch, and painted another coat. That’s right, I’m a rebel. That’s just how I roll….sometimes.
In the end it took three coats to cover evenly, and they were all applied an hour apart. Then I carefully slid the door back into the wall and left it for the required 3 days. I figured that since I didn’t follow the 3 hours rule, I should probably follow the 3 day rule.
So how did it turn out 3 days later?
We think it looks great! Now we can write notes and recipes while cooking, and it’s a lot easier to reference than a cookbook. The best part is that when we are finished, we can just slide it back into the wall!
Now I just need to work on my hand typography skills!