Guest Bedroom Old Door Chalkboard

My guest bedroom got a much needed makeover when the DRG moved in because his son stays with us on weekends. My decorating challenge was to make the room appropriate for a 10 year old boy AND the adults (like my mom) who visit on occasion.

It was definitely high time to make it look like something other than a junk room.

My first project was the Giant Pallet Headboard with Lights. The headboard came out great and it’s still one of my favorite DIYs to date. This rustic focal point set the tone for the rest of the room.

DIY Giant Pallet Headboard with galvanized sconces

The duvet set came from, you can find it HERE. Overstock is my favorite source for inexpensive duvet sets – I’ve purchased several and have been thrilled with them. For whatever reason, they are crazy expensive everywhere locally.

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I also added Burlap Clipboards next to the bed. I can easily change these out with different quotes and song lyrics.

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I ended up with an empty wall on one side and wanted to put something in that spot that wouldn’t take up a lot of floor space. This is the smallest of my 3 small bedrooms, so it’s pretty tiny.

old white door

I started with an old extra door I had leftover from my old door fence project. This one was peeling, and not in a good way – I think the previous owner had painted latex over the original stain without priming.

I scraped the inside of the door, primed it and added 3 coats of chalkboard paint.

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I also sanded down the edges and rubbed some brown glaze over the white paint to take the edge off the bright white finish.

Old Door Chalkboard - My guest bedroom got a much needed makeover and it's full of creative, budget friendly DIY projects, like this old door chalkboard

I had a couple old brass hooks in my basement, so I spray painted them antique nickel and mounted them on the side to hold 2 little galvanized buckets from the Dollar Store for chalk. Since I had all the other materials on hand, this project came in a whopping $2.

Old Door Chalkboard - My guest bedroom got a much needed makeover and it's full of creative, budget friendly DIY projects, like this old door chalkboard

Yes…I know the fuzzy sherpa butterfly chair is not exactly awesome decor – but it is perfect for a 10 year old kid who likes his X-Box.

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We had the DRG’s extended family over for dinner not too long after I put this up and they used the chalkboard to leave sweet messages for Jimmy, which he loved.

Old Door chalkboard - My guest bedroom got a much needed makeover and it's full of creative, budget friendly DIY projects, like this old door chalkboard

The room is almost done, but there is one area I’m still trying to figure out.

vintage fan
I totally have a thing about vintage fans – I have at least 4 or 5 of them around my house

The long low dresser has the TV and gaming equipment on it, but the other one has been a challenge.

thrift store dresser

The dresser itself is fine…my mom bought it at a thrift store about 20 years ago for a few dollars but never did anything with it. I rescued it a few years ago and gave it a seafoamy blue-green finish and some new knobs. The paint color didn’t work the bedding in here, so I gave it a more neutral paint job.

I haven’t been able to come up with an arrangement of stuff that I like on top of it.

Guest bedroom

I like the individual components, I just haven’t come up with an arrangement to make it all gel together, you know?

I love the vintage globe and the giant jack, not sure how I feel about the shelves. Should they stay, or go, or be rearranged? These are the dilemmas that keep me up at night. 😉

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Old Door Chalkboard - My guest bedroom got a much needed makeover and it's full of creative, budget friendly DIY projects, like this old door chalkboard

If you liked my upcycled door, head over The Shabby Creek Cottage where I’m participating in an upcycle challenge. You’ll find tons of creative and cool upcycle projects from bloggers all over the country. Cool, right?

I’m also linking this project up at some terrific blog parties – you can find my complete list of places I party HERE.

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About Julie

Julie is a serial entrepreneur, marketer, former newspaper columnist, black belt bargain hunter, voracious reader, gardener, music lover, foodie, wino, avid party thrower, hopeless romantic, closet Parrot Head and DIY machine.

  • Debra Pashkowsky

    I love the big giant chalk board. What fun it will be for you and all of your guests.

  • Sherry Nappa

    What an awesome bedroom! I love the headboard and the chalk board. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday.

  • Keri Roberts

    Julie, this chalkboard is great!! Such a fun addition to the room. How sweet that your family left Jimmy messages. Love that vintage fan!! I know how you feel about the dresser and the shelves I stare at my living room wall and the shelves on it wondering what else I should add or take away. Anyway, I’m sure whatever you do will look great!! 🙂

    • It’s a process, isn’t it? Sometimes it comes together on the first try, but usually it evolves. Not a bad thing, but I’m really impatient! LOL

  • That is adorable!! What a great idea for a kid’s room, too! #HomeMattersParty

  • Stacey Keeling

    Julie, I like everything about this room. The chalkboard is awesome! What did we all do before we incorporated old doors? I love mine. 🙂

    Pinning. Happy Thoughts of Home!!

    • A better question is – are we going to look at them in a few years and say, “Oh, those old doors…so 2015”. LOL


    This room is so cozy! I am in love with the headboard & the chalkboard door is so cool! I would love to find a vintage fan that color. I’m on the hunt! #HomeMattersParty

    • I used to be able to find those fans really easily at the flea market and they were cheap – which is why I have a lot of them. For whatever reason, I haven’t seen any in years.

  • This room looks like place to stay. It looks like a vacation destination.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again when we open our doors at 12 AM EST on Friday.

  • LOVE that chalkboard door! What a fun thing to have hanging around the house. Super cute and practical too. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting at the #HomeMattersParty – we appreciate you! 🙂

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  • Crystal Mendez

    Julie–come over and decorate and do DIY projects all over my house! Please 🙂 LOL. I really love how the door came out. You’re a genius! #HomeMattersParty

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  • Merit Weidman Kirkpatrick

    OK – love the room! I am still drooling over the vintage fan 🙂 You and the DRG seem perfect for each other! Thanks for sharing your room make over at #HomeMattersParty

  • Homespun Engineer

    Awesome room! You did a great job making it multi-functional and still a sweet room for a little guy.

  • Tania Pelletier

    What a sweet room, I love that pallet headboard and the chalkboard door is fun!