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Spruce up a flat paneled door with Valspar tintable chalkboard paint, and make it a fun and creative surface for kids.  Let me show you how we replaced our finger pinching bifold closet doors with flat panel tintable chalkboard closet doors for our kids bedroom.  A quick and easy upgrade!

Kids closet organization with tintable chalkboard closet doors

After revealing our recent kids closet organization with you, I wanted to share a little more detail on the closet doors themselves.  I really do cringe every time I see a bifold closet door, because we’ve had so many owie fingers due to those folding doors.  I knew right away that I wanted to replace the bifolds, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money doing it.

Kids closet organization with tintable chalkboard closet doors

So we headed to the home improvement stores and found that the very basic, flat panel doors were inexpensive and I couldn’t help but imagine several ways we could customize the doors for a more creative and functional surface.

Here is the room before:

Kids closet bi fold doors before image

These two girls of mine love to play school in their bedroom, so creating a chalkboard surface for them was the first thing that came to my mind.  I ended up selecting some Valspar tintable chalkboard paint and had it tinted a light blue/gray color that I thought would work well for the bedroom color scheme.

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Valspar Tintable chalkboard paint for kids closet doors

Near the chalkboard paint there was a brochure with all the chalkboard colors in this particular line.  However, the paint guru at the paint desk told me it seems to work to tint it any color from any paint sample, so I decided to give that a try.  He said, if anything, it seems to just dry slightly darker than the paint sample so I went a little lighter on the color card.

Kids closet organization with tintable chalkboard closet doors

It took 2 coats of paint to give me a beautiful chalky finish.  Then I prepped the chalkboard surface by rubbing some chalk sideways all across the inside and outsides of the doors, and then wiped it clean.

The flat panel doors gave the perfect smooth surface for the chalkboard, and also a nice flat surface on the inside to store more of their classroom “essentials”.

Kids closet organization for stuffed animals

Now I get to enjoy sneaking in every once in awhile and catching my kiddos in classroom action.  It’s the cutest thing ever!

Kids closet organization with tintable chalkboard closet doors

Or they have enjoyed making their chore lists right on the doors, whether or not they actually get done.

Kids closet organization with tintable chalkboard closet doors


Kids closet organization with tintable chalkboard closet doors

I love thinking outside the traditional chalkboard colors and surfaces to invite creativity into our home.  I mean, when else can writing on the walls be so acceptable?!

Kids closet organization with tintable chalkboard closet doors

Be sure to check out all the details of our closet organization for this space.  I’ve also created my own tintable chalkboard paint using special ingredients in regular paint.  For that tutorial, visit my DIY Large Framed Chalkboard, or I’ve also made a DIY Reversible Chalkboard & Whiteboard that’s fun for a handheld chalkboard surface.

So much chalkboard fun!  Have you ever tried tintable chalkboard paint?  What color can you imagine for a fun chalkboard surface?  I’d love to know in the comments below!

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  1. This is such a great idea! I just found your blog through farmhouse on Boone, and I have loved looking at all your great ideas and beautiful decor.

    1. Consider it done! That would have been so much cuter to photograph! Where were you a week ago Shellie 😉

  2. I think that was a great idea and know they are truly loving it. My children are grown but, we use to have to keep them from wanting to write on a wall this certainly would have been great back then,lol!