>First BOY project


It’s my baby brother’s birthday tomorrow! He will turn 13, and it’s so hard for me to believe!Every year, he shrugs his shoulders when I ask him what he wants for his birthday. It’s so hard to find a present he wants! So this year, I decided to go a different way, and tried to get creative with the first of those cabinet doors I picked up for free…

I removed the hinges and gave it a light sanding. Next, I painted the border and gave the middle a small coat as well. I had some old corkboard leftover from my necklace organization project, so I cut some pieces to size and laid them out on the cabinet door.

Starting to look better! Now, I will have to put a “disclaimer” with the direction that the rest of the project took. Remember…this is for a 13 year old boy, who happens to be an Eagles football fan. I would like to make a project like this for my house now…but without the crazy fabric that only a 13 year old boy would like!

Having said that, I hot-glued some Eagles fabric onto the corkboard. I then painted 3 coats of chalkboard paint on the other half of the wood.

To help make the division between the chalkboard and corkboard sides, I cut a thin dowel down to size, and hot glued it between the two sides…
Almost done! I bought some drawer pulls from Lowes for $0.97 each. I measured, marked, and drilled 3 holes into the bottom of the wood, and here it is!

So different than anything I have made…it’s so…boy! But I think it’s perfect for my brother, and I really am excited to give it to him tomorrow! I’m planning on writing a message to him on the chalkboard for when he opens it instead of a card. Since I can see the potential of this project with some cutesy fabrics and knobs…I am scheming of making one for my house now!

Happy birthday Joey!

Cost breakdown:

Cabinet Door: Free

Ivory Paint: Leftover from my nightstand project

Fabric: $1.68

Corkboard: Leftover from my necklace organization project

Chalkboard paint: Leftover from my classroom chalkboard project

Dowel: $0.59

Knobs: $2.91

Total Cost: $5.18

Update: Here’s the birthday boy with his new present! Happy birthday to my little brother!! 🙂

25 Responses to “>First BOY project”
  1. >I love the way you've done this. You must have a brilliant imagination to have been able to see what you needed to do in your mind's eye.

  2. Jen.Jensen says:

    >So creative. Love how it turned out.

  3. Mel says:

    >What a thoughtful gift. He is going to love it! Teenagers huh? LOL

  4. Brenda says:

    >I'm so glad for you crafters out there that show us "imagination challenged" people what finished things should look like. Once I see it I can do it, but I seldom can put it together on my own. Thanks.Grandmabsimpleliving.blogspot.com

  5. Kathy says:

    >You did a great job-I'm sure he will like this for his room

  6. >This is really a great idea for a cabinet door. You could really do so many different styles with this. Looks great for a boys room!

  7. >that looks great, and being from philly i think it's even better! e-a-g-l-e-s eagles! tell me you weren't doing that as you made it, too.

  8. Kristi says:

    >Ooh, nice!! Great way to upcycle!~ The Speckled Dog

  9. Kristen says:

    >That turned out really cute. My husband is an Eagles fanatic…maybe this would be a good Christmas present for his "ManCave." Hmmm…great job!!!

  10. Leah says:

    >You only spent 5 bucks on your brother!? Geesh! Just Kidding! That's an awesome, thoughtful present!!!

  11. Jill says:

    >What a great gift! and so thrifty too! Thanks for linking to A Round Tuit!Jill @ Creating my way to Successhttp://jembellish.blogspot.com/

  12. >What a wonderful project! Looks great and I love chalkboard paint! The problem with these parties is it makes you want to do all of these awesome projects!I'm now your latest follower. 🙂

  13. Lindy says:

    >I had a boy that would have loved something like this. He still needs a little organization help! So cool!

  14. Pam C says:

    >It looks super! Perfect for Joey! It is already hanging up in his room with all his treasures. You are a great sister to him

  15. Holly says:

    >Great project and very boy-y! LOVE how you used items on hand to create such a cool gift.

  16. Genevieve says:

    >This is an awesome idea!!! My 11 yr old is transitioning from little princess to cool preteen so I need to do the same with her room. This will be perfect. Thanks!

  17. >What a great and personal gift. Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100 Party!

  18. Kelley says:

    >Way too cute! Go eagles!

  19. >Yahoo! I just bought two cabinet doors at a garage sale this weekend,thinking I could make a sign, or something, but now one of them is definitely getting this treatment!Thanks a bunch! I will make sure to give you credit for the idea.Following you now, since I spy a ton of other posts I want to revisit again..Thanks for stopping by my blog, earlier, and for the sweet comment.

  20. Jessica Cook says:

    >This is great! I adore the Eagles fabric! My husband and I are huge Eagles fans!! What a wonderful gift!Happy blogging!

  21. Janet says:

    >Very creative! What a great use for an old cabinet door!

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