A DIY Menu Board adds cozy charm to your kitchen or dining space. Stay on track of weekly meal prep goals and let everyone know what’s cooking with this practical and pretty kitchen art. Comprehensive supply list and step-by-step tutorial included.
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Of all the rooms in the house, I do find that the kitchen can be the trickiest to decorate. I am uncompromising about it remaining uncluttered – I need space to be a messy cook! However, I want cozy and charm, so the few decoration I have must earn their place.
One I think I love is weekly meal planning, and this DIY menu board featured in our kitchen remodel adds charm while keeping our busy household on track. It’s simple to stay the meal prep course when our weekly menu is posted in black and white for all to see!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS PROJECT
- Completely customizable for your aesthetic.
- Hang it for a dinner party or regular weekday meals.
- No power tools required.
- Budget friendly DIY decor- a great way to upcycle!
- Update the menu board with seasonal themes: Thanksgiving menu, hot cocoa bar, etc.
Materials and Supplies
- Frame for your weekly menu. I bought this shadowbox for $18 at HomeGoods.
- Paint scraper
- Black Chalkboard Paint or Chalkboard Vinyl
- Paint brush & Small foam roller
- Cutting Machine (Optional)
- Multi-surface or Chalk paint
- Transfer paper or Painter’s tape
A step-by-step tutorial card is posted at the bottom of the page for your convenience. Feel free to print it out by hitting the print button.
Where to Find Stencils for Lettering
I try to make these little projects as versatile as possible for different situations. There are several ways to cut a letter stencil:
- Print out large letters from Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc. Cut them out or use a simple transfer technique.
- A cutting machine such as a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut.
- Purchase a large lettering stencil. So many options available!
I purchased the laurels and menu stencils on our menu chalkboard from the Silhouette store. I cut them on transferable vinyl.
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I’m so happy with how my chalkboard menu project turned out! That frame had me at “Hello.” I’m so glad I trusted my gut.
Have you DIY’ed your own menu board? I’d love to see what you’ve created at home.
Adding a menu board to your home is a charming way to incorporate your cooking routine into your decor. Display in the kitchen for weeknight meals or use it for your next big gathering. Let everyone know what’s cooking!
There are many good options for different projects available. I used a personal fav, Black Chalkboard Paint by Krylon, for this project. My other top picks are Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint and American Crafts DIY Shop Chalkboard Paint.
Chalkboard paint doesn’t require priming for most surfaces – a clean surface and 2-3 coats will suffice. However, check the back of the product for specific instructions.
Chalk paint is a mineral based paint that often contains plaster of paris or calcium carbonate to give it a matte chalky finish. It’s often used for antiquing/refinishing furniture. Chalkboard paint turns any surface into a working chalkboard and is often water based.
Most paints are resistant to water after a day or two. However, paint won’t reach maximum hardness until about 21 days of air drying.
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DIY Menu Board
- Paint Brush
- Small Foam Roller
- Stencil See post for ideas
- Prep the backing material if necessary. Clean and sand smooth. For a fresh or raw surface, prime with a high quality bonding primer.
- Paint two coats of a high-quality Black Chalkboard Paint. A small foam roller usually provides the smoothest texture for the board. Allow to dry completely for at least overnight.
- After the paint is dry, use white paint to add any decorative details that will be permanent.
- For intricate patterns use a stencil and lay the stencil using painter's tape or transfer tape. Make sure stencil is completely flat and attached to the board so that paint won't get under the edges.
- Season the chalkboard. take a bit of chalk and rub it all over the chalkboard lightly. Then use a soft cloth to wipe it off in circular motions. It may take a few times of doing this to get the real chalkboard effect.