Life is lived in the Small Moments. Use the good plates, silver & cloth napkins. Eat the bread. Enjoy how your body feels when you work out. Enjoy crafts with your kids. Sew the things. Read the books. Drink the coffee & tea. Drink the wine. Eat the chocolate. Eat the veggies. Walk, Run, Do Yoga. Buy the cute outfit. Volunteer. Travel. Hope. Inspire. Create. Hug someone. Hug everyone. Live, Laugh & Love in the Small Moments.
I told you guys that I needed to make a menu board for my kitchen because every time I want to make dinner I have to come to the blog to remember what I'm supposed to be making!!
It was silly. I knew that I wanted it to be chalkboard so that I can change it each week.
I bought gray chalkboard paint several weeks ago, but I didn't know what I was going to paint to make my menu board. I thought about using a bulletin board that we had behind a door somewhere (in the way, even though it was supposed to "hidden"), but I decided that it was too big and I didn't know how well it would take the paint. This is our finished project!
I keep a stash of canvases for random painting in my craft room, so I ended up using one of those.
I began by painting my canvas.
I used waaaaaay too much paint and ended up also painting some wooden hearts that I had for another project with the excess paint. That's what happens when you just squirt the paint all over the canvas!
Oh yeah, I used the back of that huge bulletin board as my painting backdrop. I think we can see now that it would definitely have been too big!
After the paint dried for a couple days, I attempted to stencil
"Weekly Menu" on my Menu board.
I stink at stenciling. No matter what, I just can't seem to get it to work.
I ended up sanding the "Weekly Menu" and then painted around it to get the letters better.
Then, I traced the letters with a silver oil-based sharpie marker and made a grid design behind the words.
I attached binding tape to the outside around all of the edges with an extra length at the top to make something to hang it with. This took a couple days, too. I had to wait for each side to dry before I could do another side. Inevitably, I'd get busy and only do one side a day.
I used some of the leftover tiles from the backsplash that my hubby put up to make a frame on the canvas. I was going to just do it around the outside of the canvas on the front, but I ended up putting tiles on the outside also to make it look more finished. The tiles on the outside covered the binding tape. I just used tacky glue for everything. We'll see how it holds up!
It has been helpful so far! I still need to make my meal plan for this week and then I can change it!
Do you create a meal plan each week? How do you keep track of it?