Our New DIY Chalkboard Menu Board Project

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?

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  1. Wow! That looks incredible. I’m so impressed. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you stopping by to party with us. We hope to see you, tonight at 7 pm. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Thanks so much for your pin and tweet and your kind words! I love to stop by your party. SO many cute things and ideas. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This turned out so wonderfully! pinned and tweeted and followed on fb =D

    1. Thanks for the pin and tweet! And thanks for stopping by. :) Hope to see you at another online party soon!


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