I have been wanting to paint a large menu board on our kitchen wall using chalk paint. And I have been wanting to frame that chalkboard with a vintage picture frame…minus the glass.
And I had to realize that our kitchen will not allow me to do this because of the size of our kitchen walls…or lack-there-of.
So I modified my specific wants, came to terms that I probably won’t have the chalkboard menu planner until we buy a new house and my kitchen is a little bigger and will accommodate such demands.
And I came up with this:
I saw something similar to this on a blog I read…go here to check out her menu board.
Basically, I used a picture frame I already had, scrapbook paper that I already had, wooden letters that I already had, stickers, and a black Vis-à-Vis.
So this project totaled about $7.00. Vis-à-Vis markers aren’t cheap.
And yes, we are having that yummy pork tenderloin tonight! It’s in the oven as we speak. My house smells delicious. It’s definitely a family favorite! Thanks, mom!
I’ll post her directions soon on making this piece of pork roast delight so you, too, can sit around for 3 1/2 hours swimming in a lovely aroma of seasonings while your roast cooks to perfection!
Actually, I find that when I have something cooking away in the oven, I am more likely to have more motivation to do my housework. Not sure if anyone else feels this way. Maybe you should try it and tell me. It’s like it completes your duties of the day because you are making the final meal…
Anyways, here is a quick tutorial on the basic idea of this project:
- picture frame
- scrapbook paper (or anything else that will serve as a background…you can get really creative here)
- rubber cement (or hot glue gun)
- wooden letters for the title
- stickers for the days of the week
- black Vis-à-Vis pen (because it has a fine tip)
A great alternative for the Vis-à-Vis would be chalkboard markers. They are great for writing on chalkboards (obviously) and glass. You know the chalkboards that are sometimes above the menus at Starbucks? They use those pens to make it look all bright and cheerful. My sister worked there in college. I know things. I don’t like Dry-Erase markers very much when you are using glass. They don’t write very dark. But that is also another alternative.
…and that’s it! It’s really simple, basic, cheap.
Yet, extremely useful.
What you need to do:
- take the background you have chosen (for me, it was scrapbook paper) and frame it.
- make sure the blank background is lined up how you want it.
- take the paper out and glue on your letters for the “MENU” title with rubber cement or a hot glue gun.
- take your stickers (or whatever else you may choose) and create the days of the week.
- decorate the background however you want. Get creative! You can buy all kinds of embellishments…the possibilities really do seem almost endless. I wanted a more simple menu board so I didn’t do much décor.
- frame the paper.
- take your Vis-à-Vis marker and write on the glass the meals you are planning this week! When the week is up, simply take a damp paper towel and wipe off the marker. And you’re good to go for a brand new week of incredible meals that I know you’re cooking!
It keeps you in check with your meal planning and couponing, it allows your family to know what’s on the menu for dinner, and you get to re-write stuff every week and make it look pretty!
Now, if you’re not into that sort of thing, this isn’t the project for you. But I look forward to updating my menu board from week to week.
Now I am on to my next duty of the day.
Starting a fire in my backyard.
We are having our annual Christmas tree burning tonight and I need to get the fire pit warm so we can keep a fire going all night.
I added this on my list to do today so that I could surprise my husband with a warm fire when he gets home in an hour.
And he won’t have to do much to get it REALLY going. It’s the least I can do since he has been working hard all week. I am very grateful for that!
By the way, have you ever seen a Christmas tree burn? They are a pyro’s dream. I mean, these things go up into flames like crazy!
It’s really fun. So don’t think we hate Christmas or something. Or that we are pyromaniacs.