DIY Chalkboard Menu Board Planner Tutorial

One of the most common phrases in our home is, “What’s for dinner?!”  I thought this menu board might solve that problem mighty quick and add a little somethin’ to my kitchen!


Here is how to make your own:

I bought this frame at a thrift store for a few dollars.  Isn’t she lovely?!  🙂  It measures about 1′ x 3′.

Step 1:  Remove hanging hardware from the back and paint your frame.  I didn’t sand my frame down because I didn’t want to mess up any of the detail along the edge, but you could do that first if you prefer.

I used a generic brand yellow spray paint that was closest to the color I was wanting.  I sprayed 3 coats of paint on my frame to get really good coverage.

 Step 2:  Take the glass out of your frame and paint with chalkboard paint.

I used Krylon Chalkboard paint in black and did three coats on each side of the glass.  I painted the back as well and then chose the best side to be the front of the menu board.

Step 3: Antique frame.  I used black acrylic paint.

I spread some black acrylic paint on my frame, a few inches at a time, with a foam brush.

After just a few seconds, I rubbed off most of the black acrylic paint with a clean rag.  Most of the remaining paint ends up in the cracks and crevasses to give the frame a more finished look.

Step 4:  Cut out a piece of cardboard or foam backing to fit your frame.  My original frame came with a really beat up cardboard backing, so I just bought a box and cut out the dimensions I needed.  Reassemble frame with the chalkboard glass and the cardboard on back.

Step 5:  Reattach hanging hardware.  If this wasn’t included with your frame, you can find a huge variety at any hardware store.

Step 6:  Apply vinyl.  I don’t have any vinyl cutting equipment, so I ordered mine from where you can order any font, size, color and letter(s) in vinyl that you want! It cost about $10 total for my vinyl and shipping!  They included detailed instructions of how to apply your vinyl.

 Step 7:  Prime your chalkboard. Using the side of the chalk, rub chalk over the whole surface prior to the first use, this will prevent any ‘burned in’ images.

You’re done!

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