DIY Chalkboard Menu

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The moment I saw this wooden frame at Goodwill I knew what I wanted to do with it. It was the perfect chalkboard menu waiting to happen! I'm not sure what it was used for before I snatched it up... it is an odd shape to be a frame so maybe it was some sort of calendar holder. Here is what it looked like when I pulled it out of a pile of other "junky" treasures. 

As you can see it was rough. The backing had a hole in the middle of it so my husband had to cut a new piece of wood for that. We just bought a piece of thin birch wood from Lowe's that only cost about $4.00. The backing was stapled to the frame so to remove it we pulled out the staples with a screwdriver and then used our staple gun to attach the new board. We used chalkboard spray paint on the backing and gave it about 4 coats to make sure my chalkboard was nice and thick. We used regular spray paint on the frame. The hubby chose the avocado green and I love it! I was skeptical at first, but he was right on with that color. 

I love this piece because it's not only great as a menu, but also as a "to do" list, a grocery list, and as a place to write notes to each other. The total cost of this project was around $12. That includes the frame, the board for the backing, the chalkboard paint, and spray paint. My favorite things about this project is that it's an upcycle, it was cheap, and it was super easy to do. It doesn't get better than that!



  1. This is a great makeover! I would love for you to share these at

    Thank you,

  2. Such a great makeover! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me back! Nicole!

  3. Love your menu black board using the frame, great use of it. Glad I found your blog as it's helped me decide what to do with my frame almost exactly like yours. Love how yours looks.
    I bought a frame very similar to yours at goodwill recently, it was used for a calender and had a piece of masonite on the back. I took that off and used it for another project. I'll put a piece of thin plywood on back and will be getting it ready to be a black board, much better than one I have already, too big for our house. I have a can of aqua spray paint and think it's going to used on that frame. Hope it ends up looking as great as yours. Happy Days


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