I debated whether or not to share this little DIY project with you. Honestly it seems like lately any project I try to tackle doesn’t turn out how I planned, and this one was definitely no exception. I started this project 2 weeks ago, and am just now finishing it. Even as I’m writing this, the paint is still tacky on the frame, but I just can’t take it anymore!
This chalkboard menu was actually made from an old 11″x14″ dollar store frame I used as a dry erase board previously. I decided the chalkboard look fit into our new kitchen better than just using the glass to write on. I also like the look of the chalkboard better, I had the paint on hand, and it was kind of fun to doodle on!
The original frame color was a brown and bronze blend that I really didn’t like.
So like any typical DIYer I decided to spray paint it. Originally I thought a creamy white would look nice, but then decided against that since I will be hanging it on our white pantry door. Instead, I chose gold. The granite in our kitchen has a lot of gold flecks in it so I thought that would really bring the color out.
But, after it dried, I really hated the way it looked. More than I hated the bronze. It was way too shiny and not the feel I was going for. I even tried roughing up the surface with some fine sandpaper, but couldn’t get the look just right.
Solution? I painted that darn thing brown. Yep, just about the same color I started with. I did leave the inside textured trim gold, though, just to give it some definition.
My next problem came from the glass. I thought I would just slap on the chalkboard paint to the glass no problem. That was my first mistake.
It went well in the beginning, but then the paint started chipping off. There was no way it would handle being written on and erased constantly, so I decided to sand it back off and start with a primer. That was my second mistake. Being the klutz that I am, I broke the glass before I could even think about grabbing the sandpaper.
Hubby to the rescue. Have I ever mentioned how much I love him and his ability to come up with a solution for ANY problem? Well, he just so happened to have a piece of clear acrylic left over from a project of his. And guess what?! It was the perfect size to take the place of the glass! I took some sandpaper to the smooth surface just to rough it up so the paint would stick better, and painted it with 3 coats of chalkboard paint. I think one more coat would have worked better, but by this point I was getting way too impatient.
I did remember to at least prime the chalkboard by rubbing it with chalk and erasing it. It helps prevent that ghost writing you see after you erase something.
Finally, once the chalkboard paint was dry I came up with some lettering for the Menu title, and the day of the week initials. Just something really simple, but it gives it a little more flair than just writing the days of the week. I found some chalkboard markers at Target in the Dollar Spot a few months ago and used those. I do like them, but they are a little chunky to do any detail or small writing with. Also you have to “erase” with a damp cloth and I think that would eventually wear down the paint.
Even if it took me 2 weeks, and was more of a headache than I ever expected, I’m happy with how it turned out. It’s also nice to have our meal plan written down again to remind me each night what I need to plan for the next day.
In all, this project didn’t cost me a dime because everything I used had been purchased previously. I love a free DIY, don’t you?