Create a custom chalkboard menu with matching cork board to match your kitchen decor!
Love the look of a chalkboard menu but don’t really want to dish out a ton of money to re-create the look? I’ve come up with a really budget friendly and super simple craft that will help you create a really cool menu planning station for your kitchen in under an hour!
Supplies you’ll need to create your own chalkboard menu
- Plain wood-framed chalkboard ($7.99 at Hobby Lobby)
- Plain wood-framed cork board ($5.99 at Hobby Lobby)
- wood push pins
- Acrylic paint in whatever color/colors you want to match your kitchen decor
- paint brush
- Painter’s Tape (I used FrogTape Delicate Surface Painting Tape)
- Newspaper or something to paint on top of so that you don’t ruin the surface you’re working on
- A paper plate for your acrylic paint
I started by painting the outside edges of the chalkboard and I let that dry. Then I taped the edges of both the chalkboard and the cork board using FrogTape Delicate Surface Painting Tape and I painted the inner edges. I’m sure other painting tape would have been fine but I didn’t want to damage my chalkboard or the cork board. This worked great. No bleeding around the edges.
After painting, I carefully pulled the tape off. Don’t let your paint dry with the tape on. Repeat this same process for your cork board if you’re planning on using one like I did.
While the paint is drying on your chalkboard and cork board, begin painting your wooden push pins. This doesn’t take much paint.
I used a chalk marker to create my “MENU” lettering and also for the days of the week. It can be removed but doesn’t wipe off as easily as regular chalk does which is what I use to write the daily meals so I can easily update my chalkboard menu every week.
And here’s a picture of my final masterpiece…
Do you use a chalkboard menu in your family command center? If you’re inspired by my menu planning station and create your own DIY menu chalkboard I’d LOVE to see your photos!