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Now that we’re back into the swing of things with school schedules, soccer practices and dance classes, I’m starting to remember why I started planning out my meals ahead of time for the week…! It’s just so much easier to have that part of my day taken care of—and I have to admit that having a homemade chalkboard menu hanging in my kitchen makes it even easier for me to keep my menus on track. In theory, I knew that taking 15 minutes every Sunday night to physically write out my menu for the next 5 days would save me some stress. But since I am a very visual person, I knew I needed something staring me in the face every day so I could stick with it.

We had the perfect space in our kitchen—right above the trash can, between the sink and the pantry—but I could not for the life of me find a tall, skinny chalkboard that would fit in the space, match my mid-century modern decor AND do the job. So…I decided to take matters into my own hands and get a little crafty. And—you guessed it—it was so easy!

Chalkboard Menu

Small can of chalkboard paint

A cheap wooden picture frame—any size you want!

Sand paper

Craft paint

Foam paint brush

Carefully take the glass out of the picture frame. Sand down the picture frame and repaint it with the color of your choice. While you’re waiting for the frame to dry, paint the first coat of chalkboard paint directly on to the glass. Allow that to dry, and add at least 2 more coats. When it’s completely dry, place back into the frame and hang it up—that’s it!

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I’ve found some great chalk pens at local craft stores that allow me to update our menu each week—it’s less stress in planning for me, but it also means I don’t hear “what’s for dinner?!” a million times a week. 😉

Try it out and send us a pic of your chalkboard menu boards—I’d love to see them!

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