Quick and Easy DIY Chalkboard Menu

A few months ago, I came across a wooden tray that really caught my eye at a local thrift store.  It only cost a couple of dollars, so I brought it home with me.  And it sat in my basement.  {Insert sad face.}   When I purchased the tray, I had not realized that I don’t have many table top surfaces.

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I have also recently become smitten with pictures on Instagram and Pinterest of homes with a menu board hanging in their kitchen.  Considering the fact that my 9 year old asks me multiple times a day, “What’s for dinner?” I thought a chalkboard menu may be the solution.  And guess what?  It is!  I love how it turned out and thought I would do a quick DIY so that you can add one to your home as well!  Follow these easy steps and you could have it hanging up in an hour!

Here are the supplies that you will need:

Blank menu board–wooden tray or even just an extra piece of wood that is laying around your garage.  Make it any size that fits your space.

Chalkboard paint–you won’t need much, so if you have some leftover from a previous project, just use that!

Roller or a brush

Painters tape

Picture hanging kit

Chalk marker and/or regular chalk

Using painters tape, mark off any areas that you don’t want chalkboard paint on.

In the past, I have used a brush to adhere the chalkboard paint.  This time I wanted to test how well it would do with a roller.  Friends!  Use a roller!  It only took two coats by using a small roller.

This is how it looked after one coat of chalkboard paint:

Two dried coats later and I removed the painters tape.

I used a picture frame hanging kit to attach a bracket on the back.

And that’s it!  Now just hang it wherever you would like it displayed.

The best part: I don’t have to answer {for the 500th time} the question of the day.  “What’s for dinner, Mom?”  🙂






  1. Bonnie

    Great idea. Looks good too.

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Bonnie! 🙂

  2. Ok this is darling!!! Love how simple it is yet how lovely! Great idea!

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Kelly! I was really in need of a quick project that didn’t drag on…this fit the bill perfectly! And my daughter loves doing the chalk writing! 🙂

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