Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DIY Chalkboard, Beadboard, Menu Board

Today I am so excited to show you my new menu board. It is made from bead board and painted with chalkboard paint.

DIY Chalkboard Beadboard Menuboard
Want to make your own?

Here's what you need:
An old frame - {the opening on mine was 9 1/2 by 12 1/2}
Bead board - I used scraps from when we finished our kitchenette in the basement
Chalkboard Paint
Regular paint - for the frame, I just used a small bottle of acrylic paint.
Vinyl letters - I used my silhouette to cut them out.

How to Build Chalkboard Beadboard Menuboard
Step 1 - gather your supplies. I had these short pieces of bead board that I kept from when we finished the basement. I had no idea what I would use them for, but I knew that eventually I would use them. They worked perfectly for this project. I was happy to find this frame that fit 7 "rows" of the beadboard so I could use one for each day.

Step 2 - Stick the bead board in the frame and mark where you need to cut.

Step 3 - Cut the beadboard with the jigsaw. Make sure it fits in the frame. A couple of mine I had to trim a tiny bit more.

Step 4 - Using your first piece, mark the other boards. Then cut them.

Step 5 - Depending on your frame, you will probably need to cut your last piece long ways as well. I placed it in the frame and marked it as best I could. Then cut it with the jigsaw as well.

Step 6 - Place all the pieces in the frame to make sure they all fit.

Step 7 - I guess this isn't really a step, I just wanted to show you what it looked like from the front.

Now it's time to paint....

Lullaby Paints

How to Build Chalkboard Beadboard Menuboard

I just realized that I should have started at step 8, not 1 again. Oh, well... Too much work to relabel the picture. You guys understand, right?

Step 1 - take your bead board out of your frame and paint it with the chalkboard paint. Let dry and add a second coat.

Step 2 - once paint is thoroughly dry, rub it with the side of a piece of chalk.

Step 3 - wipe off the chalk - the box said to avoid excessive chalkdust to clean with a damp cloth. I'm not sure if you can do that with regular chalkboard paint.

Step 4 - Paint your frame.

Step 6 -  Sand down the edges if you want a worn look.

Step 7 - Add your vinyl lettering.

{I was worried about the vinyl sticking to a lot of chalk residue, until I read that I could wipe it down with a damp cloth. If you end up using a different chalkboard paint, you may want to add the vinyl before you rub it down with chalk.}

Chalkboard Beadboard Menuboard

And yes, this is what we will be having for dinner this week. I always wonder about that when I see menu boards. Do they just make up stuff that sounds good? or Are they actually going to be making it?
DIY Chalkboard Beadboard Menuboard

You may remember that I'm a little scared of color.  I was worried about the green. It's kind of bold. But I ended up loving it. So much that I quickly painted my little mason jar that holds all my measuring spoons. I used the same process to paint the jar as I did here. I may even repaint a few other things in the kitchen.

This is the longest post I've written in a long time. If you've made it this far, I'd love to know what you think about my new menu board?

You may also like my other beadboard projects:

Bead Board Picture Frames 
Bead Board Hearts
Bead Board Flag and Stars 
Bead Board Easter Eggs 
Bead Board St. Patrick's Day Decor 
Reversible Bead Board Pumpkins
Bead Board Snowmen


  1. This turned out great!! Love it, love it, love it! And, I'm thinking dinner at your house sounds good ;)

    Thanks so much, Rachel!

  2. This is fabulous! I would never have thought to do that, but the beadboard was perfect! Now I have ideas rolling around in my head! LOL! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Kim @ {enjoy the view}

  3. I love this and my daughter loves green so it would be a win win. I'll have to run it by the hubby first too. Pinning this!

  4. Super cute! Really clever idea, thanks for sharing!

  5. So cute! I'm stopping by from Much Ado About Mondays, and I'm excited to check out more from your blog!
    Jamie @ coffeewithus3.blogspot

  6. Um, yes I want to make my own! So stinkin cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. What a great way to display your weekly menu. Super Cute. ;o)

  8. totally love this I can't write straight for my life so the beadboard is awesome.

    Desiree @ YourCraftyFriend

  9. I really like that! Such a great idea. And yours is such a simple, lovely design.
    Sarah @

  10. This is adorable! Thanks for sharing. I pinned it on pinterest!

    Allison @

  11. Fantastic project - thanks for the tutorial.

  12. This is cute! Bead board is perfect for making a writing board - never would have thought of that!

  13. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  14. The beadboard was a great touch, it looks awesome!

  15. Hey Rachel! Just wanted to let you know your chalkboard menu board is featured in my round-up of 20 DIY Chalkboard Projects. Thanks for sharing your inspirational creation with us!

    The Thinking Closet

  16. Love this Rachel!! Pinned and featuring tonight!

  17. This is great! Saw your feature on 7Alive. Congrats!
    Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner

  18. Love how your project came out! So cute! I just did a project with Lullaby Chalkboard paints, and will be sharing all the details soon! Thanks for posting.

  19. Love this Rachel! So pinning - found it on the Creative Timeout party,

  20. I LOVE this idea. So cute! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers:

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  22. That is so cute, Rachel! I understand that menu boards should be done well so that it can attract customers and a powerful communication that can be used in restaurants and other business establishments. In our homes, if we have this menu chalkboard it can be exciting as your family member will be looking forward for your daily meal.

  23. So cute! Do you know the name of the font?

  24. Cute as a button! I'm going to order one from your Etsy store after the Holiday travels. My husband just got me a Cameo for Christmas! What was the font you used again. What are good websites to find cute easy to cut fonts!

  25. I love this! Such a creative chalkboard projects for your kitchen! I'm asking bloggers to share their chalkboard projects this month at my Create with Me link up. I'd love if you came by to share this!
    -Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate

    1. Thank you for inviting me. I'm all linked up!

    2. LOVE this idea! Pinned! I have plans to make something very similar soon, so I'm glad I read your tutorial! If you have any leather projects, we are linking those up next month!