Now that we have officially moved upstairs and are settling into having the house to ourselves, I decided to revamp a door into an organizational tool. This is an easy to recreate in any shape or size DIY project that just requires some chalkboard paint and chalk/liquid chalk markers (I prefer that kind from Expo). An easy chalkboard dinner menu is a way to visually plan out the week and your grocery list.
For the downstairs space, I made (from scraps) a DIY chalkboard and it worked well for meal planning, grocery needs, and to-dos. Upstairs, the pantry door served as the perfect place for our new chalkboard menu. A few coats of Valspar chalkboard paint and a few days to cure was all it needed before moving onto the fancy stuff. And by fancy I mean trying to recreate a few examples from Pinterest. I was assisted by my handy helper, Colt.
My inspiration came from this Fixer Upper chalkboard menu. I even tried to model my handwriting after some of the cursive writing.
Using the concepts behind “sketchnoting” – a skill I teach in my high school classes – I added a simple banner, check boxes, and a divider to the door. The check boxes work well for someone who has an idea of different meals but based on how you feel that morning (or evening) doesn’t have a solid meal plan for the day. *raises hand* Just check off the meals for the week after you’ve made them! Also, it saves me scrambling to answer the “what’s for dinner?” question from Kurt – he knows that meal and grocery plans are based on the door, not what I can rush to find in the fridge or freezer. And if you aren’t into extensive meal planning, think of a check box meal planning area as a way to simplify your grocery list.
To make a banner at the top of the door, it’s simply a box with a few lines and shading.
Pinterest (here is my board devoted to chalkboard projects and DIY helpers) is your best friend in this case as here are a large number of ways to design a banner. From curvy and flowy to boxy and simple. Search for chalkboard banners or banners on Pinterest to get an idea of the LOADS of ways to create banners.
The check boxes were a simple manner of making seven small boxes on the side of the door to represent the days of the week.
Knowing that anything below handle level would be prime for toddler mania, I just added a small decorative banner of leaves to break up the space. Again, SO many options!
To help with the process, I’ve set up a Pinterest board just for the tips, tricks, and inspiration needed for this type of project. I would love to see your chalkboard menus so feel free to add some comment love below!