February 8, 2012

DIY Menu Board

There's something you should know about me: I love DIY projects. I know you're thinking, "Well, that's good since this is a type of DIY blog." No, you don't understand I love love LOOOVVVVVEEEE DIY projects. You can find me at JoAnn, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby anytime I get the chance. You can see me roaming about thrift stores searching for my next potential project any time I've got spare time. I even love to go wander around in Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards looking for inspiration, clearance, paint mistints, and of course taking the paint chips! :)
Well, my adventures in thrifting, along with my hoarding of paint and wrapping paper have led me to my latest project in decorating the kitchen! A DIY menu board! I found this little gem at a local thrift store for $1.00:

I'm assuming it was the frame of a mirror that was no longer there. It really reminded me of my parents' old bedroom set from the 80s, but I decided it would look perfect when I put some work into it.

So, I sanded it down a bit. (Just a bit, as I loved the idea of the wood color poking through just a tad.) then I spray painted the entire frame portion with Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint. No, I did not use primer, because like I said, I wanted some of the wood color lines to show through. I did one slow moving coat over it and then waited a few hours and went over it again with a quick coat. After it was completely dry, I measured the inside and cut out the wrapping paper I wanted to use as a background to fit. Since there was a hole in the top back, I cut the background about a half an inch longer, and attached it to the top of the back of the frame with tacky adhesive. I attached the rest of the paper by using 3M spray adhesive. I then coated the paper with some leftover polyurethane I had. It protects the paper, and gives it a nice shine. I was going to attach an easy to use white board or chalkboard, but I decided I liked the idea of screwing in a cute little hook & hanging a paper menu each week. This way, if I choose to go the white/chalkboard route, I can also just attach it by hanging it on the hook! 


  1. I love this idea! How fun to display the night's menu for all to see. Thanks for the inspiration!