Chalkboard Menu Planner

Hello! It’s Carrie, visiting again from Lovely Etc. I have a project to share with you today that I have been needing to make for sooo long.

chalkboard paint menu planner


There is pretty much nothing I hate more than coming home from work and realizing that I don’t have any idea what we are going to have for dinner. By five o’clock on a week day, my brain is fried.

I can pretty much guarantee that any decision made at that point in time is going to be a bad decision. One that involves way too many calories and way too much money spent on an extra trip to the grocery store that I didn’t feel like making to begin with.

The really crazy part is that I actually do plan ahead before doing the grocery shopping for the week. I plan what we will have for dinner and make a shopping list and everything. But by the end of the week, I am wracking my poor exhausted brain trying to remember what I actually bought at the store and why and it isn’t pretty.

So it was more than time for a menu planner in the kitchen. I am in the middle of putting together a command center in our kitchen and this little menu planner is the first step.

I started with a hardboard clipboard. Mine has a little extra patina because it was a Goodwill find, but you can also get these anywhere that sells office supplies for just a couple of bucks.


hardboard clipboard


I painted the clipboard after carefully taping off the metal part with painter’s tape. I definitely wanted to use chalkboard paint, but instead of using regular black chalkboard paint, I went with a turquoise chalkboard paint that I am loving. (Did you guys know you can get chalkboard paint in pretty much any color? There are even recipes to make your own but I went with this kind which comes premixed.)


chalkboard clipboard


Once the paint was dry, I added a title – Let’s Eat! I drew the lettering on myself and then painted it in using a paint marker. You can also print out the words in your favorite font and then transfer them to the clipboard using a pencil. (You may want to check out these simple instructions for transferring something.)


painting a clipboard

For the days of the week, I glued some old metal scrapbooking letters I had onto the side of my clipboard. The letters I used aren’t available anymore, but there are tons of options in the scrapbooking section of your local crafts store. Or just paint on the days of the week using your paint marker.

chalkboard clipboard menu planner


Before you start using it, be sure to rub a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard paint and then wipe it off. You need to do this no matter what type of chalkboard paint you use to prepare the chalkboard for chalk.


Turquoise chalkboard menu planner


Lets Eat -menu planner


Then all that’s left is actually using it! This baby is going to be hanging on the wall in our kitchen very soon. I’m actually kind of excited about meal planning this week – and I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I have ever said that!


Wow, this is so smart and so cute Carrie! I despise meal planning too! What a great solution!

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    September 1, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I don’t have wall space for the lovely big framed chalk boasrd so this is perfect! Thanks! Have agood day. Linda

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    September 1, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I don’t have wall space for the lovely big framed chalk boasrd so this is perfect! Thanks! Have a good day. Linda

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    Alysia @ Slim Sanity
    September 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    This is such a fun idea!! 🙂

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