When I was working on my last canvas project (a thrift store painting turned word art that I used to create our spring mantel) I thought it would be fun to use the same process to make a canvas chalkboard where I could write our weekly menu. I’ve used computer printed menus for years that I stick to the side of the fridge, but they are sometimes hard to read with all the items for each day. And yes, I got tired of answering “what’s for dinner?” all the time. Or referring my family to the menu and hearing them try to sound out some scribble I’d put there.
I’m always finding unused canvases at thrift stores – the planned work of art not even started is apparently a common occurrence – but canvases at craft stores are inexpensive, too, with one of those coupons that are issued weekly. The only other items I used were sticker letters in two sizes (I used foam letters, but any letter stickers will work), latex paint and chalkboard paint (I’ve used flat black paint on some past chalkboard projects, so it would probably work too, but I had found a cheap can of chalkboard paint).
And I’m not kidding about the easy part – the whole project took less than 10 minutes. Most of the time involved is drying time. Here are the steps I took:
- Paint the canvas the color you’d like the letters to be. I used green latex interior paint I had from another project. I’m sure acrylic would work as well. Attach the sticker letters across the top to spell ‘menu’ and across the left side with letters for each day of the week.
- Spray the prepped canvas with chalkboard paint using a couple of light coats.
- Let dry to the touch.
- Remove the letter stickers. If any black bled through the letters, touch up with a bit of colored paint. Let dry completely, at least 24 hours.
The last step is to condition the board to make it easier to write and erase the chalk. Rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface of the canvas and then wipe with a rag to leave only a light layer of chalk.
I actually just used a push pin to hang it since it is so light and then it’s easy to remove to write and erase.
I’m really enjoying the way the board looks against our beadboard in the kitchen – and that I’m not having to answer the dinner question (unless I forget to update it!). The fact that it was a quick and easy craft is just icing on the cake.
Do you post your menu for your family?
I’m sharing this at Funky Junk Interiors.