Mini Chalkboard Menu Boards

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  February 7, 2013 — 5 Comments

I’ve probably mentioned like seventeen times now that my sister is getting married this month. I’m starting to freak out a little because I still need to get my bridesmaid’s dress altered, get her a gift, and finish up a couple of DIY projects I promised to help her with. I got to check one of those projects off my list this week: mini chalkboard menu boards. Shannon and various family members are cooking almost all of the food themselves, and since there won’t be professional catering staff at the buffet table she wanted a way to let folks know what’s what. Enter these little picture frames she got for $1 each at the Dollar Tree.

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She knew I had a can of chalkboard paint and am handy with a roller, so she designated this task to me, her one and only matron of honor. I started by taking the glass out of each frame and laying them all out on a piece of thick paper. There was one casualty during the disassembly process, taking us down to eight frames, but Shannon said she’d bought more than she thought she’d need since they were only a dollar so no biggie.

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I got out my trusty chalkboard paint and mini foam roller and gave all that glass a couple of coats of paint. It ended up being four coats over two days, but that was probably overkill and only happened because there was a cat-related incident after the second coat and I had to come back and add a third and at that point I figured what the heck, I might as well slap on a fourth. I’m really living on the edge here, people, rolling on extra coats just for kicks.

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Once everything was good and dry, bada boom bada bing, I popped them back into their frames and voila, mini menu boards.

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Normally I would want to paint the frame a lighter color for some contrast, but the reception venue actually features quite a bit of rich, dark wood so this is a better fit. But if you’re following along at home I would totally support your decision to paint the frame white or gray or even a fun, more saturated color.

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Yum, crawfish pie. Shannon’s making it from scratch! Can you believe it? She is a total DIY bride. Everything from food and flowers to the setup and cleanup are being handled by the couple themselves (with the help of friends and family, but Shannon and Josh are running the show). I totally admire her chutzpah! I’ve got one more project that I promised to help her with–a burlap banner to hang over the drinks station–that I’ll hopefully get to tackle this weekend, so stay tuned.

P.S. Jack went under anesthesia this morning to have his frenulum clipped (he was tongue and lip tied) and everything went well, so thanks so much to all of you who were keeping us in your thoughts!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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5 responses to Mini Chalkboard Menu Boards

  1. They look great, Thanks!!

  2. I love DIY weddings. I’m ready for potluck weddings to come back in style.

  3. Those little chalkboards are so cute. I love them.

    I’m glad everything went smoothly with the frenulum clipping this morning. Even minor procedures like that can be nerve-wracking I know.

  4. Where are you taking your dress to be altered? I have a bridesmaid’s dress that I need to get done.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap February 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      I’ve heard good things about Tailoring by Tinh on Perkins near Southdowns. I need it taken in in the bodice and altered to be nursing-friendly so I hope it doesn’t cost a fortune!

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