Creating a menu board is such an great way to help make meal preparation easier and to help family members know what’s for mealtime.
I am loving this simple idea for a menu board in this corner of the kitchen. In our previous home, sometimes I kept our menu written on a regular smaller piece of chalkboard. Originally, I did it just to help me keep track of what is up for cooking on what day of the week. Our kids were too little to read it on their own anyway, plus I am usually preparing meals while my husband is at work. But occasionally, I saw my husband reading it and then discussing what we were having for dinner on specific days. Well, that motivated me to keep on putting up the weekly menu.
Note: I also keep a notebook of all weekly meals and grocery for each corresponding week. Having a pantry shopping list in there too is an additional bonus to help me know what I already have on hand and do not need to buy more off when I go to the grocery. All meals and shopping lists are contained in the one notebook. I can easily go back and look over an old menu if I wanted to.
But once we moved to this home, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this space here in the kitchen. It is next to the oven and pantry on the opposite side. It makes the perfect spot for a large menu wall.
I took this picture during the summer days so my centerpiece peeking through on my dinning table is still summery.
You can also see the pantry on the other side here. It is next to the stove. All in one place. How handy is that, right. Don’t you just despise it when your pantry is way across the kitchen from where you cook? It was like that in our previous home. Not that I was walking a mile to get to the pantry but it is just the convenience of having everything right there when you prepare meals.
Remember my easy pantry sign? It was another easy update. And yes, I did put a tiny hole in the wall. I did not trust to put command strips on this one even though I could use the strips according to the weight of an item.
But anyway, back to the menu wall. The question became what to use on the wall (no painting, of course). But I had the answer for it right away. Chalkboard contact paper to the rescue! I bought the rolls from Amazon but I have seen them at Walmart, I believe. I am sure other stores like Best Buy, Staples, and offer office stores may have them. They are very inexpensive – I paid around $6.15 for each roll. And they also come in various sizes depending on One’s needs.
All you do is cut it to your desired size and then position it where ever you desire. It is re-positionable so that is a bonus. (I took pictures of the steps back in the summer but cannot seem to find them now. If I find them later, I will update and add them here). But it is so easy.
Step 1: Purchase chalkboard contact paper
Step 2: Measure and cut to the desired size
Step 3: Position contact paper properly in the desired space
Step 4: Smooth as desired (or re-position to suit)
Step 5: Condition the chalkboard. Take a piece of white chalk and hold it sideways. Then quickly run it over the chalkboard. (I have heard that this step keeps the first words you write on the board from leaving their mark if you decide to erase them).
Step 6:U sing a dry rag, lightly remove excess chalk from the board
Step 7: The board is now ready to write on.
Here is the board in its entirety. I made a slot for a calendar, weekly dinner menu, and grocery list (when I run out of something, I will write it there and then transfer it to my faithful notebook for grocery shopping day).
On the calendar, I simply write on the month and I am good to go. Notice I did not add in the day. That way, we don’t have to keep erasing the numbers and putting them under a ‘day’. The calendar is more for keeping up with appointments and such. So for example, if the month is September, the 8th could be circled and labeled as ‘dentist appt’ with the time added.
Like I mentioned earlier, the menu area is mainly for dinner. I would have loved to include breakfast and lunch but the wall is not too broad. Breakfast and lunch menus are kept on paper at the moment (in my notebook which I keep close by).
And here is a closer look at the grocery aspect of it. On a side note, if you are wondering why that lunchbox is there, it is where our Kindergartner puts it once she gets home from school and takes everything out from it. Oh yes, we have a system to make it easier for everyone. Well, I have a system – the kid usually forgets and puts it on the counter and I then I transfer it to the tiny stool:)
Here is where I keep other smaller menus on my notebook or something I scribble on paper. I am not trying to be lazy you all. Did I mention that I just don’t like the idea of walking back and forth trying to find stuff when I am cooking. Anyone?
I really love this chalkboard menu wall. And I love that I did not have to rely on paint to do the job. I also love that it requires no framing for this. As a bonus, this paper is easily removable without causing damage.
I am getting creative with this renting thing, y’all. It is a tough one but small steps to make it feel like home. I had some contact paper left and I will be sharing what I used it for soon.
What do you think of this idea? Have you used chalkboard contact paper before? I would love to hear how you used it in your home.