August 28, 2013

Guest Post - The Craft Sparrow {DIY Chalkboard Weekly Menu Tutorial}

I am doing a little switcharoo this week.  First we will enjoy another amazing guest post and then we will FINALLY get to our deal of the week.  I have so many cute pictures and projects to will be worth the wait.

Hello Poppy Seed Readers, I'm Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow ... I hope you'll stop by and say hello sometime.  I'm excited to be sharing a Poppy Seed Project with all of you.  We are huge on menu planning in our house, I feel like it helps me with my grocery budget as well as keeping me accountable for cooking during the week.  I have a tendency to just blow it off and cook whatever is easiest.  Today I'm showing you the Fancy Framed Chalkboard Weekly Menu I made using the Paisley Frame.


-  1 Large Poppy Seed Projects Paisley Frame {fits 6 pictures}
-  DecoArt Americana White Acrylic Paint
-  DecoArt Americana Graphite Acrylic Paint
-  2 Foam Paint Brushes
-  Sandpaper
-  DecoArt Americana Chalkboard Paint
-  Saw Tooth Hangers, or Extra Strong Magnets found HERE {optional}
-  Chalk or Chalk Markers

First thing I gave my entire frame a light coat of my DecoArt Graphite Gray Acrylic Paint.  I wanted my frame to have a distressed look.  After the first coat of gray dried I applied a layer of my DecoArt White Acrylic Paint.  While the white was drying on the frame I grabbed the small board inserts that came with my frame and painted them with my DecoArt Americana Chalkboard Paint.  Follow the instructions on your chalkboard paint, it usually calls for 3 coats of paint.  Season your chalkboards according to directions on the bottle.  I added two more coats of white paint to my frame and let it dry.  Once everything was dry I sanded all the edges around my frame and some spots on the front of the frame.  I wanted the gray to peak through with the wood.  Then I just popped the small board inserts back in the frame and used a chalkboard marker to label my days.  Since there is only 6 spots, Saturday & Sunday are a combined day.  For us that totally works since we usually eat out on Saturdays or just snack.

At this point you can either hammer a couple saw tooth hangers in to the back and hang your fancy framed chalkboard menu on a wall in the kitchen, or you can attach some of the extra strong magnets I gave you the link for and hang it on the side of your fridge.  The magnets will hold a lot of weight, just be sure to read the weight limit of each magnet and order the correct amount this frame is a little heavy.

So what do you think?  You could also use this as a weekly chore chart, calendar, and just a cute memo board.  Thanks again Poppy Seed for letting me be here today!  


  1. Where do you get the deco art paint? Could you use spray paint?

  2. How do you get the small boards to stay in place? Did you glue them?