When I was single, most of my meals were not pre-planned. I was forever running over to the grocery store or foraging in the pantry for something… anything. And I like cooking, I enjoy trying new things. I even like planning, but it never seemed to make it to the top of my list. And, I was single. One meal cooked would last me four days – so it better be something good. Marriage compounded the issue since there were now two of us wanting to eat an actual meal, and I didn’t think feeding my husband a tuna melt on a regular basis was a good idea. For a while I took pretty regular trips to the store to come up with dinner. Then one evening we were at a friend’s house for dinner, and I noticed a chalkboard she had hanging in the kitchen with meals listed for the week. Turns out she didn’t use it that often, but when I saw it I knew that would make my life so much easier.
At first I planned on using chalkboard paint on a board and framing it with an inexpensive wood frame. Then my incredibly smart husband suggested just painting it straight on the wall. When a trip to Lowe’s resulted in finding not only chalkboard paint, but magnetic paint as well – I was in business. (Note: magnetic paint is very thick due to the metal in the paint. Good luck trying to stir this yourself – I couldn’t do it. Another trip to Lowe’s and having it shaken twice in the paint machine finally mixed it fully.) We taped out the area in the kitchen (approximately 28″ x 22″) and I did two layers of the magnetic paint, and then two layers of chalkboard paint. I definitely recommend using one of the nicer small rollers as it will give you the smoothest surface. Having a chalkboard paint menu board has been HUGE in making meals easier and more enjoyable to plan, and my husband can take a look to see what is coming up… and what leftovers he shouldn’t eat for lunch. ; )