Upcycled Menu Board

I finally put the finishing touches on my menu board today.  This has been a no-spend project since last year when I actually started it!

We had a large entertainment centre that my aunt and uncle gave to us back when we got married and when we put our old house up for sale, we replaced it with a slimmer IKEA console table.  We ended up dismantling the entertainment centre because it was so huge and extremely  heavy…it was very difficult to move into our split level house and we didn’t have the manpower available to move it out.

We took it all apart but kept most of the wood, including the wood and glass door.  I had seen an idea on, where else but Pinterest, for a “white board” that was made by painting one side of a pane of glass and using the opposite side to write on.  I wanted to use the door for a menu board that I could write on.

I took the knob off the door and filled the hole before spraying the wood white.  And then it sat in the garage for a few months until we moved because I hadn’t decided what colour the glass should be.

We moved in August and I’m honestly shocked that it survived the move and months of storage intact.  I couldn’t find it for several months and was convinced that it had been mistakenly sent to the dump but finally found it in the garage.

I gave it another quick coat of white paint since it had some scuffs.  I painted the reverse side of the glass with my accent colour, which will coordinate with my kitchen chairs.  I added vinyl letters to represent the days of the week and a piece of corkboard to the bottom panel for pinning recipes to try.

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Quick tip for cutting corkboard…when you’re done cutting, use fine grit sandpaper to smooth down the edges just like you would for a piece of wood with rough edges!

The only problem I’ve encountered with this problem is that it doesn’t fit where I had been envisioning it.  It’s too small for the small wall space I had planned so I need to find a new home for it…

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Pinspirations: Menu Boards

Last week, I spent the better part of an afternoon re-reading my Martha Stacey blog and it reminded me of my weekly Pinterest features that I used to write.  Like Mini Project Monday’s, I’ve decided to resurrect them for Breezy Hill.

As part of my no-spend month, I’m trying to finish up a bunch of projects that I’ve had in limbo for a while.  One of those projects is a menu board for our kitchen…that I started to make before we even moved into the farmhouse!  I’m hoping to finish it up this week so I’ve chosen to show you some other cute menu display ideas.

 menu1Source:  Adventures of a DIY Mom

I’m a big fan of beadboard, especially now that we’ve moved to the country and my decorating style has morphed to be more rustic.  If I hadn’t already started a menu board project, one like this would look really cute in my kitchen!

menu2Source:  Rustic Wedding Chic

My wedding was in the pre-Pinterest era and I’m always seeing ideas that I would have loved to use.  This adorable menu board made from an old window is definitely one of them.

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Source:  Keep Home Simple

I love this idea of printing out the menu and wrapping it around the utensils and napkins for dinner parties.  I think this might make an appearance at that murder mystery dinner party I want to throw soon!