Friday, May 21, 2010

menu board hack

IKEA certainly isn't the place to buy quality pieces of furniture to last for generations but it definitely is the place to buy trendy, cute items - especially when you want to change them up a bit . . . or "hack" them if you will. In fact, there's an entire blog named after just that: IKEA Hackers. In case you didn't know.
Anyway, our new apartment has a giant wall in our kitchen which I thought was a perfect spot for a menu board. I happened to already have this frame (above) from IKEA that I bought almost a year ago but had never used. I wasn't crazy about the black with my decor so I took some acrylic ivory paint to it and a touch of oatmeal beige paint ($.50 each) on the inner ring of the frame. During our first move to San Diego, the glass center was shattered so I bought some whiteboard from Lowe's (about $8) and cut it with a jig saw to fit. Just two coats of chalkboard paint later and voila! A cheap and easy project!

9 comments :

  1. You have so many good ideas. I love that you post exactly how to do them... and economically!!

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  2. You have sure been busy lately and I LOVE all of the projects!

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  3. What a fun idea! I love it! Except if I were to do it... the board would never be filled because I am so bad at planning what to make for dinner!! ha ha

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  4. I just have to tell you...

    I am pregnant and have been S.I.C.K.!!! I am finally getting to the point that I can look at food again and enjoy cooking, so I haven't seen your new set up (sorry I'm late!). I LOVE it! I love how you can see everything you have! Keep up the cooking...it's delicious!

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  5. I love it! I might have to copy you. But if I do, that means I'll have to get organized and actually plan a weekly menu.

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  6. Love it love it love it!!! What a super cute idea:)

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  7. oh, i love the way it looks in white. i bought one last year and silver leafed it!

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  8. oh, i love the way it looks in white. i bought one last year and silver leafed it!

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  9. This is a great idea. p.s. I see that Thursday is Tikka masala and naan. Can you share the recipe??

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