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DIY Bistro Chalkboard Menu

Step up your dinner-party game by transforming an old picture frame into a chalkboard menu

Photography: Mike Krautter

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Picture frame

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Decor Paint in Smoke

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Decor brush

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Chalkboard Paint in Ink

  • Martha Stewart Crafts basic brush set

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Chalkboard Stencils

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Erasable Liquid Chalk

  • Chalk


  1. Paint the frame with Vintage Decor Paint in Smoke with the Vintage Decor paintbrush. A little paint will go a long way!

  2. Paint the backing of the frame with Chalkboard Paint and let dry. Paint a second coat for even coverage.

  3. Once the chalkboard paint is dry, use the chalkboard stencils and erasable liquid chalk to write out the word “menu.” The Erasable Liquid chalk won’t smudge, but can be removed with a damp paper towel.

  4. Write out your menu items with erasable liquid chalk or regular chalk!

  5. Insert the chalkboard piece into the frame and get cooking!

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