Monday, October 8, 2012

Kitchen Cabinet Menu Board

When we were selecting our kitchen cabinets for our new home, we had a choice to add some extra faux door paneling to the sides of the cabinets that would be exposed.  Of course, there was no way I was going to spend an extra $300 for a useless panel, so here are what my cabinets looked like when we moved in:

Nothing wrong with it - it's just a plain side of a cabinet, but when I saw it I knew just how to make it functional and beautiful!  

Remember that chalkboard wall I did in my son's room?  Well, I had about a half of a can of chalkboard paint leftover and decided to paint the cabinet.  Because I didn't prime it first (lazy), it took about 4 coats to really make a good adhesion to the shiny, finished cabinet.  

Here's how it came out:

I just LOVE it!  It helps me plan out our meals for the week and it keeps my family informed of the plan.  I can also envision using as a Entertainment Menu for parties!  

Do you have a little blank space in your kitchen that could use a Menu Board?

PS - Here are the Bigos (link) and Clam Sauce Recipes we had this week!

The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Super Awesome Kitchen Menu Board (Leftover Paint $5.00, Colored Chalk $3.00)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $8.00

Compare to Useless Faux Cabinet Panel ($300)

Total Fake-It Savings $292.00


  1. I love that. Such a good idea. I'm not a huge fan of chalkboard but that would also be a good place for a corkboard and whiteboard. Now I'm wishing I had a blank space like that in my tiny kitchen. :)

  2. That's awesome. When we find a new house I will look for a place to do this.

  3. Love this idea so much! Shame we dont own our house, otherwise I would totally do this!

  4. what a great idea.. I wish I had some blank cabinet space to do this lovely creation!! Great Job!

  5. One terrific idea! I love your creativity. How fun for everyone. Wish I had a big end space like that too! Very cool.

  6. What a great idea! I'll be passing this one on to my daughter.


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  11. Oh my! Those don't even look like the same cabinets! Such an incredible difference, I am always impressed what a little paint can do. The white dishes really make a statement now. Consider my jaw dropped!

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  12. Those are such pretty cake stands - love them! I definitely need something better than a plate.

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