Cost, Time, and Skills:
For this project, I used a thin piece of oak plywood ($10-$20) leftover from our stereo console rebuild, some chalkboard paint ($10 for a quart), and some cedar 1×2 lumber ($5-$10) for the frame. I used a router with a straight bit, clamps, a power drill/driver, and a circular saw. You could easily make your chalkboard without the frame and have your hardware store cut the plywood for you. This way, you won’t need ANY power tools. You could also simply paint an existing frame with chalkboard paint and this becomes a super easy project! As shown, this project took me 1-2 hours of work with several hours waiting for paint and primer to dry.
Last year, Christy’s parents gave us a chest freezer for Christmas. One of the ways we like to save money and still eat well is to cook large cuts of meat and freeze meal-sized portions. This allows us to have tasty lunches and dinners during the work week without the effort a ham or roast beef would take. The chest freezer was a perfect gift because it allowed us more space to store our portions.
The only problem with chest freezers is that you can easily lose food down in the cold darkness at the bottom. It really stinks when you find that last package of filets or chicken that you forgot you had and it’s all freezer-burned and gross. If only we had a way to keep track of all of the food that goes into the freezer. Enter the chalkboard menu.
I began by cutting a piece of 1/4″ oak plywood into the dimensions of the wall above our chest freezer, minus space for the 2″ cedar frame I was going to put around the chalkboard. I sanded the front of the plywood and painted on a coat of primer before starting on the frame. The rest of the steps are found in the captions of the following photos.
In the months since we started using this chalkboard, we’ve done a much better job of planning meals and keeping track of what we’ve got in there. The hardest part is remembering to erase items from the chalkboard after you remove them from the freezer or changing the quantity. I hope this project is helpful to you as you look for ways to simplify your life. If you’ve got any questions or comments, leave them below or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading. -Robby