Make Your Own Magnetic Blackboard Menu Planner

Organisation – something everyone needs to do, but when there are 5 of you and one has so many hospital visits, organisation is key!

What does anyone do when they decide they need to sort their life out ?

Head to Pinterest!

Lets be honest it is full of wonderful ideas, some cost the earth, some just above your DIY skills but some are achievable.

So with a big board of pins, it was time to put some into our home.

A Menu Planner/Shopping Board

Being out to work most of the week Ashley does try to help and prepare bits for Dinner, or heads to the Supermarket when we need emergency items, but his biggest hang up was that everything was always in my head. 

We did use to have a big glass noticeboard a couple of moves back, it always worked well as we could write when things ran out, so I knew I wanted the same idea but I wanted it to be magnetic too so I could put those coupons and recipe ideas somewhere safe.

Then I heard about Pinty Plus Blackboard Spray Paint

Oh my prayers were answered, I could create a magnetic blackboard. 

I had this old frame sitting in storage, my Mom bought it for me years ago and I had never done much with it, I removed the board and had my workshop cut me a piece of metal to fit. 

Find out how to make your own Magnetic Blackboard Menu Planner simply using Pinty Plus Spray paint from Innocent Charms Chats

Now I know not everyone has a workshop on hand, but it turns out you can buy Ali sheet metal for under £10 from places like Screwfix in many sizes.

Onto the spraying… 

Pinty Plus sent me 2 products I had never used before, the Blackboard Spray and then Evolution Gloss Spray paint in Red Lilac (funny name choice as purple).

An Extra-quick drying FLEXIBLE acrylic paint. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It provides an excellent protection with a smooth uniform finish. It adheres perfectly on any kind of surface, including: wood, metal, stone, paper, cardboard and some plastics.

Find out how to make your own Magnetic Blackboard Menu Planner simply using Pinty Plus Spray paint from Innocent Charms Chats

I did not think I could a spray paint more than Pinty Plus Chalk Spray but the Evolution is my new favourite. It dries incredibly quick, covers in one coat (maybe a second light dusting), doesn’t seem to chip and can be used on any surface without ANY prep.

What more it comes in tons of finishes, colour choices and even metallic.

So how to make, well simply I sprayed the frame (outside), left to dry for an hour, meanwhile using the new Blackboard Paint I sprayed the metal sheet, this too dries very quickly and goes on well. I used a couple of coats as I wanted it to be a nice thick layer, but I have loads left in the can.

Then it was a case of simply fitting the metal inside the frame, we use some little pins and heavy-duty tape then the Mr hung it on the wall.

Find out how to make your own Magnetic Blackboard Menu Planner simply using Pinty Plus Spray paint from Innocent Charms Chats

I bought some Neon Chalk Pens from Amazon which work really well but honestly they are just a little too bright and not chalky enough looking for me but you get the basic idea.

Has it made us more Organised ??

The answer is yes, every time I run something out it goes straight up there and before either of us head out shopping we write them down or take a picture on our phone. It has also allowed me to use coupons I would usually loose around the Kitchen.

Find out how to make your own Magnetic Blackboard Menu Planner simply using Pinty Plus Spray paint from Innocent Charms Chats

Final Thoughts

This was incredibly easy to make and would cost less than £25, even less if you have other paint around the house, the possibilities are endless too, you could use any frame, or even make one. 

Find out how to make your own Magnetic Blackboard Menu Planner simply using Pinty Plus Spray paint from Innocent Charms Chats

I am really impressed with both paints, the Blackboard Paint can even be used on fabric. I can not wait to use more of the Evolution paints though, I can see it being great to spruce up some bits for the garden.

I would love to see if you use this Blackboard Paint anywhere in your home.

 

 

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Kara Janelle, Plus Size Blogging Mama. Vintage Lover, Interiors Obsessed, Chair Crazed, Collector of Much remembering to Smile as it is the 2nd best thing you can do with your mouth.

  • Kelly

    Love organisation and love this idea. need to try it out for sure. Master 7 asks me repeatedly whats for dinner when he gets home from school.

  • Kerry

    This is such a good idea! I tend to write meal plans on scraps of paper, that I almost always lose! Like Kelly said, it would also be great for stopping the repetitive ‘what’s for dinner?’ convo. Thanks for sharing x x

  • What a great idea, this looks brilliant. I love re-inventing things and like to have something that isn’t in everyone else’s house. We painted a set of drawers a couple of years ago and I still smile at them every day when I walk past them too. I shall have to get my thinking cap on and see what project idea I can come up with. We want to make a big blackboard for the children to have in the garden this year, perhaps I could have a go at doing that 🙂

  • Fab – I’ve had a hankering for some blackboard paint in the last week and you’ve saved me a job of working out which one I need, thank you! And love the frame too. #homeetc