Is it already time for another edition of CONFESSIONS? We have an almost seasonal problem with over the top eating out. And not even great food most of the time. We go through phases of believing it’s faster and easier to grab fast food. It’s a pretty stupid rut to fall into, because we actually like cooking and trying new things! But it’s so easy to be lazy and not make a meal plan and grocery shop. We’re both fed up with spending too much money to eat food that isn’t nourishing our bodies.
We’d much rather eat at home and splurge on better restaurants less often. In order to make that plan reality, it really just takes one small change. We’ve GOT to plan out the week ahead before it starts. Making a meal plan and getting groceries Sunday night or Monday morning makes all the difference. The DIY Menu Board I originally made last summer is the perfect tool to keep us on track.
I used some dry erase vinyl (*affiliate link), my silhouette machine, and some pre-cut wood. BUT, you can definitely adapt this idea and use pre-cut letters if you don’t have a cutting machine.
This first step is the only one that will be different without a cutter. I wanted to really take advantage of being able to cut the dry erase vinyl and not just use it as a solid sheet. The design I landed on included drawing a rectangle for each day of the week. Then I added an initial for each day. Putting the letters inside the square meant the letters would be cut out and end up the color of the wood board.
Once I finished my design, I had a piece of wood cut at the hardware store to be 12″ x 18″. We also picked up a piece of molding to make into a quick frame. We cut the molding to fit and gave it a couple coats of the same gray gloss spray paint I had left over from my cork board makeovers.
The board also got a few coats of spray paint in a pretty ocean color.
We dry fit all the pieces to make sure the measurements were correct.
Instead of applying the pieces individually, we taped them into place on our kitchen counter and applied one piece of transfer tape to the entire design.
It worked like a charm!!!
With the board all vinyl-ed up and beautiful, it was time to add the frame. First we used super glue gel to attach all four sides of the frame together. Since this is more of a faux frame and not really holding glass, the super glue was perfect.
After the frame had dried (about 30 minutes), we used more super glue gel to attach the frame to the menu board.
I let that dry over night and then used those magical Command picture hanging strips* to add the menu to the end of our cabinets. The super glue and Command strips have both held up the first year with no issues.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE having the board out in the open because we have to walk past it constantly and will be reminded to make a plan and then follow the plan. Plus, we’ll feel some healthy guilt if we walk past it to eat out on a day we were supposed to eat at home.
I probably should have made a faux menu plan so you’d all be impressed, but I try to stick to reality around here. We had a ton of birthday & anniversary celebrations with various family members this week. I love that the board doubles as an evening calendar to keep track of our commitments! The nights we’re cooking, we’ve got Blue Apron meals. It’s our first week trying it, and so far so good! I might give a full report after a few weeks – anyone interested?
The shopping list section of the board is pretty helpful for those random things that come up during the week. I just take a picture of it before heading to the store.
Does anyone else fall into the eating out trap? How do you stop the cycle?
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