How to Make a Menu Board From an Old Door

With the stain on the patio barely dry, I decided to host a birthday party. I know, right? Like pile one more thing on your plate CoCo! But this party was a special one. Even in the midst of feeling like the Mayor of Crazytown, it was important to me to reign it all in and make this party a priority.

I really wanted to have a menu board outside but I had no idea where it would go. I mean, hanging anything on the hardie board was a big no no. We enjoy eating on the back patio quite a bit though so I knew there had to be a way to work it out.

I was going through my wood stash in the garage when I came across this old door. I bought it from one of my uncles over a year ago. I previously used this same door as a divider in my booth space but I had to bring it home once we built the display unit.

How to Make a Menu Board From an Old Door – The Crowned Goat

I knew painting both of the door panels would read way to modern at this cottage dweller’s home. So I decided to paint just the top panel using Valspar’s Chalkboard Paint. If you’ve never used chalkboard paint before carefully read the chalkboard paint label to be sure you’re leaving adequate drying time between coats of paint. Chalkboard paint does not dry or cure at the same rate as latex paint, milk paint or even chalk paint. This took multiple coats.

How to Make a Menu Board From an Old Door – The Crowned Goat

While I was waiting for each coat to dry, I decided to stencil the word MENU in between the two panels.


After I filled in all the letters with paint and they were dry,

How to Make a Menu Board From an Old Door – The Crowned Goat

I distressed with a piece of 80-grit sandpaper.

How to Make a Menu Board From an Old Door – The Crowned Goat

Then I seasoned the chalkboard after the paint had dried and cured according to the chalkboard paint label. Seasoning is easy – just rub a piece of chalk making sure to cover the entire chalkboard painted surface. Just a tip – using the side of the piece of chalk as opposed to the top of the piece of chalk will give you better coverage. Then wipe the chalkboard with a soft cloth.

How to Make a Menu Board From an Old Door – The Crowned Goat

I’m really pleased with how everything came together. As it turns out, the old door and the menu were both big hits at the birthday party.

How to Make a Menu Board From an Old Door – The Crowned Goat

See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll have the full patio reveal.

Many blessings,


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  1. Oh my gosh CoCo – I love your menu door board! It looks great and I can see many more parties out on your patio! I’m sure fun was had by all of your party guests! And you know how much we love 1905 Salad!!! Great job…have a sunny day 🙂
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    1. We had a great time at the party and the food was really good too. I thought of you every time I took a bite of my 1905 salad wishing you were sitting at the table too. Hugs, Coco

  2. That door made the perfect menu board! I love it! Can’t wait to see the reveal 🙂 Hugs!!

    1. It is so weird how something you’ve had for such a long time can turn out to be just the solution you were looking for. I swear I’ve had that door for over a year! hugs, Coco

  3. liz lichenstein says:

    So glad I discovered your blog! I am getting so many wonderful ideas- love this chalkboard door menu. So happens I have an old door, but did not want to just prop it up somewhere, I wanted something different for it, and this idea will be perfect! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Liz. I really appreciate your sweet words. This project was easy to complete. The hardest part was waiting so long between coats of chalkboard paint 🙂 Send me a picture of your door when your finished so I can be excited too. Have an awesome day, Coco

    1. Thanks so much Kelly, I really appreciate it. I aim to please when I know there’s going to be a crowd 🙂 Sending you and the babies hugs, Coco

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