It was one of my great friends birthdays last week and I wanted to make her something fun! I saw this idea for a framed chalk board on the Michaels website. They had used Martha Stewart's paints and things for the frame and her chalkboard paint for the canvas board in the center. I thought it was so bright and cheery, so I gave it a whirl. On their directions, they said to use 3 different colors for the frame. I didn't think it was necessary, so I just used the Marmalade color and mixed it with whatever white I had at home. I did use her blue chalkboard paint. In the past I only did a couple coats of the chalkboard paint and wasn't super impressed with it. It didn't erase well. This time I did 3 coats and then actually followed the directions of rubbing chalk all over the surface after it was completely dry for 24 hours....it works so much better! So lesson learned, I need to follow directions!
I thought it would be a fun menu board for my friends kitchen, it turned out fun! I hope she finds lots of use for it!