We thought of making some small products for our Cary Town Farmers Market show that happened already in early December 2014. What could we do that was cost effective, but also something that buyers would want? People love to entertain and impress guests, and having unique products helps that program.
John developed these chalkboard menu boards that were very sturdy, erase easily, and provide a space to display the upcoming feast. He started out using 3/4″ cabinet grade plywood (what was available in the shop), and cut them into appropriate sizes to fit a countertop or hutch. It would be easy to just apply the rustoleum chalk paint to completely cover the board, but we thought it would be a cool idea to have lettering incorporated too.
On the plotter, John cut the word “Menu” out in various fonts and applied the vinyl lettering to the top of each menu board. On a few of them, he cut the lettering out before applying the chalk paint. After the paint dried, you peel the lettering off and it gave the contrast of the natural wood vs the black chalkboard menu paint.