Thursday, September 19, 2013
DIY OVERSIZED CHALKBOARD CALENDAR
Because one entire chalk wall nook wasn't enough, I went and made another gigantic chalkboard for my kitchen!
We haven't had a family calendar on the wall in a while, and I thought it was time for everyone to be able to see what we had going on. I had a large picture hanging in my bathroom that was about to go when I overhaul it, and discovered it would be the perfect size for kitchen.
I popped out the picture and the mat and went to work updating the frame. I wanted to keep some of the gold, but it needed to be brightened up. I pulled out my trusty Rub N Buff and used a toothbrush to apply it...it works great on rougher surfaces like this getting down into all of the nooks and crannies. When that dried, I taped off the gold leaves section and sprayed the outside of the frame black.
For the center, I had a piece of hardboard cut at Home Depot to fit. Then, after priming the board, I followed the directions on the can and painted on a few coats of chalkboard paint. After it cured for 3 days, I seasoned the board with chalk per the instructions and used a gold paint pen and a yardstick to mark off the calendar sections. Then, I used this trick to secure the board in the frame.
It hangs right next to the big chalkboard wall, but that one is more for kids' doodling, to-do lists, and messages.
So far, the new calendar has been a big hit! I think the kids have enjoyed seeing exactly what we have coming up, and we've enjoyed talking about our activities during family meals.