diy chalkboard calendar Tulsa Photographer

David and I bought our first home in June 2011. I have turned into a crafter extraordinaire since then! My Mom says, “It’s Grandma all over again!” and I’m okay with that 🙂

Like so many others, Pinterest has become….well. I think to call it an addiction is an understatement! It has really helped me transform my house into a home and put unique touches on it. It also helps organize my high energy mind 😉

The second we looked at this house I knew I would put a huge chalkboard calendar in the laundry room. I had seen this calendar on Martha Stewart’s website years ago and it stuck with me!

Here is what the space looked like before :

I went to Lowe’s and had them cut this piece of plywood for me. It’s about 48″L x 52″H

I put 2 coats of this magnetic primer on it before putting on the chalkboard paint. There were tons of spots that were not magnetic enough. I suggest 3-4 coats! {I high recommend using [two separate] foam rollers for both the priming and painting.}

After the magnetic primer dried I applied 2 coats of the this chalkboard paint:

After chalkboard paint dries you should “condition” it before using it. Conditioning is easy peasy! Just take a piece of chalk, hold it horizontally {trim your nails first!!}, and rub it over the entire surface leaving a full coat of “dust”.

In hindsight, I wish I would have done that part in the garage 🙂 After you have covered it in chalk, rub it in with a dry rag, then wipe it off with a damp rag, and you’re ready to use it! From this point I measured out the distance I wanted my boxes {aka: days on the calendar} then drew it up in chalk on the board using a laser level. Whoever invented the laser level is my hero. Where have these things been my entire life?!

I got all the lines drawn then went over them with paint and wiped the excess of when it dried.

I have a *slight* obsession with cans…. I love spray painting them and using them for everything and anything! I took this can, spray painted it, wrapped some twine around it, nailed it to the wall, and use it to hold the chalk! BAM!

Here is the final project!!! I had to add a dab of magnetic primer in the upper lefthand corner of each date {as you can see on the last few areas}. Those 2 coats just weren’t enough! I also glued some cork to the bottom right of the calendar so we could have our monthly bills/reminder right in front of us. I made the magnetic numbers so I could easily switch them out each month.
That’s a completely different post, though!

I would LOVE to see if you make a chalkboard calendar off of this post!!
Please feel free to PIN this and follow me on Pinterest to see more of the DIY projects that inspire me and the ones I will be posting in the future! 

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DIY addict - May 14, 2013 - 11:25 AM

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