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Gettin’ Crafty

The home improvement kick continues!!  I blame it on all the decorating blogs I’ve been reading.

I’ve been reading waaaay to many decorating blogs.  I would list off my favorites to you, but the list is easily over 75 blogs and growing.

I have a mild obsession with chalkboards.  After reading so many blogs, it was nice to know I’m not alone.  I’ve had it in my head to make a wall calendar out of an old chalkboard for a while now, I just needed the perfect chalkboard.  I wanted the chalkboard to have an old look to it, so after searching the the internet for months, I finally found this chalkboard on Etsy.  Its an old farm window w/original hardware that was converted into a chalkboard.  I purchased it for only $25!!  This chalkboard is rather large standing at 33″ tall and 31″ wide.  With Mr. Weekly Bite’s help, we turned this into a calendar 🙂

First thing we did was tape the frame with painters tape, that way we could mark where the lines would go.

Next, we drew out on paper how big we wanted the rows and columns to be.  With a pen, we marked on the tape where each line would go.

I went to Michael’s and purchased these chalkboard paint markers.  They have a nice clean look when you write on a chalkboard with them, and they only wipe away with water.  This is what I wanted because the month & days of the week would be in regular chalk.

With a ruler, we carefully drew each row and column.  Once it dried, I wrote in each day of the week.  Then with regular chalk I wrote in the month and numbered the calendar.

Here’s the finished product!

I loved the way it turned out!  And its just the look I was going for 🙂

We even left room on the bottom for a ‘notes’ & ‘to do’ sections 🙂  All for a whopping $35!  This includes the cost of the chalkboard and the markers.

Look who decided to sneak into the picture….  I swear every time I pull the camera out she’s front and center.

The Chalkboard Calendar will be housed on the wall in our office area.  It’ll look so cute over our desk.  I’ll be sure to take some pics of it!

Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂

12 Responses

  1. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on January 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    That looks awesome! You are so crafty!

  2. Estela - Weekly Bite said on January 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Haha! Thanks Nicole 🙂 This was my first “real” craft attempt 🙂

  3. Lauren at KeepItSweet said on January 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I love your pictures of her! So funny that the chalkboard is just as tall as M.

  4. Heather @ Heather's Dish said on January 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Sooooo cute!

  5. Apicius' Apprentice said on January 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I love the converted chalkboard! I have a painting in the living room that has an old window as its frame. It is so unique, no? Nice idea of converting the chalkboard into a calendar. That is going to come in handy.

  6. Laura said on January 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve been wanting to incorporate a chalkboard into my house in some way but was at a loss as to what I should do… This just might be the thing! Thanks for sharing this project, it looks great!

  7. Baking Serendipity said on January 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I love this! We have a chalkboard hanging in the laundry room where my husband and I love each other messages and love notes. It’s probably my favorite thing in the house 🙂

  8. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on January 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    So cute!! Great idea!

  9. Estela - Weekly Bite said on January 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Baking Serendipity – That’s so cute that you and your husband leave each other love notes 🙂

  10. C. said on January 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

    This came out so awesome! I am addicted to decorating and DIY blogs. They are so much fun to read!

  11. aspergers syndromes symptoms said on January 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.