Baseball season for my boys is just around the corner, and in preparation I
decided needed to create a DIY chalkboard calendar.
For my project, I used an old mirror I found last summer at a flea market. However, you could also paint over the glass of an old frame or paint a chalkboard directly to a wall.
First, I painted chalkboard paint on my mirror and waited 24 hours after the final coat dried. (I did two coats for this project.)
Next, I printed out my lettering for the mirror. You can get the free printables here:
- calendarQUOTE (Let Today Be The Day – Part 1)
- calendarQUOTE(2) (Let Today Be The Day – Part 2)
- DAYSofTHEweek (M Tu W Th F Sa Su)
Making the calendar lines was the hardest part. I went with 7 boxes across for the days of the week and 5 boxes down. Unfortunately I didn’t think about the fact that a few months start on Saturday and actually require 6 boxes down (Like this month, March 2014). Anyway, I’ll just be a day late (or early) switching the months, and this will solve my problem.
I used a (semi permanent) chalk pen on the quote, days of the week and grid lines (I did 4 inch squares). This way, when I erase the board every month, only the events erase.
*I found these chalk pens on Amazon. They are great for chalkboards you want to keep more “permanent”.
Here’s an affiliate link for the chalk pens on Amazon:
The shoe cubby was a find at a local antique shop. I was told it was once in my town’s original post office. True story or not, it’s one of my favorite finds to date.
(UPDATE 12/21/15 – FREE plans are now available for this mail sorter turned shoe cubby. If you want to make your own, visit Remodelaholic.)
Also, the mirror I used is a little larger than 2 feet by 3 feet. I wouldn’t go much smaller because I think you won’t have room to write in the squares.
Want to see more on my mudroom area? Click HERE!
*Special thanks to Melody Carpenter of Carpenter Photo for the beautiful photos of the chalkboard calendar seen at the beginning and end of this post.