Hi! Are you ready to create an amazing, affordable chalkboard calendar? I am going to show you how I made mine.
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An Amazing Affordable Chalkboard Calendar How To
I have an obsession with office products and the like. I get all giddy when I roam around an office supply store and I am not really sure why. Maybe it is the thought of becoming so organized and efficient that I am more productive than ever. I don’t know but I am especially fond of all things chalkboard. I love the look of chalkboards, I love the labels that you can write on and I even created some Relax Wine Labels of my own that have the chalkboard look. Am I weird?…wait…don’t answer that! I cannot be the only one right?
This project was super exciting for me because I got to create my own chalkboard calendar design.
I purchased the Lang Calendar wood frame at a garage sale for $4. Personally, I have never heard of a Lang Calendar. You guys are probably saying…WTH! I am sorry. Maybe I live under a rock. I loved the frame but you could use any frame. The goodwill and thrift stores are always full of frames.
I just became a part of the Blogger Outreach Program for DecorArt. Yay me! I love this company and their products. I have been using the Americana Chalk paint for a while now and I love it. If you have attended any of my classes then you have used it to. I have used it on wood, faux wood, laminate, veneer and glass and it works great every time.
I started by painting the frame with the chalk paint. It took two coats. After it was dry I used a sanding block to distress the edges a bit.
We have a lot, I mean a lot of little scraps of lathe from all of the signs for classes we have made so I used these to fill in the middle. I wanted to fill in the gap between the base and the frame. I created the look the Jeff cut the final pieces for each row to size for me. Then I used wood glue to glue them into the center of the frame. This is what it looked like.
There are definitely some edges that stick up a little and a couple of small gaps between some of the pieces but I knew it would still work as a chalkboard. Then I broke out the black Chalkboard Paint and followed the instructions. I painted two coats. One horizontal and then after it dried one going vertical. I had masked the edges of the frame so I could get up close without having to worry about getting black paint on the pretty Vintage color.
Then I used the color Everlasting (white) chalk paint to paint the “What’s Going On?” at the top. I free-handed the lettering with chalk first then painted over the lines.
At this point I wanted two calendars so I could see the current month and the next month but I really did not like it. The spaces were pretty small and I had accounted for six rows. I did not want to have to split squares at the end of the month.
Well, there just wasn’t going to be enough room to write anything so I changed up the plan.
I sanded the lines down a little bit then re-painted the entire calendar spaces white. You can still see my original lines through but that was ok. I used a 1/4 inch tape and masked off the area I wanted to remain white. The edges of the calendar and a space for notes to the right.
Then I re-painted the Chalkboard paint. Again with two coats. I had to do a little bit of touch up but that was ok. I was much happier with the layout.
The next step is to season the chalkboard. You do this by using the side of a piece of chalk and go over the entire area. Then wipe it off with a damp cloth.
I used chalk to write in the month of July and the notes section and I think it is quite nice. What do you think?
Here is a close up of the distressed corners. I just love it!
If you like it give it a pin so you can find it again later!
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