How to make a chalkboard calendar in 12 easy steps.

Around here….I think they have my number.

It’s 1-800-she-brakes-for-trash.

And it’s toll-free.


Sanford and Son called and they want their truck back.

I think that’s what my neighbors say when they see me clanging around the corner in that old pick-up truck loaded down with who-knows-what from who-knows-where sticking out of the back.  But have you ever driven around the country?  Seriously.  It is a little slice of junk heaven.

They see chicken wire…..I see cloches.

They see abandoned barns….I see mantels.

They see pallets…..I see frames and tables and desks.

 Days of the Week Labels

And you should have seen how they laughed when a giant window straight out of the trash came traveling down those back country roads.

All 40 panes of it.

But I couldn’t leave it behind.

It was just laying there by the side of the road.

All by itself.

Calling to me.

Loud and clear.

And as soon as I saw it……I knew that I knew that I knew. 


It was destined for greatness.

Destined to see its name in lights with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Maybe even a guest appearance as a judge on American Idol.

Or tossing it’s hat into the ring on America’s Got Talent.

So…..just in case you are ever in my neighborhood…..driving down a winding country road and a window calls your name and you see chalkboards and Hollywood and America’s Got Talent in your future……

……here are the details.


(1)  The window was originally 40 panes.

(2)  We decided 7 panes across and 4 panes down was the perfect size for a calendar on the wall.


(3)  The entire chalkboard measures 51″ x 86″.

(4)  To make the chalkboard calendar we removed all the glass panes (some of them were gone any way).

Frame For Chalkboard Calendar

(5)  Then purchased a 4 x 8 piece of 1/2″ plywood and cut it to fit the back of the window pane.

(6)  Painted it with chalkboard paint.

(7)  Nailed the plywood board to the back of the frame.

(8)  Removed the outside edge of the window panes on the edge (so the edges resembled a tic-tac-toe board).

(9)  Framed it out the entire calendar with 1″x 2″ boards.  This creates a finished edge for the calendar.

Days of the Week Labels

(10)  Painted the days of the week to go across the top of the calendar.

(11)  Glued the labels on to the top of the chalkboard.

(12)  Nailed the entire calendar directly onto the wall (we have solid wood walls which made this step easy).

(13)  Stenciled burlap bag to hold all the chalk.




I love it.

I makes my heart smile every day.

It was easy and fun and one of my favorite projects ever….in the history of ever.  And if you have any more questions…..don’t hesitate to e-mail me.  But I’ve got to run……

……Sanford and Son are beeping in on the other line 🙂

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  1. Image for Laura Laura

    Ha, so that is where my truck has gone. I thought it had headed off to truck heaven, This is seriously too cool. Pinning it so someone with greater skills than me, someone similar to you, can create this. Hugs, Laura

  2. Image for Maureen Maureen

    You described the creative mind so well, "they see chicken wire, I see cloches, etc. . . . ". You are incredibly talented and creative and a continuing source of inspiration to me. I LOVE your chalkboard!

  3. Image for Sillyrabt Sillyrabt

    you're so funny. i agree with maureen (above) that you describe the creative mind so well. hahaha. i could just see you when you spotted that old picture window. congratulations, you did an outstanding job on that one. not only is it beautiful, it's also useful, and in "saving" and repurposing it, you kept it alive. good job.

  4. Image for Susan Susan

    OMG!!!! I would have pulled over and blocked traffic for that!!! I think that is my favorite project of all blog-time! You are so lucky to have found that and a genius to make it into an awesome, fantastic, unbelievable calendar!!!! I wish I had one just like it! Susan

  5. Image for Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    I'd be braking too and we'd cause a massive pile up (is there such a thing in the country?)! Then we'd jump from our pick ups, race towards the cast off piece of junk and get into a tug of war! Although I'd love to go Sanford & Soning with you, it would probably ruin our friendship so I'll just admire from afar! Kelly

  6. Image for Nicole Shah Nicole Shah

    This looks awesome above your couch....the scale is great! Your blog is so enjoyable and inspiring to read.....keep up all your hard work and keep your creative juices flowing:). Nicole

  7. Image for Lori Z Lori Z

    I love this chalkboard. I really, really do. It's outstanding and I love that you were able to give the frame a new life. Originally 40 panels? That must've been massive! Wonder what kind of building it was from? Like you, I would probably smile every time I walked through the room. How could you not?! =D

  8. Image for Anne Anne

    Nice job, that thing must weigh a ton!!! Perhaps you should replace the nails with a few long screws to make sure it never falls on anyone's head as they sit on that couch... Such a pretty room!

  9. Image for Tiffini Tiffini

    I would love to replicate this in my house! Seriously - it one of my favorite things in yours It might be a little hard to find one with that many panes and my house is so small I would have to find a smaller version but sigh...:) keep up all the awesomeness will ya? the signs will be done by the weekend...I can't wait:) xo

  10. Image for Becca Becca

    It would make my heart smile, too! I always LOVE seeing your chalkboard calendar ... you gotz such amazing skills! You can bring your clanging truck down my street ANYtime, but, please stop and share your goodies, as I don't seem to have your luck at finding curbside treasures!

  11. Image for Andrea Andrea

    I can see it now: The new tlc show, Thistlewood Farms, starring the amazingly talented Karianne. The show will feature you out 'collecing' your treasures, picker style, and making masterpieces out of them. There will be giant chalkboards, freshy pom-pom pillows, stencilling, burlap goodness, barn doors-turned mantel art, basket clad that's a show I'd pvr. Seriously.

  12. Image for Holly Holly

    Goodness, this is adorable! I just have one did you hang it? I'm sure it's extremely heavy. Would love some details on that one , as I have a huge window (6 x 10) that I want to hang in my entry...just not sure how to do it!

  13. Image for GinaE GinaE

    Love this and love how your photos always come out. I have so much to learn there! Last day of voting???? I'm on pins and needles here.

  14. Image for Julie Johnson Julie Johnson

    Amazing! My kids are the ones ducking down these days- "PLEASE MOM, DON"T STOP!" I love this calendar! I am a curbside junker. Favorite finds include my antique rolling two sided chalkboard, and inners of a piano keyboard. Both will never be parted with! julie

  15. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Amazing is all I can say. Reading your posts I have wondered how you made the huge calendar and now I know. It really is a good way to use someones junk. I too am a curbside junker but once I get my finds home, I have a hard time coming up with how to re-purpose them. Good luck!

  16. Image for Jo @ To a Pretty Life Jo @ To a Pretty Life

    I'm so envious of your wood walls! You can hang anything you want anywhere you want it! My husband has a fit every time I want to hang anything heavier than a picture on our drywalled walls. Your window chalkboard calendar is gorgeous! Around here if I were to buy a 40-pane window, it would cost at least $200. ($5 per pane at the salvage places, more at antique stores.) I don't have much luck finding things in the trash.

  17. Image for Martina@Buidling Beauty Martina@Buidling Beauty

    What a great idea for re-purposing "junk" I love how it looks above your couch :) Thanks for sharing this awesome project, I can see you've already inspired more than just a few folks!

  18. Image for Cindy Cindy

    That chalkboard is absolutely amazing, truly amazing. You are one in a million, I would not have seen a calendar when I saw that on the side of the road. I voted for you!!! Hugs, Cindy

  19. Image for Pinky Pinky

    They see abandoned barns….I see mantels. This remided me that whe we first built this house we went to the frm where my MIL grew up. The people were allowing the barn to literally fall apart. We wanted to ask them if we could have a piece of barnwood for our mantle. We were met in the driveway with the guy holding a GUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he obviously said no. We never got any barnbard. Your calendar is genius. Amazing. Great tutorial. XO, Pinky

  20. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Always love seeing that beautiful chalkboard window.....You are "Keeping America Beautiful" by picking up someone's "throw aways" along the side of the road, and also "Keeping Your Home Beautiful" by doing so!!....:)

  21. Image for Jessica Cramer Jessica Cramer

    Love it! Great idea, now if I can just find a huge old window to work with. I don't have a truck, we drive a Prius, but you would be amazed at the things you can fit in it. Where there is a will there is a way!

  22. Image for Sharea Sharea

    Thank you! Thank you! We looked at a house last night with our realtor and decided it was the one for us (60's lights and all). The kitchen is sort of laid out weird. They placed a counter to make an L right in the center of the kitchen leaving an area that looks like it is for a breakfast nook but there is no room for a table ...well, other than a small cafe table( but we have 5 kids so not really practical) Which is fine because the diningroom is just a few feet away. I kept thinking what do I do with this space and the wall separating the diningroom and kitchen? This chalkboard is the perfect solution! So, glad I came across your blog today!

  23. Image for Funky Junk Interiors Funky Junk Interiors

    Outstanding project! Not only is it functional, it's gorgeous! I had to share this one all over the land for SNS 153. :)

  24. Image for karen@somewhatquirky karen@somewhatquirky

    Oh Karianne! My jealousy pains are excruciating! I've had that shutter/wall staircase pinned for months. Didn't know if I actually would DO it but I LOVE it! And your wall - I love it too! It's making my heart go pitter patter!

  25. Image for Becky Becky

    Amazing! Ok, have you tried chalk pens!? I have a vinyl wall chalkboard calendar, and I discovered thing EVER. No messy chalky stuff and you can write just like you would with a pen, plus, they wash right off with a paper towel and some fantastic. You know the writing on the boards at coffee shops? I think those are what they use. I have SO many old windows, this is just such a great way to repurpose! (Plus, even if your neighbors were laughing at you, they're not laughing now;)

  26. Image for Carol Carol

    I love your chalkboard calendar although I have no place to put one. I also love the wooden pedestal at the side of the sofa. I passed up old windows twice in the last 3 years. Now I am so angry with myself. Living in a little cottage makes storing things difficult.

  27. Image for Joy Joy

    This is awesome! I have painted one of my kitchen walls (well, a 6 X 6 area of it) with magnetic paint and then with chalk paint. I have been struggling with a way to make it more useful for dates and such because I can get a little messy with it and I certainly don't write in a straight line, and now I know what to do. This calendar chalkboard idea is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  28. Image for Katie Katie

    I just LOVE this project and your photos are beautiful! This was just featured in my chalkboard project roundup :) ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  29. Image for Marisa Franca Marisa Franca

    You are such a genius and visionary!! May I vote more than once since it has so many uses? Perhaps you are the trash whisperer and something wonderful and enduring calls out to you before it is destroyed. What a gift you have!! Hope you win. Big Hugs!

  30. Image for Patti Patti

    Karrianne, I noticed in mysoulful home that this project is part of a contest on BHG. When or how can I vote on it?

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