How to make a chalkboard calendar in 12 easy steps.
Around here….I think they have my number.
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.
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.
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.
……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).
(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.
(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 🙂