I am in love with this chalkboard calendar! To give you an idea of how much I love it, let me show you the calendar system we were working with before….
…I know, right? We’re fancy around here.
With a family of 6, having a single place for everyone to write down their appointments and activities is paramount. I knew I wanted something a bit larger to fit the wall above the wine cabinet in our kitchen, and I wanted it to be decorative as well, so I decided to custom build a chalkboard calendar.
I decided to make my calendar 4′ x 3′, but you can make yours any size you like. I purchased a piece of 1/4″ plywood (sanded so it’s smooth) from Lowe’s, and asked them to cut it to size (they’ll do this for free). I also purchased decorative wood moulding for the frame and to create the calendar grid.
For reference, the moulding I chose for the frame is 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ x 8ft, and for the grid 3/4″ x 1/4″ x 8ft. I needed two 8′ pieces to create the frame, and four 8′ pieces to create the grid for a 3′ x 4′ calendar.
I painted the plywood with chalkboard paint, and painted all the wood moulding with a high gloss black paint and let them dry overnight.
I used a miter saw to cut the moulding for the frame, and attached the frame to the plywood using wood glue and nails. I then cut the small moulding for the calendar grid to size. I used wood glue to attach the vertical lines to the chalkboard surface.
Then I glued the horizontal lines on top of the vertical lines. Because the trim for the grid is only 1/4″ thick and has a flat surface, the grid lines fit together nicely.
I found chalkboard decorative wooden tags at Michael’s. I used a Sharpie paint marker to write the days of the week on them, then glued them to the frame.
Attach picture hanging hardware to the back and you’re done!
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