A fun, functional and economical way to keep reminders and scheduling upcoming events is to paint a chalkboard wall calendar onto the kitchen wall. This cool calendar does not need to be replaced every year and the kids will love the idea of writing on the walls.
Painting a chalkboard calendar on your wall will define your space, accessorize it and create a whole new look to your room. It will allow you to transform any surface into a space for ever-changing notes, messages, lists, artwork and scribbling. Just follow these instructions:
Step 1 – Size and Location
You need to decide where you are going to paint your chalkboard wall calendar. It is not recommended to be over the table because the chalk will dirty the dining surface. Once you find your perfect location, calculate the dimensions of the calendar. It should accommodate 42 equal squares, six weeks by seven days per week.
Step 2 – Preparing the Wall
Use a masking tape to map out the area you are going to paint. It is very important to clean the wall, especially if the calendar is going to be painted in the kitchen. The wall may have grease on it. If it has been painted with glossy finish, you need to sand it lightly to help the wall better absorb the chalkboard paint.
Step 3 – Applying the Base Coat
Start with a base coat of black chalkboard paint on the surface. Allow the paint to dry completely for at least two hours. Use 150-grit sandpaper for a smoother surface and wipe off the dust.
Step 4 – Drawing the Calendar
Measure the width of the calendar and mark off the vertical lines. Then do the same for the height and mark the horizontal lines. Now you have your grid drawn in place. Mix black and white chalkboard paint to make different shades of gray paint. Paint the squares alternating shades in any way you like. For perfect squares, mask each square with the painter’s tape before painting.
Step 5 – Creating a Border
Remove the tape slowly and precisely. Be sure not to pull the paint up with it. Scoring the edges with a utility knife will do the trick. Frame it out with any border you wish, cutting the edges at 45-degree angles to form a nice corner. Allow to dry.
Step 6 – Conditioning
The final step is to condition your new chalkboard. Turn a piece of chalk sideways and rub it over the whole calendar. Clean the chalk off using a soft felt cloth. Dampen the cloth with water and wipe off any residue. Now with the chalk mark the days of the week on the calendar.
The idea of creating your own calendar on a chalkboard wall is great. You can be creative as much as you wish and using it will bring back beautiful nostalgic memories of when you were at school. With this project you will be able to enjoy writing on walls again.