How to make a chalkboard wall

This post is long overdue. But, hey at least I can honestly say that I have had this chalkboard wall calendar on my wall since September 2014, and I still love it in February 2015. Be hold, my giant, glorious wall calendar!


How to make a chalkboard calendar on your wall

 

 

Here’s what I was working with…

How to make a chalkboard wall

 

Here’s the chalk board paintI used. Oh and I used a 2 inch, angled Purdy paint brush.

How to make a chalkboard calendar

 

So, to make a chalkboard wall I started by taping off the edges of my walls and ceiling with paint tape. I typically use this green tape to paint. Then, start painting! The chalkboard paint dries pretty fast… I let the first coat dry for 30 minutes and then used a small roller for the 2nd coat.

How to make a chalkboard wall

 

Here’s my lovely wall before I went to bed that night. After you apply 2 coats of paint you have to let it sit for 3 days before you can condition the chalboard. Torture. How to make a chalkboard wall

The next morning, I took all of the tape off and cleaned up. Now, it’s wait time. Maxwell and Andy seem to like the black wall! Maxwell loves that dang giraffe! My baby was only 6 months old in this picture, and will be one year old next month, ahh!

How to make a chalkboard wall

 

After 3 days, it was time to condition my chalkboard!  This is a very important step. Don’t skip it. It’s also a very messy step. All you need to do is rub a piece of chalk across the entire surface of the wall. I got bored with one color which is why you see the rainbow! And I totally did not plan what happens next…

How to make a chalkboard wall

I figured I might as well use my cute rainbow chalkboard and decided to erase a little welcome sign onto my board… Then, Maxwell woke up frmo his nap, and Dad flew him into see what I was doing! And this super cute picture happened!

How to make a chalkboard wall

 

Remember I said the conditioning part is very messy? Here’s the residue after erasing the above “conditioning”.

How to make a chalkboard wall

 

Erasing takes some time. I used an actual eraser and then just a cotton rag. I erased and erased and erased.

How to make a chalkboard wall

Until, I got this bad boy. My chalkboard wall is ready for action!

How to make a chalkboard wall

 

Here’s how I made my calendar lines:

How to make a chalkboard wall

Oh and I’m jsut using plain ol’ sidewalk chalk. Really old chalk for that matter. It was in our garage from my days as a teacher!

How to make a chalkboard calendar

September: The first ever Dorobek family chalkboard wall calendar… woot woot!

How to make a chalkboard wall

October: Yea, don’t mind Andy’s legs. This is the only picture I could find of my cute pumpkin “O”, ha! He was just proving to me that he can still do a handstand!

Chalkboard calendar decorations

November: I was really proud of my feather! Not exactly sure what it has to do with November… turkey feather?

How to make a chalkboard calendar

November addition: I hosted a little dinner party for Andy’s birthday and used my calendar as decoration!

Chalkboard calendar decorations

December: My chalk skills are getting better and better! I think it is time to invest in some chalk markers. Anyone ever used those? Do they actually erase? At some point between nSeptember and December we got a new light fixture! I love it.

Chalkboard calendar decorations

 

Here’s another shot of my calendar with the old chandelier!

How to make a chalkboard calendar

 

Anyone else ever made a chalkboard wall? I don’t suggest it in the bedroom. It’s messy. But, I love it in the kitchen! It’s a good excuse to actually mop/ vacuum the floor at the beginning of every month, ha! And it keeps Andy and I on (almost) the same page! Does anyone else’s significant other never have any idea what is going on?!

Monday Funday #80 {30 minute crafts}

Oh how I love summer! Max and I are enjoying a summer adventure on the East Coast! You can follow along on instgram, if you;d like. As for C.R.A.F.T., last week I shared tips for getting free plants and 33 trunk or treat decorating ideas!  I hope y’all are enjoying the wonderful summer days!

The Monday Funday link party is hosted each week by 8 awesome blogs! You can link up your latest craft, diy projects, and recipes and get seen on all 8 blogs. It’s a perfect way to discover new blogs and get new followers!

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You will love visiting each of their blogs….crazy talented!
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Hi, we’re happy to have you here at Monday Funday. Here are a few highlights from the past month at Lines Across: DIY Succulent Pineapple Planter, 10 Tips for Picky Eaters, Triangle Pencil Eraser Stamps, 40 Fun & Fabulous Shoe Makeovers, 24 Free Summer iPhone Wallpapers, and a Polymer Clay Donut Necklace. It’s so difficult looking through all of the wonderful projects that are linked up each week and narrowing them down to just a handful of features! This week, I chose fun and quirky 30 minute crafts!
30 minute crafts
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23 Instagram crafts

I’m an insta addict. I love it. (You can follow me here.) It captures everyday life on my handy dandy iPhone that I almost always have with me. The pics are fun, spontaneous, and us. A side note, I almost always use the app afterglow to edit my pictures and rarely put an instagram filter on it. If you’re interested, I’ve got 20 more instgram user tips here. There are tons of ways to print instas, (this is not an affiliate link and I’ve always paid full price), but I love how my prints turn out on Printstagram. Honestly, it is the only way I have ever printed my instagrams! Any way you get them printed, there are tons of creative things to do with them… here are 23 clever DIY instagram crafts to get your brain brewing!

DIY instagram crafts

1. Washi tape + instagram picture display

How to make a simple instgram collage

2. Framed photo wall

Instagram crafts

3. Coasters

4. Photo strips

5. Instagram magnets (Guest I wrote for Sew Caroline!)

DIY gift idea

6. Peace wreath, instas, and lights

Instagram display idea

7. Single picture holders

Instagram display idea

8. Breakfast tray

DIY home projetcs

9. Wood plank display board

10. Giant picture collage

11. A clock

DIY home projetcs

 

12. iPad cover

DIY picture crafts

13. Phone cover

14. Cabinet door and clothes pins

15. Collage

instagram craft

 16. Insta-grahams (for any event you want to get social with!)

 

17. Beanbags

DIY picture crafts

18. Insta-graham cookies

instagram craft

19. Corner heart display

DIY picture crafts

20. Instgram necklace

21. Stir sticks

22. Lampshade

23. Heart board display