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?!

32 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

St. Patrick’s Day is less than a month away. It’s Tuesday, March 17th! Here are 32 St. Patrick’s Day crafts for your home, wardrobe, kitchen and kids. Oh and a few fun ones for the classroom parties too!

32 St. Patrick's Day Crafts

 
 
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 St. Patrick's Day Crafts
I love the rainbow nail idea! Which one is your favorite? Also, while we’re on the St. Patty’s Day train, here’s another fun post about my trip to Ireland and the history behind St. Patty’s Day!
 

Quick (& yummy) candy business cards

DIY business cards are cute, fun, memorable and easy to make. Oh and a heck of a lot cheaper than getting business cards printed! I’ve made a few varieties in my day including: cereal boxes, paint chips, and even coffee sleeves! For big events, when I need more than 50 or so, I do get business cards printed (these are the ones I’m currently using). But for smaller events, I like to keep it crafty! Here are my latest DIY business cards made out of candy!

DIY business cards

 

These are the easiest business cards I’ve ever made. All you need a giant bag of Laffy Taffy, mailing labels, and a printer! I’m using Office Max brand mailing labels. So, printing out the labels is the only thing you really have to do. Open a blank document in Microsoft Word. Then go to “Tools” and “Labels”. My mailing labels are Avery #5260. Once you type that in, the computer magically sets up your labels for you!

Print out your awesome labels and adhere them to your candy! Easy as pie. Or candy. Whatever!

DIY business cards

 

The hardest part? Not eating all of the strawberry ones while I stuck on the label. Seriously. Notice the picture below is off yellow and purple ones. Yea, red is my favorite one.

DIY business cards

 

Have you ever made your own business cards? I’d love to hear…