You may remember when we created our Summer calendar and bucket list. The boys really responded well to being able to see what was coming up on the calendar. And I enjoyed not having to pull up my Google Calendar on the computer whenever I was put on the spot for a play date. So, continuing to use a calendar in the kitchen was a no brainer. But, creating new calendars on poster board each month — although fun — seemed a bit tedious.
In a sheer stroke of genius
suggested by Pretty Handsome Guy I decided to paint a chalkboard calendar on our fridge:
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- 3M 220 grit sandpaper*
- Sanding block
- Sponge or wet rag
- TSP cleaner
- BIN primer/sealer
- ScotchBlue multi-surface painter’s tape
- 1.5″ Paint brush
- Matte medium (optional to seal edges)
- Tape measure (and calculator if you need help figuring out your grids)
- X-acto knife
- Small square artist’s paint brush
- Chalkboard paint (Learn how to make your own colored chalkboard paint)
- Dry rag
- Chalk markers
- Double stick foam tape
- Corner edge molding cut to the width of your calendar
Required Safety Gear:
Prepping the surface:
Let me tell you, this project is an easy one, but you really need to make sure you do the proper prep work and wear good safety gear to produce a calendar that will stick around for years (and allow you to stick around as well.).
Side note: One thing I didn’t mention in my Girl Behind the Blog post, was that I used to work for a large cancer center in Philadelphia. While working there I saw slides and photos of all types of cancer tumors and witnessed the devastation that cancer can cause to a person and their families. For that reason, I’m really careful about wearing protective safety gear when working with chemicals and airborne particles. So — do me a favor — stick around a long time for me and wear safety gear when working on a project. And now back to the tutorial ;-).
Clean off the side of your fridge with the TSP cleaner. Follow the directions closely on the packaging and be sure to wear safety glasses, a mask, and gloves to protect your hands.
Lightly sand the sides of your fridge using the 220 grit sandpaper. You just want to rough it up a little to help the primer and paint stick. Keep your mask on while sanding.
Wipe off the fridge surface with a clean damp sponge or rag.
Pre-cut grid lines:
To create 1/4″ thin lines between the calendar days, pre-cut strips of painter’s tape with an x-acto knife and a ruler on a cutting surface.
Design the calendar grid on the fridge by measuring out your calendar and mark small tick marks with a pencil. (Each day on my calendar was a 3.5″ square.)
Watch this short video to see how I painted the chalkboard calendar.
Remove all the painter’s tape while the paint is still slightly wet.
After removing the tape, clean up any seepage by scraping with the x-acto knife and/or use a small flat brush dipped in the primer to clean up the edge.
Install the chalk ledge:
Peel and stick the double-sided foam tape onto the back of the edge molding.
Level the molding and stick it onto the side of the fridge to hold the chalk.
Rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire calendar and chalkboard surfaces to season the chalkboard. Wipe off the chalk with a dry rag.
Fill in the months and days on your calendar. And add your schedule to your new calendar!
I used chalk markers to write the days of the week and numbers. I used regular chalk for a fun textured shadow around the month letters.
It is really great for the kids and I to see what is coming up on the calendar.
I can use the top spot to make my grocery list. And I don’t have to transfer it to paper, I just take a picture of the list with my phone! Easy, right?!
And because the calendar is also magnetic, we can stick receipts or important papers to it as well.
I could also use the top spot for important reminders if I want. I love the flexibility.
The colored chalkboard paint barely had enough time to dry before these two little artists were adding their masterpiece to the bottom section.
I love the sight of childrens’ artwork, don’t you?!
Just an explanation for you: my son’s stuffed caterpillar is named Pills. I have no idea, but it makes for some interesting conversation in our home:
“He loves his pills.”
“He can’t sleep without his pills.”
“He really needs his pills when he wakes up.”
See what I mean.
Disclosure: This post is a sponsored post paid for by 3M DIY. I was not told what to write or what project to create. The ideas and tutorials are my own.