For a couple of years now I've been trying to come up with a solution for the wall by the fridge. I wanted a calendar or dry erase board for keeping up with our schedules, important dates, grocery lists, etc. I went with a chalkboard wall because it just "fits" with the rest of the house so well. And who doesn't like to write on the wall?
This was a very easy project. The wall was already primed and painted with two coats of paint, so I simply painted over it with two coats of chalkboard paint ($15 at Lowe's) and a small roller. I measured and drew off 5" boxes (7 across by 5 down) with the level, yardstick and a pencil and then checked it from across the kitchen. Five inches square should be plenty of room. It's far from perfect, but it is just what I wanted and very functional.
The calendar was drawn on with a permanent paint pen and yardstick and the lettering was done with a small stencil set. I recommend drawing everything out with a pencil FIRST before you commit to the permanent paint pen. It's easier to make corrections with a pencil. I had to go back and touch up with the chalkboard paint and a cotton swab in a couple of places where I dinged it with the level, but it won't be noticeable after it dries completely.
I debated on whether to start with Monday or Sunday, and chose Monday. I like the weekends together on a calendar, but I can paint over it later if I decide I don't like it. I also decided to use chalk markers instead of chalk, because our house is dusty enough already. I haven't written anything on the wall as of yet, but I think a nice set of colorful chalk markers will do the trick.
Supplies for this project:
- Chalkboard paint
- Painters tape
- Permanent paint pen
- Letter stencils (optional)
- Chalk or chalk markers
- Yardstick and/or tape measure
- Paint brushes, roller, edging sponge or brush