{diy} wall calendar

This isn’t going to be the first, or the last post about a spontaneous project that just took over me and happened on a random evening in a random week.
diy wall calendar

Remember the striped rug?  That happened.

Well, in my quest for a functional blog room and with all of the focus on organization these days (you’ll be prompted to head over to Allison’s blog House of Hepworths to get your fill of Day 3 of Organizing 101 at the end of this post … you won’t want to miss it!), I had an idea for a diy wall calendar one night and ran with it.

I used an old frame we had gotten a few years ago at the same auction where we bought our couches.

I layered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen, Duck Egg Blue and Provence.  I sanded, added just a hint of Old White and finished her off with the light wax and just a touch of dark wax.
diy wall calendar

I covered the cardboard frame insert in canvas drop cloth secured with frog tape.

And here’s where I get to thinkin’ I can be pretty darn crafty sometimes.

I painted strips of Frog Tape! (I know, not rocket science, but got me excited about this little project for sure.)
diy wall calendar

I taped enough strips of tape (measured to the right height and width) onto the box of a fan we just bought that day.

While the paint was drying I marked off a few inches at the top of the canvas.  The plan was to use my little $1 Walmart stickers that I used on the Eat. Drink. Be Married. tray and white spray paint … so when I removed the stickers I’d be left with cute lettering for the days of the week.

But I wasn’t.  I think the canvas just absorbed more paint and it seeped under the stickers. Plan B was to hand paint in a different color around the stickers … and that didn’t work out either.  :( Sorry for the bad night shot.
diy wall calendar

By now I was sick of trying to figure out the lettering so I went ahead with my painted tape lines. Using a straight edge and exacto knife, I cut the width of the tape into thirds.

diy wall calendar

I even drew up a little set of ‘plans’ for my new wall calendar because I am a dork.

Measured and marked my lines on the canvas accordingly, and then just connected the marks with tape.
diy wall calendar

For the weekday lettering I ended up just painting the sections and then free handing the weekdays in with my white paint pen I used for our L.I.F.E. wall art.

TIP!!! If you have a frame that doesn’t have glass in it, you can have a piece of plexi-glass cut to fit.

Then just reassemble your taped, painted, canvas covered, cardboard insert back into your frame.

Use a dry erase marker to mark out each day.
diy wall calendar

And put your plan into action!  More details on how to go about doing that are here.

I am using my new calendar as a way to schedule my one optional blog task a day … what I call the ‘back of the house’ stuff. These priorities are constantly shifting, so it’s nice to have the dry erase board where I can switch it around every day if I need to.

Like when I pretend my schedule looks like this.  :)
wall calendar
NOW, it’s time to see how Allison keeps organized with school lunches at House of Hepworths! Hopefully you’re enjoying the Organizing 101: Back to Basics series … it has totally inspired me, that’s for sure.  :)

power of paint

But before you go, tell me, how do you keep track of your daily plan?  Planner?  Wall calendar? In your uber organized brain?

I just might share this at Tip JunkieBNOTPDIY Show OffPositively SplendidHome Stories A to ZHouse of HepworthsShabby Creek CottageThe 36th Avenue and Savvy Southern Style.

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About Karah

I'm Karah and I'm so glad you're here! I'm a small town girl from the North East who finds myself moving around with my husband and pups every few years and constantly on a journey to make the most of every space we find ourselves in. That little space between what has been and what will be. It'd be so cool if you'd like to join us for the ride.
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29 Responses to {diy} wall calendar

  1. Ugh – mathematical equations involved! Since I’m always on my laptop, that’s where I keep my calendar. Not as cute as this of course!

  2. Love how this turned out! I’m going to need one before long. I feel like life is getting busier and busier!

  3. Cute. It turned out really well!

  4. So now let’s see the “real” schedule! And I love you “plan” for the calendar, very organized of you!

  5. Karah, I can’t tell you how much your post yesterday gave me the kick in the pants I needed! My day was so much more productive, and my mantra was tackle bite size pieces. I reflected on your tips as I moved from moment to moment, and am still processing some of the changes I want to make – like breaking projects down into steps on my To Do list. That was a revelation, because I never thought to do it that way. So, thank you!

    PS – the book was mailed out yesterday!

  6. It turned out so good! I love that you painted the frog tape, brilliant!

  7. Anne says:

    that is some serious DIY’ing! Great idea!

  8. Jen says:

    Love it!! I need to make one of those for my crafty corner!

  9. You are right…you are one darn clever, creative girl!!…Love it…Annie Sloan can cover the world..and tape too!!
    Love, love it!!!…

  10. Great project… and that’s an inspiring blog calendar! I need to do something like this… :-/

  11. For someone who only recently received her first package of ASCP you’re mixing, talkin’ and waxing like an old pro :) Very cute idea, hope the date squares are large enough to hold all that must be on your busy schedule. So that very clever paint the painters tape trick does have me thinking … thanks!

  12. cassie says:

    super cute! much more attractive and efficient than my old fashioned wall calendar!

  13. Anne says:

    That turned out great!!! LOVE that color too!

  14. That is really stinkin’ cute! But I’m with Kelly–too much math when I’ve got my electronic calendar…But you’ve got my brain going. Currently giving my work office a little love and might need to incorporate this somehow…

  15. Karen says:

    This is really very, very clever. Would not have thought to paint the tape!!! Love the way your calendar turned out.

  16. Love it! We need one of these at home. Thanks for showing how you figured out the measurements!

  17. Carrie says:

    Great idea, and it’s fantastic that you can reuse it month to month without redrawing the lines each time!

  18. Mary Beth says:

    Wonderful idea! I may try my hand at this.

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  24. Betty819 says:

    Did you give the measurements of that picture frame? What a great idea you have created. Last night or I should say “wee hours of morning” when i was trying somebody’s helpful tip for non-toxic oven cleaning method after an oven disaster this week, I was browsing on pinterest and came across “101 things to declutter” or something on that subject. It showed this person wrote/typed things that she needed to declutter each day. I’m a clutter person, has to do with my ADD..at 70 yrs. old. I start many projects and go from one project when the mind wanders there without finishing the ones I have already started. I saw where somebody makes a list on legal pad/with lines or notebook paper and these projects don’t have to be done in order of importance. I can do that(I think)but with the dry erase method, you could erase the completed project and have room for another task in its place. This person marked through with a highlighter when each task was done.
    I wished I knew how to do it via computer but I’m computer challenged.
    Would you hang that frame up or make it portable so you can move it from one room to another. Maybe one of those for each room would be easier?
    I need a lot of help and encouragement..willing to hear other people’s way of tackling paper clutter.

    • Karah says:

      I can so relate about project ADD, it’s hard to not jump from one to another. You can use different colors on the dry erase calendar too to designate different urgency of items. The measurement of that frame is 18 x 24. Thanks so much for visiting.

  25. Love it, I have a dry wipe board that I use for menu planning and it is just ugh. After reading this I now know how to make it lovely :-)

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