Ours was this dry erase disaster.
|It was terrible|
Second we had overused our surface. In what I can only imagine to be protest from so many washings and rewritings the dry erase surface was pulling away from the backing creating an unsightly and difficult to use convex surface.
Yet, by far, the biggest reason we needed to retire our dry erase board was that it was a one month calendar. We are not really a family who plans things one month at a time. As a result dates, plans and commitments were scrawled along the top and sides of the calendar. When those spaces were full they were written on pieces of paper and stuck to the cork along the bottom of the calendar. Inevitably something important got overlooked from time to time.
We needed a change!!
I did not want a paper calendar. I find the squares too small for me to write in (often we have two or three things going on in one day). Also, many of our activities get moved and shuffled around, I needed something I could change.
I saw some DIY dry erase options online. Most used picture frames with the glass as a dry erase surface. For many people it would work great. But it still wouldn't solve the problem of those troublesome markers.
So I finally decided create two chalkboard calendars.
First we taped off the areas we wanted to paint.
|To get a nice paint line from your painters tape first feather on |
your paint lightly and allow a moment to dry. Then paint as normal
|"Priming" the surface|
Next, using painters tape, we set up our vertical lines and painted them in with white acrylic craft paint.
After they were dry came the horizontal lines.
|lines going on|
I also picked up a box of 100 pieces of white chalk from Dollar Tree for $1.
To make chalk something you can actually write with simply dampen the chalk with water and sparpen it in a large hole pencil sharpener.