Well, my little guy is starting preschool today (I can’t believe next year will be kindergarten…) and I am thinking up some ways to get myself motivated to face a pile of work (as fun as it is…I’m not complaining!) after the lazy days of summer. And honestly, while I adored our beach days, flea market jaunts, and camping, I can’t wait to get some fall started around here. Fall is the best!
At the top of my get-stuff-organized list this fall is my workspace. I am swapping out my old desk (really an old kitchen table) for a DIY double-width desk using some simple Ikea sawhorse legs. And above the double desk I would love to put a giant chalkboard calendar. Above is a pretty version from photographer Hannah Lemholt for Love Warriors (via April and May). It looks like a blank canvas of the sort used for educational posters, with half used as a mood board and the other half painted with chalkboard squares for each day of the week (plus an extra for next week).
Or what about using chalkboard calendar stickers on a charcoal gray wall, as in the home of Milly Goodwin and David Cleveland featured on Design Sponge? The tone-on-tone look is unexpected and chic, don’t you think?
A big wall calendar in the kitchen is smart for families — I like this DIY version from Jen Loves Kev. You simply mark out the calendar squares using painter’s tape, and fill in with chalkboard paint. Not only is it cheaper to DIY, in this case it gives you lots more options, too. You can make your calendar as large as you want, use colored chalk paint, or even do two months instead of just one.
Here is a great example of a wall-size calendar from HGTV — I love the idea of using painted wooden letters from the craft store to label the days of the week.
And another with wooden letters from Country Living. In this version, the homeowner used paper tags to write out the numbers — I’m guessing they are hanging from slim nails or hooks.
If you are looking to buy, Ferm Living has a few options, including this slim weekly planner. This would be great for helping kids keep track of which activities they have on each day.
And over at Tatertots & Jello I spied this lovely chalkboard calendar. It’s on a navy chalkboard wall base, which is a nice twist, don’t you think? Rather than painting chalkboard squares, she used white painter’s tape to create the grid, and added vinyl letter stickers and a scalloped edge that she created using a silhouette cutter (but I’m thinking you could probably find something similar — and ready made — on Etsy).
Would you try a chalkboard wall calendar? Of the ones shown here, which is your favorite?