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Painted Chalkboard Calendar

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Add a handy calendar grid directly to any wall using chalkboard paint and tape.

Painted calendar grid on a wall.

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • .94-in-wide painter’s tape

Materials

  • Valspar chalkboard paint, quarts, Atlantic Schooner, #4004-6C, and La Fonda Midnight, #4004-4C

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Instructions

Step 1

Check the wall surface where the calendar will be painted to make sure it is smooth and free of loose paint. If the wall is freshly painted, allow the last coat to dry overnight before continuing.

Step 2

Find and mark what will be the lowest edge of the calendar. Then mark what will be the center of the calendar along that line. Using a level, stretch a 3-foot piece of tape centered on the mark to mask the bottom of the calendar. Mark the tape on each side 17 inches from the center.

Step 3

Using a level, apply tape to mark the outside vertical edges of the calendar (Chalkboard Calendar Layout Guide). Measure and mark the sides 29 inches up from the bottom tape and then stretch a piece of tape to mark to top edge of the calendar.

Step 4

Mark the side pieces of tape 4 inches down from the top inside edge, and apply a piece of tape horizontally to create a 34-inch x 4-inch rectangle. Then follow the guide to mark the tape to create five rows and seven columns of 4-inch squares. When finished, press all of the tape firmly against the wall to keep paint from seeping underneath.

Step 5

Following the color pattern on the guide or one of your choice, apply contrasting colors for the top rectangle and 35 squares (Atlantic Schooner and La Fonda Midnight shown). Apply additional coats as needed. After the final coat, remove the tape and let dry overnight before using. Use artist’s brushes to touch up the painted edges as needed.

Good to Know

Select colors dark enough for chalk marks to be clearly visible.

Step 6

Match the painted chalkboard calendar colors to your room. Wipe it clean monthly with a moist cloth.  --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Follow the paint label directions to condition the surfaces with chalk before using.