You got a little sneak peek yesterday, but just in case you missed it ....
A BIG old screen.
Add to that a big piece of foam/cork board and a piece of hardboard (very thin, pressed board) purchased and cut to size at my local Home Depot ..... and I was good to go!
I started with the hardboard --- which became my magnetic calendar:
2. Using a sponge roller, I applied 3 coats of magnetic primer, and two coats of chalk board paint.
(I have to admit, I was very skeptical of the magnetic primer .... I have tried the spray-can version in the past and have not been impressed. But much to my surprise, it works GREAT!)
3. I used a tape measure and pencil to measure and mark out my calendar grid.
4. Then, I drew over my pencil lines with my trusty chalk ink marker (LOVE THOSE THINGS!), and pressed the calendar board right into the screen's frame (the screen actually holds it in place and keeps it form falling out the back!)
The next step was the bulletin board:
2. I hot glued the excess fabric around the edges of the back of the foam board, pulling it tight as I went along.
3. I pressed the finished, fabric-covered cork board into the screen frame, next to the calendar. Because I had measured and cut everything exactly to size, the fit was nice and snug, which was ideal -- if there had been gaps, the pieces would have flopped around or fallen out.
4. To ensure that the pieces would not fall out the front of the frame (even though they were VERY snug), I had handy husband cut an extra piece of hardboard in a strip the depth of the frame, which I hot glued into place. (I also like that it helped to frame and give a more finished look to both sides of the piece.)
Finally, to finish off the calendar, I needed NUMBERS!
Since it IS a chalkboard, I knew I could simply write the numbers on the calendar, but then I would have to erase and re-write the numbers every month (not that this would be a big deal, but why do that when I can have even more FUN?).
More of my beloved homemade magnets.
(The number version, that is.)
before, start by spray painting wood discs from the craft store. I used the lovely Catalina Mist from Krylon. (Yep! The same color as my desk top!)
2. Next, I used sandpaper and walnut Distress Ink to give the discs an worn, aged look.
3. For the numbers, I just used number stickers from the craft store!
4. And finally, apply small magnets to the back with E-6000.
I put 'em all together, and this is what I got:
I love every inch of this thing! It's functional, it'll help me stay organized (in theory), and it's SO. CUTE. And the fact that it all takes place in an old screen just makes me giddy.
I looooove making old things useful again! And all of those pieces add so much character to my house! :-)
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