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Dry Erase Chalkboard Calendar… Fun, Funky, Functional and FABULOUS!

I know many of you are new (ish) to our blog, and it’s easy for me to forget and assume that you remember every post and every project since the beginning of time Sawdust and Embryos. So in the interest of getting you up so speed on our kitchen calendar situation… let’s start from the beginning!

The walls in our kitchen have no texture, so we thought it would be so fun to make a calendar out of dry erase paint several years ago. In theory, it was a great idea…

Dry eraser paint = FAIL

But in reality… it was an epic design FAIL.

Dry Erase paint FAIL

After about 6 months, it began  retracting and pulling away from our wall, along with the plaster behind it. It completely ruined our wall.


We toyed around with lots of different ideas for how to remedy the situation, yet still have a fun/funky/functional calendar.

That’s when I remembered that I’ve been wanting to do something with this frame from last years auction finds.

Frame turned Dry Erase Calendar

We took out the gaudy fruity print, checked to make sure it wasn’t worth any money, and pitched it! Then I did a little glazing with WHITE! (my fave!) I painted the gold detail solid white, but didn’t take any pics of that process.

Glaze with WHITE!

The plan is to use the glass as a dry erase board, but I like having the option of putting some pretty fabric behind it, or a fun print wrapping paper… you get the idea.

But Nick had the genius idea of painting the backboard using leftover chalkboard. (Because chalkboard art is SO COOL. Watch this sweet video) I like having options. And LOVE having the option of changing things out every month!


For the month of March, I decided to utilize the chalkboard! And after doing a lot of font research, I decided on this design. Me-likey the combination of different types of font!

Sawdust and Embryos FONTS!

In case you’re feeling curious… the fonts are as follows: MARCH: Lobster, OF: Bergamot Ornaments (letter x), 2013: Peake.

I printed this onto transparency and projected it onto my chalkboard, and lightly traced it on with chalk! (Here are some other projects we’ve used our overhead projector for!)

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Then I got to have some serious fun.

All I used was chalk, a wet rag, and some q-tips!

Chalk Art {Sawdust and Embryos}

There’s no tutorial for this part… just trial and error. And if you’re like me… it’s FUN trial and error!

Chalk Art! (Sawdust and Embryos)

We decided to make the calendar ‘grid’ out of our quarter inch tape (that we use on our backsplashes), and shade in the squares so the days of the month are white.

Chalkboard Calendar {Sawdust & Embryos}

Chalkboard Calendar (Sawdust and Embryos)

Chalkboard Calendar (Sawdust & Embryos)

Oh man. I LOVE it.

Chalkboard Calendar by Sawdust & Embryos

Chalkboard Calendar (by Sawdust and Embryos)

So then we popped it into the frame, along with the glass, and hung her on the wall… PERFECTLY covering our disgusting/damaged wall (which Nick claims he wants to eventually repair). The pictures of it installed in the frame aren’t as impressive because of the glare… but I assure you it looks AWESOME in person.

Chalkboard Dry Erase Calendar {Sawdust & Embryos} Chalkboard Dry-Erase Calendar [Sawdust and Embryos}

I wrote on the days of the month in black dry erase, and then added our activities using a color coding system and NEON dry erase markers… funnnnnnn!

Dry Erase Chalkboard Calendar (Sawdust and Embryos)

It makes me feel jubilant every time I walk by it. Anybody want to get together for coffee so I can add it to me ‘schedule’?Sawdust and Embryos

Chalkboard Calendar by Sawdust & Embryos

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  • Amber Wulle

    Love it! And love the options!

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  • Katy@TheOpenDoor

    What an great solution! I can’t believe the dry erase paint did that to your wall…that’s HORRIBLE. I’m glad I know never to buy it now. I always love to see what you guys do here!

  • annmariequeen

    Wow! Thanks for the heads up on the dry erase paint! LOVE the neon dry erase! This is certainly a calendar I could get behind! Now to find a projector….

    • Nick Sy

      You can borrow them from most public libraries. It’s worth a phone call!! :)

    • royaltysparkles

      My husband works at our library! I’ll ask him about it. Thanks!!

  • jazzle24

    I love the look of this, but will you have to redo the entire thing each month

    • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

      Oh don’t you worry about me… that’s the best part! I’ve got all kinds of ideas for the upcoming months. :)

  • shawn

    What a great idea!!! Except for the changing it every month part. lol Still love it though!


    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the calendar!!! Great job and great tips! Thanks!!!

  • Adrienne Frost

    I love this idea. I am going to give it a go. I am going to buy a stencil though and use that as a template cause I don’t have an over head projector. :)