Chalkboard Calendar 2

I really like chalkboards.  I really like to be organized with a calendar.  Why not just make a magnetic chalkboard calendar?  Easy, right? 

So many people have used this photo, I just can't figure out who did it first.

And who could resist this?!?!

When we first looked at the house, I knew that we needed a magnetic chalkboard wall. I found Martha Stewart’s chalkboard calendar video and knew that had to go onto a wall in the ‘den’.  The previous owners had used it as a bedroom.


I was pregnant for Lily during the remodel, so the job of painting this wall went to family.  They painted the left wall with magnetic primer.  This goes up just like paint, it just stinks terribly. After the primer dried, they painted the wall with chalkboard paint. You have to season the chalkboard by rubbing chalk on it’s side on the chalkboard and then you clean all that off with a sponge and your chalkboard’s ready to go.

den 6a

After I researched with Martha, I found this recipe.

Chalkboard Paint


  • 1 cup Latex Paint
  • 2 tablespoons Non-Sanded Grout (<$2 at the hardware store for a lifetime supply)


Step 1
Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time.
Step 2
Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.
Step 3
Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry.
Step 4
Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.
Step 5
To condition: Rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.

This recipe makes chalkboard paint that actually erases better than the stuff that you can buy in the store. It’s cheaper and you can make your own colors!

Wall Calendar: How-To

I chose 4 shades of paint to make my calendar.

1. I painted entire wall with store-bought black chalkboard paint (A).  You could also make your own with the recipe above.

2. I marked the perimeter of the calendar with a pencil (to accommodate 8-inch squares, mine measured 48″ high by 56″ across).

3. I used painters’ tape, marked off 4 columns (every other) and painted the squares according to the diagram below in those columns.  (I have searched everywhere for my picture and have apparently lost it!  ARRR!!!)

4. I make B paint by mixing 4 parts black chalkboard paint with 1 part white latex paint and adding 2 TBSP non-sanding grout. I painted the squares that I could tape off. I removed the tape. Let dry about an hour.

5. Repeat process for all the other squares using the proportions pictured above.

This was quite a time-consuming project because my dry time was significantly more than 1-2 hours, but look at the results!  Isn’t this chalkboard so super cool? I love it!  I also love that it will be a nice place for our girls to play. The primer is not cheap but if you’re wanting something magnetic and you’re going to have to prime your wall anyways, you might as well just buy this primer.


Note to self: I let my magnetic primer sit in my garage over the winter and it kind of hardened when I went to go get it for my next project in the kitchen.

den 6b

baily playing on chalkboard

Doesn’t this precious make it seem all worth it?

Happy chalkboarding!






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2 thoughts on “Chalkboard Calendar

  1. Reply Robin Haines Jun 8,2013 8:52 am

    I really enjoy your blog and I read every posting. You are a “super mom”. I love you Rachel. Thanks again Robin Haines

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