I decided to name this post "Beauty and the Beast" of dry erase calendars because I could not stand my last one and I love my new one!
With the new year here, I was ready to make a new calendar for the wall outside the kitchen. I wanted it to be better than the one I had which was a store purchased dry erase. I also wanted it to be a picture frame calendar so I could have an excuse to get some new chalkboard markers. I also knew I wanted it to be blue and green to match the blue walls in parts of my home. So with the stage set, I began! As a side note, how many pictures are too many for a tutorial? I guess we will find out!
|I am just taping some paper down to use as the background for the stencil|
|I am using a Laura Ashley Home stencil I picked up for little to nothing|
|I have not used it on the walls before|
|This is the first fail- I stenciled yellow and red and it was not great-did not look good on blue walls|
|Then I did blue and green and was in love( 2 fave colors)|
|A little nap for the stencil to dry off before the next step|
|here comes the BOOM- glow in the dark paint!|
|Before the glow in the dark|
|All glowed up-I wish I could show you her "purty-ness" at night with the glow in the dark paint added!|
|Then I added some Silhouette birds and things to add character|
|Frame in gold before I spray painted it a really cool hammered bronze color|
|I used the last calendar as a guide to hot glue down the dividing lines on the glass of the new frame|
|I then added yellow stickers as templates for the days of the week|
|Then I wrote all over it with chalkboard markers-they wipe off very well!|
|The I took a picture of the finished project reflected in mirror to look artsy|
|The Beast! See ya on the 5th of NEVUARY! (never + February)|
Now that I have finished I will say that I love the fact that the glass is the only thing that gets wiped off and the stickers and detail are all underneath. This is good because I can use dry erase and chalkboard markers and not worry about cleaning too much since it is just glass. It cleans easily and just looks better.
I think that the hardest part was getting the lines measured and glued down and the yellow stickers. I sometimes have no method to my madness and it took a while to get the stickers exact since I was not measuring as much at that point.
I enjoyed the process because I basically just kept grabbing stuff from around the house and using it like the yarn for the divider on the days and the yellow stickers. I also was very excited that my Silhouette worked this time. I realized that it probably needed a larger setting for the needle so I turned it to 3 and it cut properly....which means I am going to finally perfect that wall stencil I started!
Well, that's it- is there a wall calendar that you just can't stand any longer and need to bury?