Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year

Dear Diligent Followers,
Last year at this time, I was working on getting my blog up and running.  One whole year and a measly 37 posts later, and I feel like I'm just getting started.  This year I promise to be more loyal to you!  I resolve to post more frequently and bring you fresh, "Pinterest-worthy," DIY projects.  I'm also aiming to make "Well Rounded" a bit more well rounded, going beyond just crafts.  I vow to bring you delicious recipes, food for thought, and more Friday Freebies. That's my goal!

On that note, I can't think of anything more appropriate than a calendar for my first project of 2012.
Here it is...
Here's how to make yours. 
Start with an open back frame, NO glass.  Hobby lobby has a great selection.  Finish it any old way you'd like.  Cut a piece of 1/4" plywood to fit inside. 

Sand, prime, then paint your plywood with a few coats of Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint. 

After it has dried, add the white lines.  I recommend taping them off with some painter's tape and then using spray paint to create the lines.  I tried hand painting them... what a mess! 
Next, add the days of the week. Don't waste your time trying to paint these on by hand, no need to be a hero.  I used a sharpie and free-handed them.  And, if you are like me and have terrible handwriting, find a font you like on the computer, print off each word, lay it onto the calendar, and trace pressing hard.  Locate the faint lines and trace over them with your sharpie.
Finally, add the month, dates, and your events with chalk.

There you have it!  Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll come back soon!
Happy New Year!


  1. Leah, what a terrific calendar idea! The look is so clean and sharp. Great job and thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum to complete your project.

  2. Leah, I love this idea...I found you via your link on Flamingo Toes...enjoy your website...I may just tackle this myself to get organized for my own blog. I just started blogging last month, and finding it fun (and a bit overwhelming). So, this would be a great organization tool!!! Would love for you to come and check out my blog if you get a chance...keep up the creative skills and good work...blessings!!!

    Erin at

  3. What a cute idea - I'm always a fan of chalkboards!

  4. This turned out soooo cute! Great way to keep the family organized. Thank you so much for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back to share more ideas with us next Saturday. -The Sisters

  5. Leah-

    I hope you do blog more! This project would be a great addition to any home. I just repainted my chalkboard menu board, and LOVE it.

    Featuring you tonight at Creative Juice. Sharing you on Pinterest as well.

    Thanks for sharing...


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