Does anyone remember "If Lucy Fell"? Well, if you happened to miss this 1996 Sarah Jessica Parker/Ben Stiller romantic comedy, check it out...if only for the giant wall calendar that Lucy (SJP) and her roommate Joe paint on the wall each month. While I do not remember much about the plot of that movie thirteen years later, that wall calendar has stuck with me.
Since painting and repainting a wall in my house didn't seem very practical, I have been looking for a way to get the same effect but without all the work. Then, I stumbled upon this chalkboard calendar from Martha Stewart awhile back and loved the concept. I loved the idea of a giant blackboard wall calendar that was both functional and fun. I did not, however, love the idea of making my own chalkboard paint in different shades of gray or the tedious process of taping and painting little gray boxes on my wall. So I combined my "If Lucy Fell" wall calendar with Martha's concept and came up with this:
We painted a large wall in our kitchen with chalkboard paint from Benjamin Moore. I found letters for each day of the week and nailed them to the top of the wall. The fabric "M" and "T" are from Anthropologie. The cardboard "S" is from Paper Source and the rest are from Urban Outfitters. I used a level and liquid chalk markers to draw the calendar and fill in the days with all of our family's activities and appointments. The kids love to see what's going on the calendar for the upcoming month and ask me to draw pictures that correspond to the activities. So, much like "If Lucy Fell", calendar day is something to look forward to at my house too!