I’m really excited about this project I recently finished because even though it is a small project it is step one in my master plan. That sounds so devious.
I have been wanting a “command center” in my home for forever! It is kind of a joke between my husband and I over my love for command centers. He’s been listening to my visions of the perfect organized center for far too long. And I’ve probably shown him dozens of photos. Here’s just a few that have inspired me:
These two beautiful centers are from Pottery Barn
It is like an organizing overdose! Love them.
So Sam and I actually found a big frame just sitting on the side of the road and I immediately scooped it up. I didn’t know what I would do with it at the time but hey, it was free! After thinking about it for awhile I knew it would be a great place to start building my own command center and turned it into a large dry erase calendar.
The frame actually started out with a poorly done brown paint job but a light sanding, some primer, and a couple coats of white spray paint took care of it.
I get asked a lot what my favorite brand of spray paint is to use in projects and to be honest, I don’t really have one. I usually just use whatever is cheapest, or in stock, or closest to me on the shelf. I’m not very picky, or I haven’t found “the one” yet. Maybe I will someday…
This frame is pretty large and it is also an odd size, 14 x 27. So in order to fill it I created my own calendar design and had it printed up at Costco. The actual print is 20 x 30 and I just made sure to leave a large border in the design so that when I trimmed the border off it would fit in the frame.
Now I do have to admit that I had a small panic attack when I first started writing on the calendar. The dry erase marker didn’t come off! I was really confused and worried that the whole project would end up a waste. I tried everything from vinegar to nail polish remover to Windex. And it wouldn’t budge. (and yes, I was using dry erase markers, not permanent.) But I finally found something that worked. A little bit of Goof Off and it wipes off super easily. So I’ll just keep a can nearby and use it as my eraser. No big deal.