Monday, September 19, 2011

Upgraded Dry Erase Board

Just a quick post today. We didn't get as much done as we had hoped this weekend because J's dad hurt his back and wasn't able to come help us. Oh well, there is always next weekend.  We did manage to get the garage and sun room cleaned up.  They aren't perfect, but they're a lot better then what they were.

And I finally got a dry erase calendar for the kitchen.  I've been wanting to get one for quite sometime, but just never remembered when I was at the store.  So this last week I was determined to pick one up.  I was sick of writing our weekly menu on a piece of notebook paper and sticking it up on the fridge.  Yes I make out a weekly menu, it helps me determine what I need from the grocery store as well as saves us from the whole, "what do you want for dinner?", "I don't know, what do you want?" dilemma.
So I ran to Target, yes I love that store, and picked up a simple dry erase calendar.  It's even magnetic (can't wait to make some fun magnets for it). 

See nothing fancy, just a simple no fuss dry erase board.  They had nicer ones, but were a little expensive for my taste.  This one is 16x 20 (standard picture frame size) and was about $13.  I have been waiting for one to show up at the thrift store, but alas, I grew tired of waiting.

I then headed over to Hobby Lobby because open back frames were 50% off.  But even at 50% off, I would be paying around $30 for a frame.  And this was supposed to be a cheap project, under 20 bucks.  So up to the thrift store I went.  And low and behold there was a great 16x20 frame sitting there.  It was a pretty nice frame and had a professionally matted pig print in it (yes I still have the print, no I'm not sure if I'll use it).  And best of all, it was $6.99.  God I love the thrift store.  Normally I paint my frames I get from the thrift store, but not this one.  It's a really nice frame.

And here it is.  I love how simple (and cheap) this project was, but how useful it is.  I need to make some cute magnets to go with it and a DIY pen and eraser holder, but so far it's been really useful.  I can put our appointments, band gigs, art shows, etc up there as well as things that need to get done around the house (like patching the large hole that is in the wall were we took out the built in china hutch).  Simple, useful, cheap, the perfect DIY project.  

And I'm off to work on our next DIY project.  Well if I can drag myself away from the computer.  Between StumbleUpon and Pinterest, I'm having difficulties.  They are both so great for finding new ideas and projects to work on.  Well the first step is to admit you have a problem, right?!? :-)      


randomcreative said...

What a great project! I'm glad that you were able to get so many of the supplies for such good prices.

Rose said...

I included this post in a tutorial link list on my blog today. Enjoy. :)
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