Aug 27, 2011

{Potterybarn Inspiration}

***Things I've learned about this project:
1.  I did not poly the frame.  That's okay with me.  I like the matte look.
2.  DO NOT use the dry erase marker that came with the adhesive calendar.  It will not erase well once it dries.  As a teacher, I suggest just sticking with the standard; EXPO!

Here's the post I just wrote as a "guest blogger" over at DIY Kinda Girl...

I'm so excited to share with you this project that Justin and I just finished here for DIY Kinda Girl!

I'm inspired by a lot of things...but shelter mags really get me going.  Watch out around here when the new Pottery Barn catalog hits our mailbox, because I will always find something that I can do myself.  Recently, we've been really needing some wall organization.  I'm embarrassed to say that I miss appointments a lot.  We've even missed soccer practice and swim lessons a couple of times...and quite honestly it's getting a little ridiculous.

Well, I've been drooling over these wall organizational systems from PB for quite awhile...

The Rustic Wall Organizer system ranging from $99-$199 for each piece (holy moly...that's expensive).

And the "not so expensive" Daily System in Mahogany ranging from $20-$50 for each piece.

This little (lovely) item is...$199!  Yes, you read that right!

So, in true Erin form...I decided to build it myself. 

Recently, while buying school supplies at Walmart I came by this "Adhesive Whiteboard Calendar"  for $4.95.  Score!

I started with a painted base (which I painted beforehand) of 3/4 inch birch plywood cut to size for my base (left over from my Vintage Keys project).  Then pre-stained 1x2 firring strips (using 1/2 American Chestnut and 1/2 Special Walnut Minwax stain) and attached as a frame using the same method as I did when I did the Pottery Barn Vintage Keys Knockoff wall art.

I then used "thin" lattice molding from Home Depot (pre-stained) to trim the inside edges. 

All in all, I think it turned out pretty well. It has the "rustic" look and the "size" I wanted!

HINT: It was hard getting the calendar to line up straight, so use a pencil to mark it's location before you take the backing off the adhesive whiteboard.

Notice our dog Molly?  She's a tired girl from all the building and projects around here.

Check out {A Charming Nest} blog sometime...I think I will be adding some more pieces to this one real soon!  Take care everyone!  It's been a pleasure being your guest!


  1. That is so cool! It's amazing how you can do this kinda thing - I've always drooled over stuff from Pottery Barn but never thought about trying DIY.

  2. WOW! Awesome job! I like your calendar WAY more than the pottery barn one...your's look more expensive too!


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