It seems we are always counting down the days to something: a visit from Gramma, a trip we'll take, and most recently, how many days until our exchange student arrives. In the past, I've made a paper countdown with a photo of whatever we're looking forward to doing or seeing, and every morning D would cross off a number.
I starting thinking that maybe I could make something a little more permanent. When I saw my old menu board, I found inspiration.
I made this menu board about five years ago when I first started menu planning. I have a nicer board now. Since I used puffy paint for the type, it was easy to scrape that off with a knife.
Then I gave the board a good cleaning.
Next, I painted the board a pretty pearlized purple that I had in my stash of paints.
Close up of the paint color.
It took about three coats of paint since I didn't use any primer. Next, I used the glass from a frame to outline a 4x6 rectangle, which I marked with stickers.
I used some foam letters I already had for the "Days Until."
Here you can see the sticker outline.
Since this countdown is about Marissa, I printed out a fun recent photo of her.
I placed the photo in the rectangle.
I used some washi tape to secure the photo. I think next time, I will use a 3x5 photo instead so it doesn't look quite so crowded.
Finally, I added the details with my dry erase marker.
I found just the right place for it on our console table.