The first time I visited my in-laws in Holland, I was intrigued by the perpetual calender they had in their main floor bathroom. I asked Niels about it, and he said everyone in Holland has one. It's really brilliant actually.
Instead of filling out birthdays and anniversaries on a new calendar every year, the verjaardagskalendar (literally: birthdays calendar) has dates and lines (no days of the week), making it a perpetual calendar. The Dutch keep it in the bathroom because that's the one room where you sit for a few minutes each day.
A month ago, we bought an Ikea Ribba shelf for our verjaardagskalendar, but it needed something else. I liked the idea of a magnetic board with scrabble letters, but the one I made was an epic fail. Well, maybe not epic because D likes to play with it, but it's too ugly for our powder room!
Yesterday, I found this magnetic dry erase board with two photo slots at Target. It was just what I wanted, but the wrong color. Our powder room is yellow with orange accents. But I couldn't stop thinking about it, and last night I picked it up.
I thought about painted it, but I don't paint so well. I had some glitter tape from Joann's, but it was just not quite wide enough.
I improvised with some printed paper tape from Target. I tape the entire outside edge of the frame with the orange striped tape.
I remembered to use an old bread bag clip to make using the tape easier.
The orange tape was a little wider than the frame.
I clipped the corners and tucked them over.
Next, I placed the glitter tape on top, lining up on the inside edge of the frame.
I cut the corners on the diagonal with my exacto knife.
I used the same idea for the center pieces.
I used several small stripes on the small piece so the pattern continued.
No more blue. Well, only a peek of blue.
I wasn't happy with my trim job, so I touched up with our trim paint, Sherwin Williams Pure White.
A clean seam.
Next, I rounded up all D's frig magnet letters that he hardly uses anymore. I borrowed this idea from The Crafted Sparrow.
I bought both a primer and a metallic finish paint.
The primer was pointless.
But it didn't matter. The metallic paint worked great.
I did have to spray from both sides.
I used the glass to trim the paper.
I love this picture of Niels and Bailey. This was taken the day before she died. I love that my dog really became our dog.
And my paint sheet has a nice design.
When I collected all the magnets, I thought it was fun that you could still see the colors on the back.
I thought the letters would be a fun touch.
You can still see a touch of blue.
But it's okay because there's touch of blue in our art.
Especially this one:
A few close ups: