Jun 3, 2010

Chalkboard Chore Chart

I have used a couple of different types of chore charts over the last couple of years, trying to teach my kids that we are a family that works together to take care of our home.  (No, they don't get paid...unless it's a chore that's out of the ordinary for them.)

The problem with the chore charts I've used before is that they were made out of either paper or poster board.  This meant two things:  they got torn/crumpled AND when we ran out of room for more checkmarks, they were tossed in the trash.  So why not come up with something more permanent and CUTE!

So I came up with this:

(Hey, did you notice how I mispelled the word Laundry???  Yeah.  Well at least it's just chalk and I can erase it and spell it correctly!  LOL!!!)
The first thing I did was scrounge through our wood pile in the garage.  After I found the size I wanted, I used chalkboard paint and painted it!

Then my husband helped me make the kind of frame I wanted for it.

Here's my husband (at least his hands! LOL) making sure the frame fits the chalkboard just right.
And it does!  Yeah!!!

I painted the frame white and then my husband nailed it to the board so it was all one piece.

Then as per the directions on the chalkboard paint can, I waited three days to let the chalkboard paint set up and then I conditioned the chalkboard by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the whole board.

I wrote the word "CHORES" using this little guy:
(sorry about the terrible picture!)
It's a Chalk Marker.
(Found at most craft stores.)
It's so easy to use and can easily be erased with a damp rag.
This way "CHORES" is more permenant, but I can easily change the chores and whoever is assigned to them from week to week.

(And here's the final product once again.)

Lovely.  Simple.  Practical.

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Becca said...

So simple and so brilliant. I've never heard of a chalk board marker. I think I need this for my classroom too! Thanks for linking up to Home and Family Friday!


Darlene said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea.

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Very nice! We use chalkboards around my house all the time, especially for little notes...instead of wasting paper! Great project!

Stephanie Lynn said...

Love this and I love the frame even more! Fantastic job - looks fabulous! Have a great weekend! Stephanie Lynn

Becca said...

I love chalkboard paint!! I have made several signs and redid my boy's toy chest with it!!


Kristy said...

Love it! Cute and Organzied

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

That is lovely, simple and practical. I love that it was so inexpensive too! I really want to get some of those chalkboard pens!


Becca said...

I just featured this on my blog!



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