Inspired by an amazing wall calender that I saw at Thistlewood Farm's blog, and faced with the fact that I don't have access to an incredible, 40 pane, cast off window, I decided to build
my own chalkboard calender out of pine and plywood. This 5 foot by 6 foot calender has plenty of space to keep track of appointments, events and deadlines. It was made from pine and 1/4 inch plywood and painted with Chalkboard paint. More details, directions and a cut list are on the blog.
When we built a new side yard patio, the location of our air conditioner was less than ideal. So I smashed old plates, cut up old mirror and pieces of stained glass, to make a two sided mosaic screen that picks up the colors of the surrounding hostas.
The cream colored grout is sealed, old fence posts were used as the ends and the whole thing is movable in case we have to get at the air conditioner. It's much nicer to look at than the grey turbine.
Commented on Feb 17, 2013
The glass etc., is adhered using GE silicone II as the glue, onto cement board. The outside
square "frame" of the mosaic is screwed to the posts. The whole thing can come apart if need be for storage. The posts are cedar and all the wood is painted with the same outdoor paint as our house trim. The air-conditioner is on a cement slab but the posts are on landscaping rock. We intended to bring this out of the elements each Winter, but sometimes the snow comes before that happens, so it is on the 2nd year of enduring freezing temps and so far it has held up good with no cracking. The first couple years we did bring it into the garage. No neighbors or property line to worry about, but it sure is a better view for us when we are sitting on the patio!