Our Giant Planning Wall For $100

I LOVE lists and planning, projects and schematics, reminders and calendars, but I do not do well to put things in my phone and a refrigerator calendar isn’t big enough so I end up with a million scattered sheets of random needs and to dos all over the house and in my purse. When we moved into the house we live in now, there was a 10-foot wall off our front door entry that was a little awkward for me to decorate, and being a minimalist, I didn’t really want to put a bunch of stuff there.  So what do we all do when we’re stumped with a decorating question?  Ask Pinterest!

I really don’t know how I got to where I did, but I found the perfect solution for me and the wall.  I purchased a $15 white panel board from the local building supply store and for an extra $60, they framed it out for me.  $75 got me a great 4ft x 8ft white board, finished out is a pretty black frame, delivered, and mounted!  Perks of a small town is the often “one stop shop” option we have.

This board has housed a slew of family information and function.  Here’s a brief list of my… lists.  (Did I mention I love lists?)

To-Dos                                                                    Volcano schematics                            Recipes
Chores                                                                     Birthday wish lists                              Instructions
Events to remember                                            Self Portraits                                        Baby Names
Spelling Words                                                     Weekly menus                                      Race car tracks
Long Division                                                        Ideas                                             Stick Figure Shoot Outs
Win – Lose – or Draw Games                           Song Lyrics                                   Random “I Love You”s

The only drawback I see is that the surface can get scratched, but overall it’s easy to clean and has been well used and loved.  I have a designated rag for cleaning, because it will stain, and use a spray alcohol that I get at Dollar General to clean it.

I have added command strip hooks just below for the kids backpacks to keep them in a central location.

If you don’t have access to a “One Stop Shop”, I think you could easily have 6-8 pre-drilled holes done around the edges an inch or so inward and spread out the distance of your studs – either 16” or 24”.  Now, I am no carpenter, which is why I had this done for me, but I think you could float this by pre-drilling into the studs, sandwich washer and nut on either said of the board and screw in, but to be honest… You should probably call someone who knows what they are doing just to be sure or ask Pinterest.  She has all the answers anyway!

 “I swiftly discovered that there are few things in DIY (and possibly life) that can’t be solved with a large mallet, a bag of ten-centimeter nails and some swearing.” ― Monty Halls

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