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Colourful and organised: chessboard calendar

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A picture of the colourful chessboard calendar on a wall of an office
Stay organised with our colourful chessboard calendar
  • Difficulty
  • Costs
    50-100 £
  • Duration
    3-8 h


Checkmate to deadline chaos! This colourful wall calendar with 52 squares (one for each week) arranged in a chessboard pattern brings fresh colour to the room and more structure to everyday life. Thanks to the base coat of ferric paint, everyday items such as notes, photos, invitations or post cards can be attached to the calendar magnetically. You can enter important personal events such as your birthday, wedding anniversary, etc. – as well as the appropriate calendar week – into the 52 squares using chalk. You'll never forget an important date again!

What you need

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Additional items
  • masking tape
  • floor protector or cover sheets
  • paint roller and a brush with synthetic bristles
  • Pencil
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Material list
  • ferric paint for the prime coat on the wall
  • paint for the panels, 4 different colours of your choice
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's start - step by step

Video instructions

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Getting started

A picture of someone measuring up the chessboard centre using a Quigo Plus
Start by setting up the Quigo Plus

Firstly, attach the Bosch Quigo Plus cross line laser to the tripod to ensure that all the squares are the same size. Align the center of the laser cross at a height of approximately 90 cm and move the Quigo Plus away from the wall until the marks are 12 cm apart. To check that the spacing really is exactly
the same, hold the target plate against the wall. If the vertical laser line runs perfectly through the red strips on the target plate, the Quigo Plus is exactly perpendicular to the wall.

Note: Before you begin, make sure to paint the wall with a magnetic ferric paint a day before, leaving 24 hours drying time.

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Creating a cross shape

A picture of someone putting masking tape along the cross line laser beans in a cross shape
Start by placing tape in a cross shape matching the Quigo Plus's lines

What you need: masking tape

Next place masking tape on the vertical and horizontal lines in a cross shape from the starting point as shown in the picture. Simply stick one piece of tape 90 cm long horizontal strip and one strip at least 130 cm long vertically along the laser cross.

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Marking out the squares

A picture of someone marking out the squares for the chessboard
Time to mark out the squares for the chessboard

Now you can mark out the squares for each week by using a pencil to transfer the marks of the horizontal laser line of the Quigo Plus onto the tape, i.e. – starting from the center of the cross – three dashes to the right and three to the left. Repeat this step for the vertical laser lines – four dashes up to the top and five down to the bottom.

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Finish the template

A picture of someone using the Quigo Plus to map out straight lines for the chessboard
Finish the chessboard template
A picture of the finished chessboard template
Finishing the template

Now you can stick the rest of the template to the wall by turning the Quigo Plus and aligning the vertical laser line over the pencil marks drawn on the horizontal strip of tape to create perfectly straight lines. Stick the six vertical strips of tape one-by-one along the laser line. Then repeat this step for the nine horizontal strips of tape, adjusting the height of the Quigo Plus using the crank on the tripod to the relevant height for each strip.

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Start painting

A picture of someone painting in the squares of the chessboard calendar using a paint roller
Now to add the paint

What you need: paint roller and a brush with synthetic bristles, floor protector or cover sheets, paint

Once the template is complete, you can use the paint roller to paint the squares alternate colours as you wish.

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The finishing touches

A picture of someone removing the masking tape from the completed chessboard calendar
Remove the tape and your calendar is complete

Last but not least, remove the masking tape while the paint is still slightly wet for a clean finish. Once the chessboard is completely dry you can start to add photos, shopping lists and invites. Your chessboard is not only decorative but practical.

Legal notice

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.