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Before & After:  Custom Dry Erase Board

Before & After: Custom Dry Erase Board

Let’s face it – dry erase boards are usually pretty ugly.  The are called “white boards,” after all – blah.  But, a little elbow grease and a few bucks can net you a beautiful dry erase board in the exact size and color you need for your home.

I found this horrid piece of artwork at the local thrift shop for just a few dollars.  While the print inside the frame is ugly, the frame itself is solid, it’s a good size, and it’s interesting; the woven texture adds a little something extra, and I knew it would be gorgeous with a coat of paint.

DIY dry erase board before

I disassembled the frame, carefully setting aside the back board and the glass.  I had to wash the layer of grime of the glass, too, so I didn’t trap a bunch of dust behind it when I put everything back together again!  Next, I wiped the frame down to remove dust and get it ready to paint.  I painted first with one coat of primer and let it dry for about one hour.  Then, I painted 2 coats of my chosen color – a bright and fun turquoise called Slow Dance by Clark + Kensington (available at Ace Hardware stores) – letting it dry between coats.  I also painted the back of the frame after the front had dried, since the shape of the frame allows you to see the back when it’s hung on the wall.  I used a flat paint finish, but you could use one with more gloss, depending on your preference.

I used an old piece of designer wallpaper behind the glass to add some pattern.  Be careful here – you don’t want to select something too busy, or you won’t be able to read anything you write on the glass!  Tone-on-tone patterns work well for adding style without being too distracting.  You could put almost anything behind the glass – fabric, a collage of smaller scrapbook papers, a washed-out family photo – use your imagination. I simply used the back board from the frame as a template, tracing around it onto the wallpaper.  Cut it out, reassemble the frame, and voila!  This is the final result:

custom diy dry erase board

I just love the way it turned out!  This was a very easy project that took just an afternoon to complete – mostly due to paint-drying time.  Any dry-erase marker will write on the surface of the glass, and it wipes right off when you want to change your message.  Give it a try – your family can be stylish and organized all at the same time!

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