So you have found yourself here, deep within the DIY side of the internet. Maybe you were just browsing, clicking link after link until you got here; maybe you have an addiction to all things DIY, and maybe, just maybe, you have a legitimate reason for looking up how to make your own custom whiteboard. Whatever your reason may be, welcome to Tri Caraidean! We are more than happy to have you here.
(This is where I stop and ponder if anyone actually reads these intros…)
Before I start with the tutorial, I feel that I’m obligated to share why I made my whiteboard (this appears to be a mandatory step in all the DIY blogs I have seen). Here it is: I needed a whiteboard for work and I didn’t like the ones at the store. I needed something that hung rather than stuck by magnets. Now onto the tutorial! I have made you wait long enough!
The DIY Whiteboard:
Step One: Gather the materials
So the materials were fairly easy to find. Most of it was a one stop shop at Joanne Fabrics. What I couldn’t get there, I went to my local grocery store to get.
You will need:
-A board (there are no specific requirements for this board. I got a square board that I could easily drill holes in. If you want to get fancy, there are different shapes and designs out there)
-Wood stain (I got dark cherry stain since cherry is my favorite type of wood; you really only need the stain if you want your whiteboard to have a border though)
-White board paint (I went with Krylon Dry Erase because it was cheaper than a whole gallon of whiteboard paint.)
-Sanding Block (to smooth out the board if needed)
-Fume Masks (you do not want to kill brain cells while making this board)
Step Two: Sand down rough edges
Take the sand block and smooth out the board wherever it may need it. The edges of my board were quite rough and needed to be smoothed down if I didn’t want to get splinters.
Step Three: Mark out drill holes. Then drill the holes.
I used a rulers and marked two and a half inches in from both sides, using a pencils to draw where I wanted the holes for the string to get attached.
Once I had that done, I borrowed a drill from my dad. (I was not going to buy a new one - those suckers are expensive), and drilled the holes. It was simple and easy to do, and I didn’t drill through any body parts.
Step Four: Wood Stain
I popped open my tiny container of wood stain, gave it a quick stir, and then started painting it onto the board. For this, you want to follow the grain of the wood. Wood stain is also a very oily substance, so you may want to actually use a rag to apply it to your board. I went ahead and covered the whole board as it was easier than just trying to stick to the edges.
Once done, it’s important to let it dry for a couple of hours. I recommend letting it sit over night.
Step Five: Time to make it a white board
During this step, you’re really going to want the mask, and a ventilated area. I made the mistake of doing this in my basement. I recommend a garage or yard if you have that available to you.
I set up an area in my basement with newspaper and prepped my board for the dry erase spray paint. I lined the border of my board with painter’s tape first. I then coated it a couple times with the paint. I let it sit for a day and then coated it with paint again. I should have coated it with paint one more time, as my markers don’t erase very well, so I am going to tell you to let it sit for another day and then coat it again.
After it is all dry, go ahead and peel off all the painter’s tape. If any of the paint got under the tape, take some time to do some touch ups (unless you don’t care).
Step Six: The finishing touches
If you want to decorate your board, go right ahead. I love owls, so I got a wood cut out of an owl, spray painted it, and attached it to the board. It added a cute touch. Next I attached the string, and my board was ready to go.
If I were to do it again, I would definitely coat the board more with the whiteboard paint. As it is now, the marker doesn't erase very well. It stained the paint and I have to scrub to get the marker erased. Oh well. Just use a different paint or coat it more.
Forever and always,