Thursday, February 21, 2013

DIY Dry Erase Board

Since the first of the year I have been working on organizing our home from top to bottom, room by room. One thing that needed to be addressed was organizing our grocery lists and meal plans. If we can get these better organized then we will hopefully save time grocery shopping AND save some $$$ too, which is always a plus, right?
So this is what fueled my desire to create a dry erase board for the kitchen. I thought we could hang it on the refrigerator and use it for jotting down our grocery list as we run out of things, and I'd like to use it like the central command center where Mr. Chaos and I can leave each other notes about random stuff that needs to be taken care of around the house.
To create your dry erase board you will need a picture frame with the glass. Any size will work but for our refrigerator I chose an 8x11 size frame from the thrift store.
I spray painted it Ivory in a glossy finish. I figured since it was in the kitchen it will probably get dirty at some point so a glossy finish will probably be more durable and clean up easier.
I picked out a piece of scrapbook paper from Hobb Lob or $0.59 cents and cut it to fit the frame. Be sure the color of the paper is light enough so the writing will be visible. (not to self!)
Since I am haging mine on the refrigerator in the kitchen, I glued some magnet strips to the back, then attached three burlap rosettes for some whimsy, and VOILA! Instant dry erase board!

You can write on the glass with an erasable marker. I used these that are wet erase markers that teachers use for the over head projector, but any washable marker should do the job. Just be sure to NOT use a permanent marker!  (note to self #2!)

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So all in all I spent about $2.50 to $3 bucks on this project and I absolutely LOVE it! I think this piece will be functional AND pretty, and that makes me VERY happy!
Have a wonderful weekend,
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