Monday, May 10, 2010

Whiteboard to Magnetic Blackboard

We had a very, very ugly whiteboard that was wonderfully magnetic but didn't erase at all. Whatever you wrote was stuck there for life. I had started this project during April Stash Busting but didn't get finished until now. All the supplies were stuff from around the house except for some corner fasteners we used to hold the frame together. Total cost to restore this old whiteboard: $1.23. If we hadn't had wood or paint on hand it would have been more expensive. The blackboard is hanging in a dark narrow hallway so please excuse the pictures.  Here's how we did it:

Start with an old broken whiteboard. If you don't have one, I see them at garage sales for under a dollar all the time. Here's mine:

Take it apart, dismantling frame and removing any hanging apparatus:



Wash thoroughly, allow to dry and then paint with blackboard paint. The one I used required several coats (about four I think) and a 24 hour curing period. Don't rush this or your finished results won't be their best.



Follow blackboard paint instructions (ours said to cover it in chalk and then wash off). Once the chalk board is ready to use you can stencil on a decorative image if desired. 



Add shading. For this, I dabbed on metallic yellow for the flames, the curve of the central piece of the chandelier and a few other spots:



Frame your magnetic blackboard. We had some wood from other projects and cut it to fit. I spray painted the pieces yellow and attached the frame directly to the wall studs trapping the blackboard against the wall. While doing this, we used my ATG gun to hold the blackboard to the wall temporarily.

 


Add Magnets. These are rolled flowers made from scraps of my napkin fabric. I glued our old boring magnets to the back of them with Aleene's Tacky Glue.



And here's what it really looks like. By morning my fifth grader had found the sidewalk chalk and poured out a Mom-Love stream of consciousness extravaganza. I'm a lucky lady.




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41 comments:

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I love this! What a great way to salvage an old white board. I like the yellow frame, too.

Elizabeth said...

How well does the sidewalk chalk erase? I was talking to another instructor -- one teaching off-site, and using an actual chalkboard for the first time ever -- and he was talking about the struggle of finding chalkboard chalk, and how sidewalk chalk had oils in it that kept it from erasing properly, and thus wasn't an effective substitute.

Of course, what you're doing with this board is prolly different than what he was doing -- trying to teach an OChem lesson, where he has to erase his figure and chalk a new one up every few minutes. But you mentioned sidewalk chalk, and I was curious.

Larissa said...

LOVE THIS. I never thought about changing over a whiteboard to a chalk board.

Great Job

Larissa

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love this white board redo! Now I'll be looking at the yard sale/thrift store white boards with new eyes. Loved the pop of the chandelier stencil, too. Great idea.

Donene said...

What a great idea, it is great and I have just the whiteboard in my basement. Thanks!

Jenn said...

Another Great project! Thanks for sharing!
I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!
Jenn

CraftyMomOf2 said...

un_freakin_believable!! simply gorgeous!!!

Mima said...

I love your boys, they clearly adore you and aren't scared to say so which is gorgeous!!!

Chocolate Sundaes said...

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madebymegs said...

Your handiness kills me...good grief you come up with some awesome ideas!!

One Cheap B*tch said...

This came out great! The chandelier is just the perfect finishing touch!

Coming over from BNOTP and a happy new follower!

Jeanine

Kami @ Sweet Charli... said...

LOL that is so funny that you are in the contest too! And with the cutest wreath! I can't believe those are paper towels, they don't even look like them!! I love this! If I don't win, I for sure hope you do!! :) Good Luck, it looks like you're doing awesome already!

the momma said...

Awesome redo! I have the same beat up whiteboard in my kitchen, and I'm in love with all chandelier thingys (technical terminology, I know!) I might have to give this a shot!
Great job!

C.R.A.F.T. said...

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Rene @ cottage and vine said...

Love the bright yellow! Fun color!

Mim Smith Faro said...

Cute! Cute! Cute!

Maggi said...

Wow, this is too cool! I'll have to be on the lookout for erase boards now! :D

Della said...

That's amazing! I love it!

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

The bright yellow juxtaposed with the black and white is right up my alley! Love this!

Jill said...

Gorgeous. I love the chandelier stenciled on it!

Stephanie Lynn said...

What a fabulous transformation. Love the magnets too! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

One Life Many Journeys said...

I love that you save this and made it beautiful. Love the stencil! Looks like there is a lot of love you your home....you are blessed. I am diggin the red hair!!

Carmen said...

I am literally kicking myself here Nicole. I just took a small white board to the dump for the exact reason you said. It wouldn't clean off. Curses. The crafter in me is mentally yelling very loudly in my ear to NEVER chuck anything away *sigh* it was in my blitzing session, it's all a nightmarish blur :P

This is gorgeous Nicole - I'll have to remember it for next time - love all your little love messages :)

Stephanie Lynn said...

Hi Nicole! Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your erase board today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

mommyholly said...

WOW that is soooo cute!!! I have been trying to think of something to put on my son's blank wall in his room and now you've given me a great idea!! I adore the yellow frame, as well!! TOO cute!
xoxox Holly

Jackie @ Stinker and Spike said...

That's awesome! I know what I'm doing this weekend! ❀ Thanks ❀

Lisa said...

Great project to salvage something that wasn't working for you. You simply cant go wrong with chalkboards, and kids will write the funniest things on them! Have fun with it. Great job.

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Kenzie said...

This is an amazing project! It is gorgeous!

Kimmy said...

So cute!!! I did something like this with one of my whiteboard that had the same problem. Love the chandelier that you do!

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Kaysi said...

Wow that is awesome! I love the way it looks, great job!

The Artists House said...

I love this. I think I really want to do this for my little girls bedroom. So chic, and practical!

Puzzling Poster said...

I love this too and i'm gonna try it out. I've added a link to it on http://puzzlingposts.blogspot.com/2010/05/crafts-galloreeven-one-ive-done.html

Mandy said...

Love this!!! Great job & great color choice!

Aubrey said...

That is awesome!

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

What a creative idea! I love everything about it! The chandy is adorable and the little flower magnets are perfect. So glad you linked up!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Great way to recycle! Love the chandy too! Great job!

spindlecottage/nannykim said...

Great idea to combine the magnetic board with chalk!

sportzmom said...

So cute and I love your flower magnets!

Red Head said...

It's so great, and you must be a FANTASTIC Mom for all of those complements!

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Darlene S. said...

Fabulous idea! Thanks for the inspiration!