Quest for an inexpensive board that works…….
I really needed a good dry erase board for my craft/class room, but I did not want to spend hundreds of dollars to get the set up that I wanted. In the past, I have tried smaller boards purchased from office supply stores. I have also tried the paintable white boards. Both had there faults. The purchased boards were too small and very expensive for their size. The paintable white boards were never quite as smooth as the store bought, and they eventually show the dreaded ghosting.
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DIY Dry Erase Board on a Dime…
So, a few years ago I decided to try the boards being sold in the big box stores. They were relatively cheap, and I figured that if they did not hold up to my demands, at least it wouldn’t be too much of a loss. Well, I must say that I am very pleased. I use these every day, sometimes immediately erasing after each use and sometimes leaving it for months on end. As you can see, there is no ghosting.
How to keep it looking like new…….
The trick that I found is to use a combination of both wet and dry erase markers.* If I plan to leave writing for any length of time, I use the wet erase markers.* If it is something that I will erase that day, (such as homeschool lessons) I use the dry erase markers. For daily cleaning, I use the dry eraser for the dry erase markers. If I need to clean the wet markers, I just spritz some water on the board and wipe clean with paper towels. About once every 2-3 months, I clean them well with diluted denatured alcohol and a soft cloth. (1 part alcohol to 4 parts water). However, I have been known to leave the wet marker content for more than double that time, without any ghosting being left behind.
The combination of both wet/dry markers works great for creating charts or tables where you want to make frequent changes to the content without needing to redo the whole thing. For example: draw in a general calendar with the wet markers* and use the dry erase markers* for day-to-day notes. When you use the dry eraser, the calendar frame remains intact for next month. I like to make schedules for my son’s class assignments. So, the long board on the right usually has a table showing each course (written in wet erase marker) and the corresponding pages (written in dry erase). This way, I can just change the assignment pages each day.
So, what’s on my wall????
- (2) 24×48 precut dry erase boards from Home Depot – cost $20
- (1) 48×24 precut white board from Lowes – cost $10
- picture frame/panel molding from Lowes – cost $10 for each 8′ section
Total cost for all 3 boards: $90
Each board average: $30