How to Make a Whiteboard Wall

Before we put our house on the market I saw a picture in a magazine where the bottom half of the wall had chalkboard paint, and the top half was mixture of peg boards and cork boards, the two half’s were separated by chair-arm railing.

Whiteboard Wall_Grinninglikeanidiot-

I liked it so much, I pinned it on my Pinterest board (which I can’t find now – I think that’s the one they took down), but fortunately I ripped it out of the magazine and pinned it to a real board for inspiration.

I had gone down the chalkboard path before and you know what I didn’t like about it? The chalk, all over my floor, on my hands, on the walls, clothes, where ever my kids got it…

White Board Wall-0047

So I decided to go a different route and use Whiteboard paint and Magnetic paint.  I love the results, but I wanted to share my learnings (and you bet I’d do it again!)

What I used:

White Board Wall-0050

Here was my plan: I had several frames that have been sitting in my attic from my art gallery days that I just didn’t’ want to part with, so I pre-placed them on the wall with painters tape.  One of them, signified by the purple paper I turned into a Wall Easel for Em where I was able to reuse parts from her old easel.

White Board Wall-0049

I didn’t want to loose where I’d placed the frames before I started painting, so I took a thumb tack and went along the tape line and occasionally poked the wall, leaving a nice trail of breadcrumbs.

Whiteboard Wall_Grinninglikeanidiot-0006

The first paint I used was the The Rust-Oleum Magnetic Primer.  It goes on black and requires a lot of stirring  – forget about hand shaking it, it’s is pretty heavy container!  Look at the metal clumped to the stir stick, it took me a good 5 minutes to stir it up.

Whiteboard Wall_Grinninglikeanidiot-0007

I painted two coats in the two smaller frames and in the 30 x 40 frame.

Whiteboard Wall_Grinninglikeanidiot-0019

Here is what it looked like after I painted the Rust-Oleum Magnetic Primer.

Whiteboard Wall_Grinninglikeanidiot-0024

Then I added a coat of white primer over the magnetic paint.

Whiteboard Wall_Grinninglikeanidiot-0025

Then in under 60 minutes I painted mixed the Ideapaint and painted the walls.  The instructions say that you have to move fast and put a nice thick layer on, and they weren’t kidding.  I had 80 sqft to cover, which used 2 -40 oz kits. There is no skimping on this product if you want it done right.  (You can probably tell, I did this in a day – the lighting gets worse and worse :) )


Em got a kick out of the magnets (I hadn’t revealed at this time that it was also a whiteboard – I was afraid she’d grab her regular markers).

Whiteboard Wall_Grinninglikeanidiot-0070

Here is what it looked like once I got the frames up.  I screwed them onto the wall so I didn’t have to worry about knocking them around and getting crocked.

Whiteboard Wall_Grinninglikeanidiot-

Then to top it off, I added this awesome 4 month whiteboard calendar (at the top so the kids can’t get it) for important dates that I keep track of for work.  And, so the kids would grab the right kind of markers, I added a mason jar of whiteboard markers in one of the frames (I’ll show that in another post as another Pinterest do. :))

Whiteboard Wall_Grinninglikeanidiot--2

I LOVE the whiteboard, magnetic wall!  When I’m on conference calls I’m all about writing stuff down, drawing things out, getting the big picture. – My manager probably thinks I was kidding when I said I wrote down “Be Nice!” on my whiteboard. :)

I hope this inspires you to get creative with your space and walls – not only is this functional, but it’s art too – I just love my wall!!! It makes me smile every time I look at it. :)

  • Lynda Self

    Wow! That is so neat. I am really impressed.

  • faigie

    This is real problematic you know…how can you not teach your children now not to color on the walls :)

    • http://www.grinninglikeanidiot.com/ Stephanie

      This comment cracked me up! I’ve used the “Magic Eraser” on at least two doors and multiple walls (and that was a sharpie! and then various markers and paint – Em is an artist in the making). If the Magic Eraser doesn’t get it off, then Kilz (found at Lowes/Home Depot/Paint store) and a coat of paint will.
      Thanks for commenting! Love the comment!!
      Stephanie from GrinningLikeAnIdiot.com

  • alesia83

    Recently I was extremely low on money and debts were eating me from all sides! That was UNTIL I decided to make money.. on the internet. I went to surveymoneymaker dot net, and started filling in surveys for cash, and surely I’ve been far more able to pay my bills! I’m so glad, I did this! With all the financial stress these years, I really hope all of you will give it a chance. – 36ru

  • http://www.facebook.com/jelly.andrews.7 Jelly Andrews

    This idea seems great. Magnetic chalkboard wall seems a
    great way to have reminders, memos, bills and maybe some inspirational quotes
    in place. But it is just quite costly and laborious since you have to paint it many
    times just to achieve its magnetic effect.


  • Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins

    How creative! I bet my daughter would love this in her room!

  • Doodle741

    SO SO SMART! I need to do this!

  • moscatomom

    OH MY GOSH!!! I have to do this in my office!! That is so awesome!!

  • Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity

    I love this because then it would be okay if my daughter colored on the wall with a marker.