Sunday, October 6, 2013

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.

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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...

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So I decided to go a different route and use IdeaPaint - White Whiteboard Paint and Rust-Oleum Magnetic Primer paint.  I love the results, but I wanted to share my learnings (and you bet I'd do it again!)

What I used:

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.

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Then in under 60 minutes I painted mixed the IdeaPaint - White Whiteboard Paint 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 wall- I was afraid she'd grab her regular markers).

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 crooked.

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. :))

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. :)