Making your own white board

To have a separate room or not for homeschool…seems to be a hot topic in some circles. We have divided a room into part my craft room and the other is for homeschool. We do some things in there and the kids are at their desks and other things we do on the floor, the couch or outside if we feel like it. πŸ™‚ Either way, I wanted a big 4×8 white board and they were $300 at a few online places even with the free shipping, so what is a thrifty gal to do..we already have a small board (1 side white board, other side chalk in easel format) but I wanted something bigger. I heard folks talk about making a board out of tile board, what in tarnation is that I asked, so I did what I always do when I really don’t have the mental capacity to figure something out, I called my dad. You have to understand my dad is retired and spends his time soaking up information on all kinds of topics, yet he doesn’t talk much until you hit on a topic that he likes and then you are in big trouble…we tease him that he is either constipated or has diarrhea in the chatting department…gross but true. πŸ˜‰

Anyhoo, he walks around Lowe’s on a weekly basis so I figured that he had more free time on his hands than myself and he likes missions. He found the stuff and it is sometimes called tile, sometimes panel, sometimes showerboard but here is a pic of the tag at Lowe’s..

what to buy

You also need to buy a piece of plywood, I figured everyone knew what that looked like. It is imperative to get some of this stuff…for the crafty, think of a hot glue gun in cold form. πŸ™‚

liquid nails

Bring your goodies home and hand camera to a little girl on a stool so she can take pics of all the action. First step, screw the plywood to your wall (of course, after you have found the studs). There’s a stud in the picture, he’s only 3 though… πŸ˜€

putting up board

Next, make sure you have a few extra hands

takes a few people

Once the board is securely screwed to your wall, apply the adhesive (technical term for glue)

glue art

While I was busy making squiggly lines, my dad pre-drilled the board – very important. Keep your holes near the edge and 3 on each side is good, here is one close-up


Then put the board up and yes the walls are white and the board is white, I am checking your eye sight. πŸ™‚ I think we will frame the board with trim but that isn’t too high on the priority list right now. That’s mom holding up the board.

putting it up

Voila, your own white board for less than $25 buckaroos (we already had screws). If you are concerned with ghosting, I have checked a few sites (amazing how many people make these things) and it seems that nail polish, ammonia and water, and Mr. Clean’s magic erasers work wonders.

You are hereby charged to go forth and make white boards because the $275 saved can be used for much important stuff like fabric, trim…oh, this is about homeschooling, I meant books, educational supplies, etc. πŸ˜‰

17 thoughts on “Making your own white board”

  1. Oooooh! I love your white board. I have white board envy, but no walls that I can put one on. Good job!

    Thanks so much! They will cut it at the store (you have to be careful I read in that they do it carefully), so maybe a portable one for you! πŸ™‚

  2. Thank you so much! I read this at exactly the right time… and your pictures are great, too.

    Thank you for stopping by and I will let my little photographer know that she did well. πŸ™‚

  3. Now THAT is nifty. Very cool. We have a school room also – that is also their play room. It’s not how I want it yet. Hopefully when the boys get older they will have smaller toys (probably wishful thinking…) and we can get some order in here!

    I have no idea how you keep up with 2 blogs! Happy belated birthday, though, and what a treat to get to sew AND go out to dinner. :o)

    God bless,

    Older yet with smaller toys, I doubt it but you can dream. πŸ™‚ I really don’t know how I keep up either and think that I may have to reconsolidate to keep some sanity. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes and yes, sewing and dinner out made for a delightful day!

  4. Fabulous! This is EXACTLY what I’d do if we owned a home, unfortunately I can’t do this in a parsonage. I love it though, great job and teamwork!

    Many blessings

    Thanks so much!!! Teamwork was definitely needed, all hands on deck! πŸ˜‰ Maybe a portable one for you that has been cut down is a possibility….

  5. OK, that is nifty. But what I’m interested in is, is that you on the right, in red??? πŸ™‚

    And, btw, do NOT use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers on white board. It ruins the finish, because the Magic Erasers actually contain microabrasives that take the top finish off of whatever it is that the stain is upon.

    Ammonia is probably your best bet.

    Yes that is me on the right in red, I made sure I cropped to the waist as the camera added a few pounds. πŸ˜€ Thanks for the tip about the Mr. Clean. I haven’t had a problem yet so I haven’t tried any heavy duty cleaners but was surprised at how many sites mentioned nail polish remover…go figure! πŸ™‚

  6. I never thought about putting the ply wood behind it! We had a white board that we had purchased this same way except it wasn’t as sturdy. If only I would have read this sooner πŸ™‚ Great pictures! Great team work!

  7. Mr. Clean erasers work great. I used them in my classroom all last year with no problems. You just want to make sure that you do not WET them. Home Depot or Lowes will also cut this for you into 12*12 squares to make individual practice board. However, they make almost 30 so I am not sure that you would need that much.
    I buy the white board makers at Sams Club that come in all the ‘cool’ colors and for some reason this is sooo much more fun πŸ˜‰

  8. Great idea!! I saw this a while back, of course by then I had already purchased “the real thing” which is smaller than I would like. So what did I do? Went out and bought the tileboard and had it cut into small pieces (18X12 or something) and each child has their own personal white board (and enough leftover to supply the entire community! LOL)

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