How to Make a Magnetic Whiteboard

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Whiteboards and magnet boards are practically essential items home organization. Typically, you buy one or the other and find a place to hang it. With advances in paint technology, you can have both items in one and paint the board right onto the perfect wall for it. This all-in-one organizational center is easy to make at home with just a few supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Magnetic paint
  • Whiteboard paint
  • Measuring tape
  • Straight edge
  • Painter's tape
  • Mild detergent
  • Joint compound
  • Sandpaper
  • Dusting cloth
  • Stir stick
  • Paintbrushes
  • Trim materials
  • Mark the spot on the wall where you'll paint the whiteboard. Draw the square or rectangle on the wall using a measuring tape and straight edge. Use painter's tape to outline the area.

  • Wash the wall with a rag and mild detergent to ensure you have a clean, unblemished surface on which to paint. Allow the wall to dry. Add joint compound to fill any holes or cracks. Sand the surface so it's smooth and dust the residue off with a dry cloth.

  • Stir the magnetic paint in the can for 10 minutes. When the paint is a consistent color, it's ready to use.

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding the number of coats to apply to the wall. Typically, you'll need at least two coats for the magnets to work effectively. Allow the paint to dry between each coat.

  • Apply whiteboard paint when the magnetic paint is dry. Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding the number of coats to apply to the wall. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly.

  • Trim your board outline with a wooden frame, rope, ribbon or even decals. After sufficient drying time, your board is ready for magnets and dry erase markers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Let the surface dry for at least two days before using dry erase markers.
  • Magnetic and whiteboard paint are meant for indoor use.

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