How to Use Glass As a Whiteboard

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Whiteboards, also called markerboards and dry-erase boards, are typically made from melamine or plastic-coated cardboard. While inexpensive, they tend to scratch easily and retain marker stains as they age, becoming less erasable over time. Fortunately whiteboard or dry-erase markers work equally well on glass. Glass in a picture frame is easy to clean, making it ideal for creating your own whiteboard. When you choose frame and backing colors to complement your decor, you can make your DIY whiteboard a unique personal statement.

Things You'll Need

  • Picture or photo frame
  • Thin cardboard or poster board
  • Spray paint, decorative paper or other background material
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Glass cleaner
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Remove the backing from a picture or photo frame and set aside. Cut a piece of thin cardboard to fit within the frame. Paint the cardboard with your desired color of spray paint. You could also wrap the cardboard with a light fabric, or cut a piece of solid-colored or decorative paper the same size as the cardboard.

  • Clean both sides of the glass using glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth.

  • Reassemble the photo frame, placing your chosen background so it faces the front of the glass. Replace the heavier backing that came with the frame and secure the clips on the back of the frame.

  • Hang or mount the frame on the wall. Write notes on the glass with dry erase markers. Clean the marker writing off the board using glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use an existing window or mirror as a whiteboard. Hang a window in its frame against a solid-colored wall to make the writing easier to read. Mirrors used as whiteboards will be easier to read if they face a solid-color wall. You can also frost the back side of the glass in a window frame or picture frame and hang on a solid-colored wall.
  • A double-sided whiteboard can be created by sandwiching a layer of material between two pieces of glass in a freestanding frame. If you prefer to go frameless, use tempered glass with beveled, smoothed edges.
  • Glass is less porous than other whiteboard surfaces and can withstand harsher chemical cleaners. Even permanent marker can be removed without staining.
  • Handle your glass whiteboard with care. Glass can shatter under force or if dropped. If you are doing your own glass cutting, wear heavy gloves and use eye protection.

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