Drywall 101

Make your own whiteboard with whiteboard paint.

Whiteboard paint can be a great creative idea for a children’s bedroom. In your office space you may want to create a large wall that can be used as a whiteboard for project development or brainstorming sessions. Whiteboard paint can give you a fully functional board to write on with erasable markers.

Whiteboard paint while not as common as chalkboard paint can be purchased from many paint suppliers. To create a working whiteboard that will allow erasing requires a very smooth hard finished surface. Therefore traditional paints will not do the trick. Whiteboard paint uses two part epoxy technology that dries to a very hard shinny finish. When you purchase whiteboard paint, look for a product that is sold in two separate cans, generally sold as a boxed set. You will combine these two parts just before painting. How much does whiteboard paint cost? You should be able to buy quart size boxed sets for around \$20. This amount will cover approximately 90 square feet.

Preparing the surface to be painted is absolutely critical to ensure a smooth and evenly finished whiteboard. Prime any unprimed surfaces with a good quality white primer. If you are painting over dark painted surfaces, make sure you prime the area first. Most manufacturers recommend two coats of whiteboard paint which likely will not completely cover very dark colors. Unlike traditional paint where you can just apply a third and fourth coat if necessary, you will have a limited time to apply the epoxy paint before it begins to harden. Therefore, good preparation before beginning to paint is critical.

Picture of eraseable whiteboard painted on dark blue bedroom wall

Using good quality painters tape, mask off the area that you want to turn into a whiteboard. Sand the surface lightly with 150-200 grit sandpaper. Once you are ready to paint. Mix part A and B of the two part epoxy thoroughly. From the time that you combine these parts you have approximately two hours to apply two coats. Whiteboard paint can be rolled or brushed on. Using a good quality 3/8 inch nap roller cover will ensure a smooth surface with minimal texture. Four inch soft woven mini-rollers are a good option if the area you are working on is relatively small. A second coat can be applied after thirty minutes. The first coat may still be slightly tacky however unlike traditional paint it should not smear when applying the second coat. Remove any masking tape after thirty minutes of applying the second coat. This ensures that the tape is removed before the epoxy hardens completely.

If the product you purchased is water based latex epoxy, use warm soapy water for cleanup. The freshly painted whiteboard should be dry to the touch in six to eight hours depending on temperature and humidity levels. Wait a minimum of 3 days before use. When drawing on your new whiteboard make sure to use only dry erase markers.

Making a customizable whiteboard for your office, kitchen or children’s room can be a fun project. With whiteboard paint, you can determine the size, placement, and shape of the whiteboard. Get creative and share your ideas with us. Leave a comment below telling us about your whiteboard project. Or follow us on facebook where you can post comments and questions about this or other topics.

Picture of whiteboard painted on dark blue children's room wall