I wanted to like the dry erase paint I bought, I really did. It wasn’t my first choice but it was what my husband wanted on the office wall for him to keep track of all his work projects. So off I went to paint a portion of the wall, and then wait 2 days for it to cure (tick tock tick tock.)
Let’s just say I’m using “erase” loosely when I say dry ERASE paint.
I taped off the area to be painted and away we went. I even got some help from a handsome young man.
Well, after the curing time was over I wrote on the wall and tried to erase it but that didn’t work out well. See below.
Writing on the Wall“Erased” Writing on the Wall
Hmmmm. Do you see a problem here?
Now, this could have been user error. I know plenty of people will sing the praises of dry erase paint. Except, I don’t think it was because I did it twice and even called to make sure I was following the directions correctly. whomp whomp 🙁
What To Do Instead!
Thankfully, I had a back up plan. Plexiglass!
Except, the glass store wanted to charge me $125 for the size I wanted. No dry erase board is worth $125, people!
My thrifty wheels started turning and I went to a second hand store. There are always a bazillion frames there and most have plastic instead of glass.They had exactly what I was looking for and it cost me $8 total. I knew I wouldn’t find the size I needed in one piece of plexi because this area is 5’x2′.
I nailed some fabric to the wall first to make a pretty background for the board. It was actually a shower curtain my sister gave me. I liked the pattern but it didn’t match my bathroom. Good thing I don’t throw anything out.
To get the plexiglass to stay on the wall I just nailed it in place with some small nails. The heads keep it in place without sliding off to the side.
Create the Frame
I used inexpensive 1x3s for the frame. I mitered the corners and stained them. Some of you saw my “guess what I’m making” Instagram post. Well, I was staining the frame for this project. I like to stain and paint things before they go up on the wall so I don’t have to try to be neat. It doesn’t always work out, but I like it when it does.
I made sure the frame was over the plexiglass enough to keep it in place, leveled the boards and shot them into the wall with my nail gun. Some of the nails also went through the plexi but it didn’t crack, phew! I would recommend aiming away from it though.
While it didn’t work out as perfectly as I would have liked due to the price of plexiglass (who knew?) I am happy with how it turned out. Bottom line, the seam in the middle of the board saved me $120. I think it is worth it!
To make sure no colored dust gets on the fabric, I sealed the seam with clear caulk.
Have you had better luck than I did with dry erase paint? I think I will stick to chalkboard paint cause that, I love!