I've been needing a white board for my office/project room to help me keep track of my daily schedule and just random thoughts and ideas. My desk quickly gets filled with paperwork and small notes that make for a messy work space.
I knew I not only wanted to be able to write on the board, but also be able to hang notes and other items, so having it be magnetic was a must. I just so happened to snag one of the right size and spec in the back to school clearance section (yay me!). The problem is, most white boards are ugly and plain. Most are framed in metal or plastic, but if you are lucky you can find a wood framed one, but the finish options don't always fit with your space.
My office is colorful and I wanted it to coordinate with the colors in the room. So, I transformed a plain white board to have more style. I also threw away the cheap magnets that came with the board and transformed some of my own. Here are the steps I took to create the look.
Materials for White Board:
- Magnetic white board - mine was wood-framed, but you could do this with a metal or plastic-framed one as well.
- 1/4" circle coding labels
- Spray primer - make sure it adheres to the material you are using.
- Spray paint - again, suitable for the material. I needed cream and green to achieve this look.
- Clear spray sealer
- Painter's tape
- Heavy weight paper for masking off
- A box smaller than the white board or something to prop the board off the ground
Materials for Magnets:
- 4 pack of metal clip magnets - I found these at Walmart.
- Spray primer
- Spray paint in the color of your choice - mine was cream
- Clear spray sealer
Steps for White Board:
1. Prep the white board by covering the writing surface with heavy weight paper and painter's tape. Fill in frame corner joints with caulk if necessary. Remove any labels on the frame.
2. Evenly coat the the frame with the spray primer according to the manufacturer's instructions.
3. When primer has sufficiently dried, apply an even coat of the cream spray paint and let dry.
4. Apply the 1/4" circle labels to the frame. I did this in a random pattern, but you can do it how you like.
I have to admit when I saw all those bright dots on the white, I was pretty skeptical of how this was all going to look in the end.
5. Apply an even coat of green spray paint (or color of your choice) on the frame over the circle labels. Let paint completely dry.
6. Carefully peel the circle labels off the frame to reveal the cream paint below.
7. Give the frame a coat of clear spray finish and let dry.
Steps for the Magnets:
1. Using small cardboard scraps, cover and tape the magnet on the back side.
2. Spray primer on the back and front sides of the clips according to the manufacturer's instructions and let dry.
3. Repeat with the desired spray paint color of your choice.
4. When paint is dry, apply a coat of the clear spray finish.
Hang the board according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Here is the finished look.
And here is a close up of the painted magnets.
I found a white magnetic holder that works great for the dry erase markers and the eraser.