The last few days have been a flurry of finishing projects in the office, preparing for the big reveal on Thursday. We finished up the custom dry erase boards, so I thought it might be helpful if I shared the quick tutorial now. They were super simple and add tons of glam to the office, even though they were cheap. That’s a win in my book!
To make your own board, start with a picture or poster frame in whatever size you would like. Just tap on the front before purchasing and make sure it is real glass. If you leave dry erase marker on the plexiglass too long, it seems to etch the surface.
Since the project uses spray paint, we put up our HomeRight Spray Shelter to protect the garage floor and cars from over-spray.
If you haven’t entered last week’s HomeRight giveaway in the One Room Challenge update post yet, make sure you click over to enter. HomeRight was kind enough to give away a set of one Spray Shelter and one Small Spray Shelter as part of that post’s sponsorship. As you can see by all the colors on the back of my tent, we use this product all the time! And every time, I’m astonished it fits right back into a small bag that we hang on the wall.
Okay, with your Spray Shelter set up, it’s time to paint!
Remove the glass from your frame, if possible. If it’s being endlessly stubborn, that’s okay too. Just use painters tape around the back of the frame to protect it from over-spray. Make sure you’re working on the BACK of your glass.
Shake up the gold mirror finish paint, and apply a light coat using a sweeping side to side motion. Make sure your spray extends all the way to the end of the glass.
After one minute, it’s already time for the 2nd coat. For the second coat, we switched directions as you can see in the photos.
Add three additional coats, one minute apart, continuing to alternate directions between coats. The direction swapping isn’t totally mandatory, but it helps get every spot covered.
A few minutes after the 5th coat of gold is applied, spray on the matte clear topcoat. This IS mandatory. I didn’t do it the first time, and learned how easy it is to mess up the gold finish without the sealer.
The hardest part is next. Walk away and let that sealer dry for 24 hours before you continue. Patience is difficult when you’re ready to see your project!
When the sealer has cured, you just have to put the back on your frame and hang it on the wall. So easy! I’ll show you these jumbo 24 x 36 boards in the full office reveal Thursday, but today I have a different sneak peak.
We made three smaller gold dry erase boards to use as calendars. I started with 16 x 20″ IKEA RIBBA frames, and followed the same steps above.
Then, I cut a grid out of white vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo machine and applied it to the front of my glass. If you don’t have a vinyl cutter, you can get the same effect using a roll of white striping tape.
The month name and date numbering was done with a white dry erase marker. I left space below the grid to add any notes or reminders.
Each RIBBA frame sits on a 1×4 mounted to the wall. This wouldn’t work with all frames, but they have the perfect deep back.
When I was brainstorming calendar solutions, I kept finding ideas online that would leave me rewriting everything each time a month changed. With my three board system, as each month passes, the boards just move up a slot on the wall. The top board will get erased and reused as the bottom board. Each board ends up in use for a full three months.
I’ll use a mixture of writing directly on the boards, and Post-It notes to keep the schedule updated. The Post-It’s are perfect for planning out my blog posts, as post dates can change. When that happens, I’ll just move the sticky note.
You can see I don’t have anything scheduled in January yet, but in the bottom notes section, I’m already brainstorming new organizing post ideas
Okay, I better get back to finishing this office. I can’t wait until I’m done working on it and instead working in it!