Angie Mozilo shares how to make dry erase board

In a busy world, you sometimes need reminders to help keep you focused and on track.

Technology is a great tool for some. But for many, the tactile and visual experience of a written note is a better option to help them keep organized. 

Here's an easy and inexpensive way to create a beautiful dry-erase board for those notes, using re-purposed items.  

You will need:

Reclaimed Cupboard Door*
Acrylic Paint
Clear Contact Paper/Shelf Liner
Masking Tape
Sand paper
Gentle Soap and a wash cloth
Dry erase pens and eraser**

Directions:
1.    Begin prepping the reclaimed cupboard door by wiping it down with a gentle soap and water solution and a wash cloth to remove any household residue.  Once it is thoroughly dry, gently sand the center panel of the door with a fine sand paper. Wipe of any residue from the sanding.
2.    Use masking tape (or any painter's tape) to tape-off the area that will be painted.
3.    Paint the taped off area with two coats, letting the first coat dry completely before painting the second.  Let second coat dry completely before moving to the next step.
4.    Measure the painted area and cut a piece of clear contact paper/shelf liner to the same dimension.
5.    Pull back one edge of the contact paper far enough to match it up with the edge of painted surface. Apply the exposed (sticky) side to the edge of the painted surface.  Slowly peel away paper backing while smoothing the surface side against the painted surface.   When it is completely applied use your hands to smooth out any air bubbles.  Note: If using dark colored paint, the surface will have a chalk board look to it.
Use the existing drill holes from the hardware as a guide for affixing wall hanging hooks to your finished board.  Hang it up and write away!

*If a cupboard door is not available, any board with a flat surface can be used.
**If using dark paint, use bright or neon pens.  If using a lighter paint, note that you may need to change out the contact paper on occasion to keep the board looking fresh.  Terrycloth square can be used in place of an eraser if needed.

Angie Mozilo is a speaker and the Author of AZ Mom of Many Hats Blog  and www.iamwomanenough.com where she shares tips, tricks, ideas and motivation to help moms and all women be the best that they can be through community, creativity, and Life-Stewardship. Stop by for more ideas and inspiration!

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