$34 DIY Giant Whiteboard Hack | How To Make A Custom Dry Erase Board On A Budget

Pubblicato il 28 ago 2018
How to make a cheap DIY giant dry erase whiteboard for under $35!
Hello Everyone!
I feel like I have just been throwing a bunch of DIY videos towards you guys lately! As mentioned in my previous video, we just moved from our temporary apartment to a house in Austin and have been busy trying to settle into our new home.
I am so excited because for the first time... EVER... I have my very own office space and have been trying to figure out how to set it up. A must-have for me in this new space is a place where I can write down everything I need to do and any ideas that I might have thought up during the day. I have a blank wall behind my desk that would be the perfect space for a giant whiteboard! Unfortunately, I didn't realize how expensive giant dry erase boards are so I did my research and found this ingenious hack to make a massive 4' x 8' white board using white panel board from the hardware store for less than $35!
As I mentioned in my video, I did not come up with this DIY but got that idea after researching the topic and was inspired by other youtube videos. Here are some of the videos I watched before trying this out for myself:
β€’ The original video I got the giant whiteboard idea from: it-tvs.com/tv/video-EgqrQqhghw4.html
β€’ Another really great video: it-tvs.com/tv/video-gqdaF_rk6-Y.html
β€’ Using mirror mount & plastic bracket trims: it-tvs.com/tv/video-8r6Lm1y_diY.html
Watch this video to see how I made my own custom whiteboard!
Also, if you have a whiteboard or dry erase board that is losing its smoothness, check out
How I Renew My Whiteboards for a Smoother Surface: it-tvs.com/tv/video-un92k6Q7X6A.html
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  • Hi Everyone! I've gotten a lot of questions about how the surface of this board holds up over time and if the smoothness goes away. I noticed after a few months, the surface wasn't as smooth in some parts and after some research, this was my solution to quickly renew the board and restore some of that smoothness. If you're interested, here is how I renewed my board: it-tvs.com/tv/video-un92k6Q7X6A.html

  • Thanks. I have one query can the adhesive tapes used carry the weight of the board ?

  • mam you have pics glassboard use for projector

  • Just about found some white board spray paint at Wal-Mart but they did not carry it at that one. Did find some chalkboard spray paint but bought a new 32 inch tv instead. πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

  • Looooooove this! Thank you!

  • thank you for this. my brain is hectic and no way am i paying 500 dollars to write things down behind me lmao. i am going to be doing this next week

  • Instead of buying a Β£500+ projector screen I can have a custom projector screen that is super easier to clean... This video was great!!! I live in the UK so I hope that B&Q or Homebase have anything like Home depot

  • You are beautiful

  • Thank you so much for sharing!!! You just saved me from spending $200!!! What marker do you use that is easy to erase on this board???

    • Francisco Chacon you’re welcome! I’m so glad you found this video helpful. I use Expo brand. It is also important to maintain the board to keep it easy to erase. I have a follow up video where I show how to do this. Please let me know if you have any questions 😊

  • At lease give the "GUY" credit whose idea you just used. Original video here: it-tvs.com/tv/video-8r6Lm1y_diY.html

  • 2:57 thats called a β€œbutt joint” in woodworking

    • i can confirm this. i know my joints :P

    • wyadlon thats great time know! Thank you! Clearly, I also need to work on lining up my butt joints πŸ˜„

  • Girlllll!!!! How do I thank you?

  • I just literally were looking up Whiteboards and I figured out that they actually are way cheaper than your DIY...

    • wdym? That is great if you are able to find a good deal on them! I personally wasn’t able to find whiteboards larger than 4 feet by 3 feet for less than $75. Can you send me the links for the whiteboards you are referring to? I would love to share them if you can really get a large whiteboard for less than $35. That’s a great price! πŸ˜ƒ

  • I've made several panels like this using Lowe's and also Home Depot whiteboard. They are okay but not great in the long run. Still worth doing for my application though. The problem with these cheaper panels is that the coating is not very durable compared to the material used to manufacture actual whiteboards. It does not hold up very long and the coating wears thin pretty quick from just erasing. Rather quickly it gets to the point where it becomes very difficult to erase and starts to leave a "ghost" even after wiping with whiteboard cleaner. Eventually the coating gets to the point where the substrate starts to become visible as the coating wears thinner and thinner. Then I just re-purpose the panels for something else like shelf liners or whatever.

    • MrIhadanaccount I’ve noticed that also. I found that WD40 works really well to maintain the finish of the board. I apply a very very thin layer every month or so and it keeps the surface smooth. I am thinking about looking into whiteboard paint also for when the board becomes too worn for a layer of wax. Thank you for sharing your experience! I’m always curious to see how this turns out for others who have tried it 😊

  • How did you transport such a big board!?

  • I was thinking of going to Lowe’s and picking up a board. I’m glad I saw this video. Now I’m definitely going to Lowe’s or Home Depot.

  • Thank you !!!

  • Girl, the world needs more people like you that can think outside the box. Thanks!

    • @Quynh Pham I still appreciate you taking the time to show us your way.

    • Cinna Mon you’re so sweet, thank you! Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for this project. I got the idea after watching and researching ideas on IT-tvs and Reddit. I linked some videos that really helped me with this project in my description 😊

  • I think that you are from Chinese if you are not Chinese then sorry for say I am saying sorry but office is liking that you are Chinese

  • My dry erase marker won’t come off so now I just have a big piece of paper basically haha

  • I need a whiteboard to put down my ideas in

  • great video! I'm doing this


  • Great video! I always wanted a big whiteboard just like this! I will try it at home 😊

  • 4:37 it's not straight at all and It's bothering me now lol

  • Cool! I love that video! Thanks for the info!

  • I love u

  • Couldn't find that so I think they changed the name to markerboard! I bought a sheet today 4x2 for $13.47 at Home Depot if anyone's having trouble finding it. :)

    • Jamie Amina I think it’s called hardboard thrifty white tile boards 96x48 for 14.44

    • Jamie Amina thank you for sharing! 😊

  • How did you hall it

    • Brayden Jackson we were able to get it to fit in the bed of our truck. I think if we didn’t have that option, I would have asked them to cut it for me. 😊

  • I can't seem to find the board at my local Home Depot! I'm definitely interested in trying this out. Would you be able to link the whiteboard you found at Home Depot? Thanks!

  • Which material is this?

  • Can't wait to try this!

  • Thanks for showing where thes materials are at HD

  • Hi! What did you ask for when you got the end caps? I can’t find it on Home Depot’s website

  • I like this woman

  • Cutenesses factor 1000??? Far out

  • Complete genius ... U just saved me a headache and $$$$$$$

  • BTW you should learn to measure so you can get those corners proper.

    • Adding it to my list! If this would have been in a more central part of the house I would have put in a bit more effort with measuring, but I'm the only one who sees this so I didn't want to fret too much over details. πŸ˜„

  • Can you please tag who you got this original idea from? Cause the one you got the idea from gave you the bracket idea. Just so the guy you got it from can get some credit too.

    • Thanks for reaching out! Sure thing! As I mentioned in this video, I did not claim to come up with this idea and actually got the idea from multiple videos dating as far back as 2009 on IT-tvs which I have added to my description (there were more than 3 videos I watched but wasn't able to find any of the other ones so I just linked what I could). 😊

    • I helped you out a lil. Now you just have to put it in your video description.

    • it-tvs.com/tv/video-8r6Lm1y_diY.html

  • god i'd love to do you yourself if you know what im saying

  • Great idea. I doubt it, but, by any chance is the board magnetic?

    • @ragnarocking Thats a great idea! Please let me know if you end up trying it out and how it turns out! 😊

    • @Quynh Pham magnetic paint! it-tvs.com/tv/video-vuLoonhzoY4.html Though if it were just painted on standard drywall, the texture would probably be less than ideal for smooth text or drawing. Maybe coating a smoother surface would work - such as a HomeDepot whiteboard or something with a similar texture.

    • ragnarocking unfortunately, it isn’t. That would be amazing though. I’m sure there is a way to get it to be by attaching a metal or magnetic panel behind the board but I haven’t done any research into it so I’m not sure. If you do find a solution, I would love to know! 😊

  • First of all, thanks! I am moving into an older classroom that only has a small dry erase board and a chalk board. As I will be teaching math, I'll need more whiteboard space. I plan on doing this for my classroom. Also, I have used those command strips for a 36" x 48" whiteboard in my classroom. The instructions tell you to hang up the board on the wall just as you showed in the video. However, after a few minutes, you're supposed to separate the board from the wall again and let the wall side of the command strips dry for 30 mins to an hour. That may be why yours didn't hold during summer. I've had these strips hold up year-round in a classroom in FL.

    • I think this DIY board would be great in your new classroom. I recently uploaded a video about how to maintain the board as the smooth finish on it does gradually get worse with time but if it is maintained, you shouldn't have any issues. I didn't even think about taking the board down after sticking the command strips up to let it set! That is such a great point and I'm sure that contributed to mine not working as well! Thank you so much! I will keep that in mind for the future. Many thanks for watching! 😊

  • How do you feel about the quality ? Does it dry and erase cleanly ? Or is it like a crappy one

    • Personally, I think it is almost as good (if not, just as good) as most dry erase boards I've had. Like with most dry erase boards, the surface smoothness goes away over time so I ended up renewing the surface with a thin layer of WD-40 after a year of having it and it seems to be doing the trick! The oil in WD-40 help fill in the micro scratches on the board that makes it less smooth and restores a lot of that smoothness. I plan on doing this every few months just to maintain that smoothness on my board and prevent more scratches over time. If you're interested in how I did this, the link for that video is in my description. I hope this helps! 😊

  • thank you Quynh Pham

  • How did you get home. Can if fit the car?

    • Quynh Pham thank you 😊

    • We have a truck and were able to fit it in the bed of the truck with part of it bent up slightly against the back windows of the truck. You can see if they will cut it for you and perhaps transport it that way?

  • Did it ever fall? I hung a cord board up in my upstairs and it fell off the wall with command strips. I have two classrooms so I would love an update!

    • Mary Ellen Riley mine stayed up pretty well... until summer hit. My office gets really hot in the afternoon and it ended up melting the adhesives from the command strips. I am currently using 6 mirror mounts to hold up my board and figured we would just patch the holes when we moved. It works great and didn’t take too much work to get up (definitely need a second person to help though). Please let me know if you have any other questions 😊

  • 6 months later... How did you affix the panel since the Command strips did not hold up? Thanks for sharing this idea. Btw: My wife and I homeschool and see this as a great tool to use at home.

    • Enoc Reyes I ended up using mirror mounts that are normally used to mount bathroom mirrors (I found them in the bathroom remodel section of Home Depot). They have really cheap plastic ones and also some metal ones. I ended up going with metal. It only took me and my fiancΓ© about 15 minutes to get them up. It is super sturdy and looks great. I am a huge note taker so it’s been wonderful to have this huge space to write down my thoughts and ideas. Please let me know if you have any questions. 😊

  • THANK YOU! I now have a 6ft x 4ft whiteboard for $35.97 .Keep up the good work.

    • Squatting Nomad thank you so much! Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do 😊

  • how is the board doing now? I saw online that this sort of board does better and lasts longer if it's treated with a glycol product to seal the pores. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations in that sense

    • @Quynh Pham thanks so much! (:

    • Kayla Albritton the board is doing well. It has gotten a bit more difficult to wipe marker off it but not anymore than a normal white board. I’ve done a bit of research and found many people suggest using turtle wax or something equivalent to renew the board. I’m planning on trying this very soon and will post an update video when I do 😊

  • I will have to ask HD but I want to screw them into my wall

    • I live in TX and it got too hot for the command strips to keep my board up so I ended up mounting mine with mirror mounts (found them in the bathroom remodeling section of Home Depot). They work really well and gives it a very clean look. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.πŸ˜ƒ

  • Brilliant β€Ό

  • Thank you for your video, I have a question that is it easy to take the board out without ripping the wall because of the command stripes ? Or how can you move the board out without damaging the wall ?

    • If you use the velcro command strips, you should be able to slowly peel the board off the wall without any damage. You will probably need to ask someone to help you though since it is such a big board. The idea is the one part of the velcro command will stay on the wall and the other part is on the board. Since the board is pretty flexible, you can pull it off kind of like a sticker (one command strip at a time). I also want to add that the command strips don't work well if the room they are in gets very hot. Sorry if my explanations are super confusing lol. Let me know if you have any questions πŸ˜„

  • Hi there! Thanks for the video! So, it's been close to a year of you having this whiteboard. Do you have any comments on how it is working out for you? I'm asking because I built the same exact thing a while back and performance is somewhat lacking for me. It feel weird to write on it, where marker doesn't glide as smoothly on the board as it does in an office or school and it somewhat difficult to erase. Can you comment on that, please? Thanks!

    • Hi ​@Quynh Pham. No worries! Thank you very much for getting back to me! It actually never occurred to me to refinish the board. I was already thinking of buying a piece of acrylic and mounting it on top of the board, which would cost a "little" more than a can of WD-40 :D Also, I had some writing on my board for a while (several months) and found it very difficult to erase using both whiteboard eraser spray as well as rubbing alcohol. What worked for me, was rubbing alcohol with Magic Eraser. That combination was working for me with very little effort. Thanks again!

    • I am so sorry for the delay in my response. I actually got this notification when I was driving and meant to respond to it when I got home but it slipped my mind since the notification went away. I also noticed my board getting more difficult to erase and some parts of the board weren't as smooth. I ended up applying a thin layer of WD40 onto my board and it works much better now. There are oils in WD-40 that help fill in the micro scratches on the board that makes it less smooth. I plan on doing this every few months just to maintain the board's smoothness. I actually have a video on it if you are interested: it-tvs.com/tv/video-un92k6Q7X6A.html I hope this helps! Please let me know if you try this and if it helps with your board. 😊

  • Lowe's said they could not cut it

  • Thank you so much. I went to home Depot right after watching your video. It helped me a lot. thanks and the board looks great !

  • This is a good video, thanks for sharing

  • If you cut the board in store, did they reduce the price?

    • No, unfortunately, the board is sold as an 8' x 4' panel. So if you cut it, it would still be the same price. 😊

  • Thanks for sharing this. One question to Pham and to anyone already tried this - how good is it to write on the board using standard dry erase markers compared to usual commercial boards. Is it easy to erase? are there any ghosting problems. Appreciate your time.

    • Sekhar K I find that it is very comparable to a regular whiteboard. I use EXPO markers and haven’t had any issues with ghosting. The one thing I will say is that it has lost some of its smoothness over time but I’ve heard this is normal for whiteboards also. I am going to try adding some wax to it in the future to see if I can renew the surface. I will do an update video when I do and let you know how it goes. I hope this helps! Thank you so much for watching!

  • Thank you