For better or for worse, you and your kids are spending a lot more time at home than you probably ever wanted to. With summer upon us, you probably want to be outside as much as possible, but in some areas, pools, playgrounds, and even recreational parks are closed for the foreseeable future.
One thing you can do to make your home living space more enjoyable is to add some dry erase walls to kids’ bedrooms or play areas. A dry erase wall is a great way to let kids explore creativity, have more fun practicing spelling and math problems, and do something together to give you a little time to yourself. A dry erase wall in a home office space is also a great way for the working adults at home to brainstorm and problem-solve in a way that lets them stand up and write all over a large space. All in all, it’s a win for everyone in the house.
There are lots of options when it comes to a dry erase wall, and some can be quite expensive. While dry erase paint is one good option, it’s not your only one. Here are a few things you can do that might be more cost-effective and just as enjoyable.
Dry Erase Paint
You can find professional, office-grade dry erase paint from many retailers. They can get a bit pricey but are generally high quality and easy to apply. For example, IdeaPaint runs at about $225 for 50 square feet. You’re getting a very high-quality product, but it might be more than you need.
Rust-Oleum has a white dry erase paint that will cover 50 square feet for $22 and can go on any surface. Reviewers do recommend that you use it on a wall that is smooth rather than textured, however. You will also want to apply a primer underneath it unless you’re painting onto a wall that has flat paint already. Either of these options will do the trick (as will many others available at paint stores or online), it just depends on what you’re willing to spend. If you go this route, just remember to paint in a well-ventilated area and keep kids and pets away until the paint has fully cured.
One of the most inexpensive options is a whiteboard panel, like this. For only $14, you can get a 4 ft. x 8 ft. sheet. You’d obviously have gaps if you want to cover an entire wall, but you might not need anything bigger than this. The edge is unfinished, so you’ll want some end caps like these to protect anyone from cuts. The board’s light enough that you can hang it with command strips rather than drilling any holes in your wall.
Glass or Plexiglass
A large piece of glass or plexiglass will make a great dry erase surface without actually permanently changing your wall. You do need to be careful that you put the glass on a wall that’s a light color (white is best) otherwise, there might not be enough contrast to see the markers. It’s a good idea to sand smooth the edges of the glass or else build a frame to go around it to prevent any cuts.
If your wall color isn’t that light, you can paint one side of the glass or plexiglass white, and mount it with the painted side against the wall.
A giant whiteboard surface doesn’t have to be out of reach for your home! This is an easy weekend project that the entire family will be excited about finishing. Do you have any other great ways to create a dry erase wall? Let us know in the comments!